American – $569 (Regular Economy) / $459 (Basic Economy): Houston / Denver – Madrid, Spain. Roundtrip, including all Taxes


A good fare to Madrid.

The regular economy fare at $569 with American, British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia includes ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on.

The $459 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 $60 each way)
  • Do not allow for changes
  • Do not allow for cancellations. 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 American, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia as Basic Economy.

Cibeles square from the city hall in Madrid). Photo: Miguel Diaz via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Houston
  • March 5th – 13th, 2019
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel in March 2019 and from late-October 2019 – mid-January 2020 for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Friday returns. Must purchase at least 1 day in advance of departure.

Note: This fare is valid at the time of posting. If this post is more than two days old, the fare is most likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

The following instructs ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. But when using those same dates on Priceline, you will be presented with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: IAH
      • For travel from Denver, enter “DEN” into the departure field
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: aa+
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
    • Destination: MAD
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: aa+
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
    • Click on the “Advanced Routing Codes” link to enable advanced routing code input
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Enter departure date
    • Length of stay: 3-10
      • The maximum search range is 7 days, so enter ranges in this format: 0-7, 3-10, 5-12, etc.

The ITA search page should look like the following when all values are inputted.

You cannot buy tickets through ITA. To buy tickets, follow our instructions below in the “How to Buy Airline Tickets” section.

Fare Class:

  • O

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $351.00

Sample Routing:

  • IAH – ORD (Chicago) – MAD (Madrid) – MIA (Miami) – IAH

Sample Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 10,488 miles or 5.4 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 10,488 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 1,755 miles

How to Buy Airline Tickets:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
  • From the search results page, after selecting the basic economy fare at $459 you will have the option to select the regular economy fare at $569. The regular economy fare includes advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag.


For more of the latest deals for Houston, visit our Houston fares page.

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