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In planning stage for Bordeaux river cruise on AMA. The land portion begins in Bilbao Spain. We are flying from JFK business class. There are no non-stop flights but rather flights with stops In Madrid. Airlines are BA or Iberia both code share with AA. Question has anyone flown this route? Opinion of service on either carrier. Realistically how much time should we allow for connecting flights?
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Carole

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Go with BA. Iberia has a very difficult time with lost luggage. They are known for it. Add a language problem and it becomes almost impossible to resolve. Not the way to begin a cruise.


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You can also fly [B]Delta[/B] (JFK-MAD 7:35pm-9:15am on 767-400, 90 min layover, MAD-BIO 10:45am-11:45am on Air Europa Embraer 190). That would be my choice.

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We loved Iberia business class - flew them when we did the Douro 2 years ago. Seats, lounge, food, service, cleanliness and equipment far exceeded any BA or AA in business class. And MAD is a very nice airport.

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Madrid is also a huge airport with long distances to walk. Remember you go through immigration where you enter the Schengen zone; i.e. in Madrid.

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[quote name='gnome12']Madrid is also a huge airport with long distances to walk. Remember you go through immigration where you enter the Schengen zone; i.e. in Madrid.

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That is relative, IMO. As compared to Frankfurt, Heathrow or CDG - not even close. And their tram system in MAD is very efficient and signage very good IMO.

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[quote name='Host Jazzbeau']You can also fly [B]Delta[/B] (JFK-MAD 7:35pm-9:15am on 767-400, 90 min layover, MAD-BIO 10:45am-11:45am on Air Europa Embraer 190). That would be my choice.[/quote]

Thx to all for the answers. I have status with AA and want to use my points for my and DH's airfare

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Using AAdvantage miles on Transatlantic flights is almost never a good deal - there are very high fuel charges on the BA flights, and AA flights are almost never available.

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