American is selling directly its New York JFK – Barcelona flight for $376 roundtrip:
This is actually a $45 base fare in each direction plus taxes and surcharges.
The fare is available with minimum 28 day advance purchase for outbound travel by April 6 or again starting October 30. There’s a 7 day minimum stay and $300 change fee.
You can actually book this even cheaper, found using airfare metasearch site Momondo, here it’s $345 total roundtrip for the same flights booked as Finnair codeshares:
Of course if you have designs on upgrades (such as with an American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade given to Executive Platinum members and on each million mile threshold starting at 2 million) you’re definitely going to prefer the American Airlines ‘prime’ flight.
However crediting a $45 each way base fare plus $200 in fuel surcharges to American AAdvantage earns only $290 elite qualifying dollars and a non-elite member earns just 1450 miles roundtrip for 7663 miles of flying. So consider crediting American flights to Etihad or Cathay Pacific where one mile still equals one mile.
(HT: Airfare Spot)