You have dozens of airports to choose from when you fly from The US to Spain. You first need to take into account the vacation destination and choose the closest international airport to fly into. But it does pay off to be flexible, whether that means to fly into a bigger airport to save money or to fly into another European country and then choose a low-cost flight to get to Spain. You may also choose to fly open-jaw – landing in one city in Spain and departing from another. This can save you both time and money.

Airport choices

Flights from the East Coast of the US to Spain will be cheaper and there are direct flights available.

Spain is served by many airports – nearly every large city has one – which makes flying easy and often quite affordable. You can usually find a better deal at larger airports (flying into smaller airports may require a connection, which can drive the price up), so you should look for flights into Madrid’s Madrid-Barajas Airport, which is the busiest airport in terms of international traffic. The second busiest is Barcelona’s Aeropuerto de Barcelona in the north of the country.

When flying out of USA there are plenty of airports to choose from, many of which offer direct flights to Madrid and Barcelona. You can most easily find cheap, direct flights from the USA to Spain at  JFK , a major international hub for Delta and a secondary hub for American Airlines, or at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, one of the busiest international airports in the US.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to Spain from USA are offered by the following airlines:

  • Delta
  • American Airlines
  • Continental
  • Iberia
  • Aer Lingus

Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights to Spain from the USA vary according to the season. The highest fares can always be found during the peak season: June, July, August and September. Typically, winter, late fall, and early spring are the cheapest times to fly to Spain.

Direct flights between the two countries are easy to find and if you fly from the East Coast or Chicago you’ll pay the cheapest airfare. For example,  ticket prices from New York to Barcelona can be as low as $400 during winter, and as high as $1000 during summer months. From Chicago to Madrid, expect to pay at least $500 during off season and anywhere from $700 to $1100 during peak times.

Money saving tips

Booking your ticket further in advance can help you find a good deal. Look at flying into one city and out another, and compare the price between flying direct and flying into another city and then taking a low-cost flight to your final destination.

Check the discounted websites but remember that not all of them list the European low-cost carriers. You can compare the options on sites such as Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but for the cheapest European flights you need to check Skyscanner or check the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines.