United San Francisco to Barcelona $296-$321 round trip Aug-Oct

United Airlines has Basic Economy tickets from San Francisco SFO to Barcelona BCN priced at $296 in August and September to $321 in October. Prices rise to upper $300s/low $400s from late October. These cheap flights tend to have long outbound layovers in Newark or IAD or Zurich. Personally, I look at a potential 12 hour daytime layover in Zurich as a bonus feature of the cheap ticket.

Parc Guell, Barcelona

United Airlines San Francisco SFO – Washington IAD (10.5 hours) – Barcelona BCN – Zurich ZRH (5.5 hr layover) – SFO

$295.53 round trip  Monday Aug 19 – Wed Aug 28

Long layover in IAD gives time to visit the National Zoo

The main problem I see with this August itinerary is a 6:25am flight out of Barcelona. I hate early morning flights at that time since it seems like a wasted hotel night.

United Airlines San Francisco SFO – Zurich ZRH (10.5 hours) – Barcelona BCN – Zurich ZRH (5.5 hr layover) – SFO

$307.23 round trip  Sun Sep 29 – Fri Oct 11

This itinerary has an all day layover in Zurich arriving at 10:20am and departing 9:00pm. That is plenty of time to take the airport train into downtown Zurich and spend 8 hours touring the city.

Zurich by the Zurichsee/Lake Zurich on March 2013 daytime layover

Still have to deal with that 6:25am flight out of Barcelona though to get back to SFO.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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