IAG, parent company of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus, recently launched LEVEL, a long-haul low cost carrier to compete with the likes of Norwegian.
With only four destinations initially being offered, we are fortunate that two are on the U.S. West Coast: Oakland (3x per week) and Los Angeles (2x per week). Both routes will be served by A330s.
The new carrier is based in Barcelona, Spain. Flights take off starting June 1st. Like Norwegian, the airline will charge you for each and every extra if you buy the most basic fare.
Fares started at a crazy $149 each way when they first went on sale. The initial frenzy is over, but there are still some decent non-stop fares from Oakland to Barcelona available.
What about other carriers?
I’ve been eyeing LEVEL’s fares since they launched. The airline has already been offering some incredible deals to Barcelona.
Currently, Star Alliance carriers are attacking LEVEL’s low fares. There are many dates from August through January where you can get a one-stop round-trip for right around $400 with Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, and Swiss!
LEVEL’s fares are currently higher than these, so don’t expect these competitive fares to last long.
If you’ve wanted to visit Spain, this could be your chance!