I was supposed to travel to Spain in October 2020. I already got my money back. I had bought my plane tickets from American Airlines. My travel dates are obviously unknowable but if the travel bans are lifted could be two weeks in September-October. If conditions were normal I would also consider March to May but avoiding Easter and holy week. When I try scheduling a trip to Spain, should I buy my tickets from American Airlines again, or should I risk buying from Tap Portugal airline (to save money even though the layovers are suspiciously too short)?
The price as of today is $1,345 for a trip from American Airlines, from Detroit to Madrid leaving at 1:14 pm, arriving 8:25am, with a 3 hour 55 minutes stop in Philadelphia, and Seville to Detroit, leaving at 9:25 am, arriving at 8:13pm, with a 2 hour stop in Madrid and a 2 hour and 28 minute stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tap Portugal airline has a trip that costs 782.13 US dollars, from Detroit to Madrid, leaving at 1:56pm, arriving at 10:25 am, with a 2 hour and 7 minute stop at Newark Liberty International Airport and a 2 hour and 25 minute stop in Lisbon, Portugal. On the way back leaving Seville at 10:40 and arriving in Detroit at 8:29pm with a 1 hour and 10 minute stop in Madrid and a 1 hour and 59 minute stop in Newark, New Jersey again.
The price difference is 562.87. On past trips, plane tickets cost me about 40% to 60% of my total trip cost. For comparison, my trip to Greece might have cost me 3,091.84 US dollars; my trip to the Netherlands might have cost me 3,062.64 US dollars. Those prices include the plane tickets, taxi rides to and from, Detroit Metro Airport, ATM fees, hostels and hotels, everything. On past trips I paid between 1,200 and 1,500 US dollars for plane tickets from American or Delta airlines.
Yes I know perfectly well that you can't tell me exactly what to do and I know perfectly well that I will make my own choice of which airline and which tickets, either between these two or something else, whatever you say, but I want to see what your input is anyway. Thanks.