United Airlines will offer nonstop service between San Francisco and Barcelona next February…but only for two days.
Barcelona is hosting the 2019 Mobile World Congress and United will offer these special nonstop flights to cater to the Silicon Valley crowd who . The convention will focus on the latest mobile technology and is expected to draw more than 107,000 attendees from 2,400 companies.
The special flights, UA884 and UA885 will operate on the following schedule:
- February 23 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m.+1
- February 24 – Barcelona 12:50 p.m. San Francisco 4:20 p.m.
- February 27 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m. +1
- February 28 – Barcelona 12:45 p.m. San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft featuring United’s old three-cabin layout. United Polaris First is no longer a separate cabin, so eight comfortable seats in the front of the aircraft can be snagged for no extra charge.
But the flight is not cheap. Not at all. An economy class ticket is more than $2,500 round-trip while a business class ticket is more than $15,000 round-trip on the nonstop flight.
Award space is “standard” only and business class awards are only available for United MileagePlus elite members and Chase co-branded United credit card holders. Hint: it’s not worth it.
Of course flying the other direction on 24 February returning on 27 February is a much better deal:
However, there is is still no saver award space…
I’ll be curious to see if United can fill its seats. Frankly, I have my doubts at these prices. Will you take United’s nonstop flight to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress?