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International travel seems set to come roaring back this summer, despite war in Eastern Europe and talk of yet another COVID variant. Low-fare airline LEVEL plans to be part of the picture, offering nonstop service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Barcelona.

Reminiscent of the now-vanished transatlantic version of Norwegian Airlines, LEVEL is one of a handful of low-cost carriers providing nonstop service from the US West Cost deep into Europe. In fact, LEVEL says it is the only airline offering a direct connection from LAX and SFO to Barcelona. And like departed Norwegian, LEVEL, which began operations in June of 2017, is a low-cost, long-haul airline.

LEVEL is part of International Airlines Group (IAG). Although IAG is currently struggling in the stock market, the company does have six well-known airline brands, including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Iberia Express, and Vueling in addition to LEVEL.

LEVEL flights from American cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles (plus New York and Boston) to their cosmopolitan counterpart Barcelona should prove popular. As LEVEL puts it, “Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the art of Gaudí, Barcelona offers visitors a vast array of culture, history, and spectacular beaches for fun or relaxing. The city is also well known for its rich gastronomy, with restaurants for every taste.”

The route from Los Angeles will initially operate with three frequencies a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On June 1, an additional frequency will be added on Wednesdays. The route from San Francisco, which began before the pandemic, resumes with four weekly frequencies. It will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The LA route is new for LEVEL, while the SF route restarts service originally launched in 2019. In spring and summer 2022, LEVEL says it will offer more than 11,000 weekly seats on its routes to the US, more than twice as many as it offered in pre-pandemic 2019.

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LEVEL Airlines is beginning non-stop low-cost service from San Francisco and Los Angeles to ... [+] Barcelona in spring 2022.

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The flight from Barcelona from Los Angeles takes 11h 45m, and 13h 10m on the return. Similarly, from San Francisco the flight to Barcelona takes 11h 40m, and 12h 30m on the return. While it is a long trip, the nonstop flights should allow passengers to sleep onboard and save time over switching planes in New York or London.

LEVEL operates a fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft, each with 21 Premium Economy and 293 Economy seats. Economy pricing starts at $479 USD round trip from Los Angeles. The round-trip from San Fracisco to Barcelona starts at $509 USD. Tickets are available on flylevel.com and via Iberia Group channels.

For those willing to pay a but more, a LEVEL spokesperson says the Premium Economy cabin offers more space between seats, a greater reclining angle for the seats, and adjustable footrests. LEVEL’s Premium Economy class also provides access to upgraded boarding and the onboard menu, as well as flexibility for flight changes.

According to Lucía Adrover, Chief Commercial Officer of LEVEL: “Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, is a destination that has a lot to offer visitors. Not only because of all the leisure opportunities offered by the city and its Mediterranean surroundings, but also because of the growing business network that exists in Spain and may be of interest to American companies.”

The routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco are two of four routes that LEVEL will operate in the United States during this 2022 summer season. In addition to Los Angeles and San Francisco, LEVEL is also flying to Barcelona from New York. A Boston–Barcelona route will be added on May 1.

Points and miles aficionados will appreciate the airline’s codeshare with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines as well as the connecting reservations to and from destinations offered by those airlines. The codeshare arrangement also provides American and Alaska flyers with more connections throughout Europe via the network of Vueling, IAG’s low-cost short/medium-haul airline.

For travelers to enter Spain, they need to be vaccinated and present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Tourists can have two doses if no more than 270 days have passed since the date of the last vaccination, or three doses if more than 14 days have passed since the third vaccination.

If the established vaccination requirements are not met, a negative COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain or an antigen test carried out no more than 24 hours prior to arrival can be presented instead. Travelers also need to fill out the Spain Travel Health form and obtain the QR code.

Avión LEVEL A330

LEVEL Airlines, a long-haul, low-cost carrier, is flying from LA, SF, Boston and NY to Barcelona ... [+] during the 2022 travel season.

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