United – $549 (Regular Economy) / $459 (Basic Economy): Minneapolis – Madrid, Spain. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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A good fare to Madrid.

The regular economy fare at $549 from United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air allows for ONE checked luggage and a normal size carry-on.

There is also a $459 fare, but it is a Basic Economy/Economy Light fare. The 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 United, Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air as Basic Economy.

ITA will show prices of $459 for the Basic Economy fare. Use our instructions below to learn how to book the regular economy fare.

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

Sample Travel Date:

  • January 24th – February 1st, 2019
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from late-January 2019 – late-February 2019. Must purchase at least 7 days 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:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: MSP
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: o:ua+
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
    • Destination: MAD
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: o:ua+
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
    • 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:

  • K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $351.00

Sample Routing:

  • MSP – EWR (Newark) – MAD (Madrid) – EWR – MSP

Sample Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 9,200 miles or 5.9 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 9,200 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.
  • Select the regular economy fare.


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