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Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city. The city is located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain and has a rich history attracting travelers from all over the world.
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Airports near Barcelona
Barcelona is primary served by one airports, being the main one for travel through Europe and international travel.
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Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (BCN)
The airport two major terminals that include cafes, duty free shops, and luggage lockers for those on a layover to go into the city.
Airlines Flying To Barcelona
Iberia is Spain’s flagship airline but they only serve 1 nonstop flight to the US out of San Francisco. However, all of the major airlines in the US offer a nonstop flight including Delta, United, and American Airlines.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Miami International Airport (MIA)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
If you do not live near one of these airports it’s likely you will connect in one of these cities before making your trip across the pond.
Airfare to Barcelona
Ticket prices to Barcelona can vary depending on what season you are traveling you can expect to pay between $150 – $250 roundtrip in the off season and $250 – $350 during peak season. We like using Skyscanner to find the best deal and their compare page makes it easy.
Here is a breakdown of average round trip prices by month.
Note often prices appear cheaper here that are on discount airlines and fly at odd hours but it is doable to do in the price point.
There is also a tool that can run a compare of various cities if you have set dates or months in mind. All you need to do is enter a timeframe for departure and Skyscanner does the rest.
Unfortunately no carriers offer a traditional First class from the US to Barcelona currently. If you were set on first class experience it is possible via a layover with British, Swiss, or Lufthansa but we wouldn’t think its worth it just for the added comfort.
Best Business Class
Not all business class are made equal so if you are willing to pay a premium for comfort (or shell out some points) we’ll tell you what option would be best.
1. United Airlines 767
United Polaris Business Class is one of the most comfortable and private seats to fly across the Atlantic. We’ve flown it multiple times from Newark to Frankfurt and indulged in the amazing Polaris lounge prior to takeoff. United will start flying the 767 nonstop to Barcelona from November 2021 onwards in a 1-1-1 configuration making each seat have its own aisle access. We would easily say this is a great business class product from the US to Barcelona.
2. American Airlines 787
With a comfortable 1-2-1 designed cabin American Airlines comes in at #2 on our list. The airline has invested in upgrading their business class over the past few years and swapping out older seats with updated interiors. If you can snag a seat on American at a good price it’ll be a great way to get you into Barcelona.
3. Iberia A330
While Iberia business does not offer the most privacy we tend to like the layout that offers more room than most business class seats. This plane is also ideal if traveling as a couple since some seats are set in pairs allowing you to be together that is more difficult on Americans offering.
All 4 major airlines have reputable business classes and we don’t suggest taking a longer route just to pick one over the other. But if you are coming from a major city that offers more than one, we think its good to compare before you go.
Best Economy Class
There usually isn’t a major difference in economy class hard product but there may be items some airlines do better than others.
1. United 767 Economy
United is a standout with the plane flying to Barcelona looking to have the most comfortable economy class. The layout is a 2-3-2 while most others offer a 2-4-2 layout. Again this won’t make a major difference, especially if you are able to snag one of the 2 seat sections on any of the other airlines. However, on a full flight you will definitely notice a roomier cabin even if the plane is a bit smaller compared to an American 787.
Summary & Takeaways
With many different airlines offering service to Barcelona this is great news for consumers. In our opinion, United Business Class the remainder of the options tend to be fairly similar and you should have a comfortable trip regardless of which you choose.
Keep in mind many airlines are trying to find other ways to separate themselves like lounge access and investment in better food. If you have flexibility on this route we recommend going with an airline that suites your travel needs and letting us know what you think is best in the comments
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