Iberia Airlines reviews are mixed, but we had an overall positive experience with Iberia flights flying from Boston to Spain on a nonstop flight.
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Usually I like to book travel on points, but when I was looking up nonstop flights from Boston to Spain on Iberia Airlines, the point valuations were wildly out of whack. They seemed to be coming in at 2-3x the points valuations when converted to dollars. When calculated with the Iberia Airlines reviews, that seemed to be a strange occurrence or fluke.
Since I knew we wanted to fly into Madrid and out of Barcelona, I ended up booking Iberia flights open jaw tickets through Expedia and paying for it with my Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card. Open jaw tickets are when you fly into one city and out of another. Using my Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book travel is always mandatory for me since their travel protection is world-class.
I booked the flights on Expedia since their website is 100000x more user-friendly than Iberia’s. Iberia’s website is probably one of the worst I’ve ever encountered in my travels. But I digress. I booked on Expedia and the flight info was sent over to Iberia so I could manage all of our flight details on Iberia Airline’s website directly.
The Iberia Airlines nonstop flights ended up being $404 per person round trip. I’ve seen round trip Boston to Spain trips for as low as $285, but for the middle of May, which is leading up to peak season, I think $404 was a pretty good deal.
Our tickets did not include the advance select a seat option, but I was able to pick seats 24 hours before take-off when I checked in online. There was still decent free availability left for selection, so we weren’t stuck all the way in the back of the plane.
Our tickets also only came with a carry-on bag (10kg) and personal item. But I got an email about five hours before takeoff which said the flight was full so we could check our bags for free. Score! So we checked into Boston Logan Airport’s Iberia Airlines desk and sailed through security. After passing a pleasant hour in the Logan Air France Lounge, we boarded the plane.
By the way, I also get Priority Pass lounge access by having the Chase Sapphire credit card. Having lounge access has totally changed the way I travel and makes air travel so much more relaxing! Plus the free wine, coffee, and snacks is always great for saving money at the airport.
I wore my favorite long haul travel outfit (linked in detail here), as well as compression calf sleeves to help with leg circulation. Mine are purple and you can see them peeking out of my pants in the photo below.
As you might know if you’ve been reading The Roving Fox for a while, I like to travel with a reusable face mask to prevent germs from getting into my air passages. I look ridiculous, I am well aware. But since I’ve been wearing the mask I’ve gotten sick from flying way less. It’s always the worst to start feeling that sick/cold feeling 1-3 days after you get off the flight!
The flight took off a little late, but once we were in the air, it was smooth sailing. Each seat came with a pillow, blanket, and earphones, which was a pleasant surprise. They served beverages which included complimentary wine options, as well as sodas and juices. We were even served dinner, with an option of meatballs or pasta.
I was really surprised they fed us since I’ve been used to basic budget carriers that like to charge you to breathe the stale airplane air. It was a pleasant change to be served a full dinner and wine even in Iberia economy class! So major thumbs up on this Iberia Airlines reviews for serving complimentary drinks and meals on the long haul flight!
Iberia Airlines Boston to Madrid route also included excellent in-flight entertainment options with current films and TV shows.
After an easy few hours of flying, Iberia also served up breakfast, which was a ham and cheese sandwich, muffin, and beverages (including bloody Mary’s!).
Overall, the Iberia Airlines flight from Boston to Madrid in economy class was a pleasant experience. Probably one of the best long haul flights I’ve been on in a while. The in-flight staff was helpful and agreeable, the seats had decent leg room, and the meals were a nice surprise. The total flight time was about 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Upon landing in Madrid, we went through immigration, which probably took at least 30 minutes since a few flights had landed at the same time. Gotta say, the immigration agents barely looked at our passports as they stamped us in. I always get nervous at immigration checks, but this one was a breeze. The hardest part was standing in line!
After picking up luggage, we were off to our next adventure—navigating the Madrid airport metro trains to downtown Madrid!
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Iberia Airlines Reviews Pros:
Meals served on board
Excellent In Flight Entertainment Options
Pillows, blankets, and earphones provided
Decent leg room in economy class
Flight landed on time
I called Iberia Customer Service with a question and the call was answered within a few minutes.
Iberia Airlines Reviews Cons:
Ground staff were a little cranky, but in-flight staff was friendly
Iberia’s website is their biggest con. Really hard to use and navigate
Total price for open jaw nonstop flights from Boston to Madrid and from Barcelona to Boston on Iberia Airlines: $404 per person.
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Uber to Boston Airport: $17
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SilviaSeptember 3, 2019
The economy tickets in Iberia have two options: Basic and Optimal. The Basic does not allow seat selection and only a carry-on is allowed. The Optimal allows seat selection 24 hrs before the trip plus one checked luggage. Which of those tickets types did you purchase? It sounds like it was the Basic. I’m surprised though that it would let you select a seat for free as it states that it does now allow seat selection.Thanks for the info!
StephanieSeptember 4, 2019
Hi Silvia! I booked Basic — they let you select the seat 24 hours before check in online even with the Basic ticket level. And they gate checked our carry ons since the flight was full (woot!).