USA to Madrid and Barcelona. Yes Free!


1. Let’s make it really simple. Go here and apply for this Citibank American Airlines card. Don’t worry if it doesn’t show the bonus. You will get it! However, if you’re not convinced, do go to this Flyertalk thread and see what other folks are saying about it. You will need to spend $2,500 within months. Spend it only on something you will buy anyway.

Citibank AAdvantage Business Card: $150 statement credit for the first eligible AA purchase, 50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in 4 months, 2 Admiral Club passes.

2. Go here and apply for one Chase British Airways card. You will pay $95 annual fee.

Chase British Airways 50,000 Miles Offer (you can also grab up to 50,000 more miles if you spend up to $20,000 within the first year)

3. Co here to American site and check your OffPeak MileSaver availability from your city to either Madrid or Barcelona. Since I don’t know where you live I’ll show flights from NYC. You have reduced 40,000-mile round trip redemption award if you fly before May, 50,000 after. I picked a week in May. Availability is excellent. Tweak with your dates if you want a direct flight.

4. Go here to British and register for Avios account. You will not be able to search award flights without registering first. My Fly Me to Atlantis book gives you a screen-by-screen description on how to do award searches on British.

5. Search for flights. The route between Madrid and Barcelona has great availability in March.

British Mad-BCN

6. That’s it, you’re done! You will have only spend 40,000 AA miles and 9,000 British miles for the whole trip. You will still hold on to 41,000 British Avios for fabulous trips to Mexico or Caribbean or to Hawaii if you live on the West Coast. Ask me how.

But if you want to fly before May you can make it even easier and work it out with one AA card. Instead of a round trip itinerary, you will take a multicity itinerary as shown here. For example you could go JFK-Mad-BCN-JFK. You’ll only need 50,000 American miles if you choose this route. However, it won’t work for you if you want to go in summer: you’ll need 60,000 miles, hence you won’t be able to do it without British Avios.

Boy, that was easy.:)


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Thanks for the info. I will flying out of Washington DC. Any suggestions on where to stay using points?


Sounds great! Thanks again.

Sam Emara

Thanks for the info!

How would you use BA Avios to go to Mexico, Caribbean or Hawaii from the west coast? I live in Seattle.


Sam Emara

Thank you!

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