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Old 10-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado
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Questions/Advice regarding flight from Barcelona

Hi Everyone!
Just seeking some advice regarding flights home from Barcelona and airfare rates….

Flying to Barcelona isn’t as big of deal because we are planning to arrive several days early to explore the city and overcome jetlag….so I am good there because we will have more flexibility regarding days/times. Plus we will be excited to start our magical adventure so we will probably be much more tolerant of trudging through airports, layovers, etc.
However, on the way home….

It seems like quite a few of the return flights that I have been looking at leave BCN around 11:15-11:45ish. But just one or two flights that leave later (around 1:00pm). It is our first overseas trip with our son, who will be 4 at the time of travel – so trying to minimize stops and total flight times to keep everyone happy. We are flying back to Denver and wish to fly back on the day the ship arrives back to Barcelona – although if flying out the next day would save us enough pay for the hotel room/etc., then I am open to the idea of flying back the following day.

On the DCL site, I know it recommends that flights should be scheduled for 12:30 and later. I am just wondering about people’s experience with disembarking at the port in Barcelona/traffic/etc. Do you think that 11:15-11:45 flight times are easily doable? I obviously don’t want to spend the last day of our amazing vacation stressing about missing a flight – yet, I don’t want to spend more time than necessary mulling around the airport.

On a related note, the flights that I have been looking at (that would allow us to fly home on the day we disembark) are either on Air Canada (Barcelona-Toronto-Denver) or British Airways/American Airlines (Barcelona-London-Denver or Barcelona-Miami-Denver). I think the BA flights are the ones that would allow us to depart Barcelona after 1pm. Prices for that flight have been hovering right around $1,300 (RT) since I’ve been tracking them for the past month or so. I’ve seen prices for flights DEN-BCN get down just under $1,000 but of course that is just for other random dates. I understand that June is peak time as opposed to random times in the winter (or whenever the good prices have been for) but obviously that is a decent price difference – especially x3 passengers so I am reluctant to purchase airfare just yet – hoping for a sale/better price– however, I am nervous if I wait too long, all of the good flights (shorter total flight time, only one stop, etc) will be full or unavailable at the better rate.

I was thinking about holding out until Thanksgiving time – it seems like sometimes airlines offer sales around that time of year…..

Just wondering if anyone has some advice regarding flight times and airfare – thanks in advance!! - jen
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