Fare Alert! Fall Barcelona fares from New York for under $250!

It’s that time of the year when fare sales start to come in heavy and the frugal traveler with wanderlust is fraught with options. This one, however, was too outstanding to not pass to Gadlingers:

Iberia, Spain’s national carrier, just put half of Europe on sale, starting with Barcelona and Madrid for about $250 from New York City. You can’t get to Los Angeles for that price half of the time!

But it gets better. Other destinations throughout the continent are sale, from Istanbul for $300 to Paris for a shade more.

Fares appear to be good for March and November of this year with a few fares bleeding out on either side of those dates. The key is to be flexible and patient in your search. Start at Kayak.com and search “weekends” from NYC to XXX (BCN, MAD, IST) etc, or use the “flexible dates” function to expand your search. Then, bounce over to Iberia.com and lock in tickets.

You can even get through the booking process and save your ticket for 48 hours if you want to ask your significant other for permission.

These tickets book into the Q fare class, so if you’re planning on earning American Airlines (OneWorld) miles, you’ll only get 30%. But for $244, who cares?

Search and book as soon as you can, fares this hot won’t last more than a few hours!