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A good sale to Barcelona.
United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air’s $645 fare is a regular economy fare with ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on
United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air also have a $506 fare, but it is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy / Economy Light fares:
- DO NOT allow for advance seat assignment
- DO NOT include checked bags – they are $70 each way for the 1st bag and $100 each way for 2nd
- DO NOT allow for changes
- DO NOT allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase
- Most online travel agencies are not properly displaying these fares with United / Air Canada / Austrian / Lufthansa / Swiss Air as BASIC ECONOMY
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Sample Travel Date:
- October 19th – 26th
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel in August or October – early December or January 2022. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 50 days in advance of departure
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How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: LAX
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ua ewr ua
- Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
- This instructing ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. Use those dates on Orbitz and you will be present with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare
- Destination: BCN
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ua ewr ua
- Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- LAX – EWR – BCN (Barcelona) – EWR – LAX
- Not permitted
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- Miles Flown: 12,562 miles or 5.1 cents per mile
- Redeemable Miles: 2,705 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Select the $506 fare in the search results and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $139 more (or $645 total roundtrip). The regular fare with advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag included.
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