Buyer Beware – New Level Airline isn’t pricing tickets correctly
The new Level Airline by IAG has been taking the internet by storm lately. They’ve been offering really low fares to and from Barcelona with connections around Europe. Something fishy is going on when you actually try and book a connection out of Barcelona though. Keep reading to find out how you can avoid a potentially expensive mistake.
We wrote about Level yesterday with some breaking news that they sold over 52,000 tickets the first day that they launched. I can only imagine that those tickets were with Barcelona as a final destination, because it seems like if you want to head out of Barcelona, you’re going to pay more than you should!
Flying in and out of Barcelona
Just want to make Barcelona your final stop? No problem! Those tickets can still be had pretty inexpensively. Just take a look at these flights that we found in October.
Under $400 for a trans con flight is a great value, especially considering you can earn Avios on your flight, and you’ve got a direct shot to Spain.
Connecting out of Barcelona
In theory, you should be able to connect on IAG’s partner low cost carrier Vueling, at least according to one of their tweets:
Willie Walsh: “LEVEL will allow customers of Vueling’s extensive network to connect with long-haul flights from Barcelona” #FLYwithLEVEL
— LEVEL_en (@flywithlevelEN) March 17, 2017
But it looks like Iberia’s website (which is used to book all Level flights) is having some problems. First, it’s not always offering Vueling flight options all the time, and secondly when it does, the prices are exorbinant! Check out this flight from Oakland to Ibiza
Sorry, but adding almost $1,000 for a low cost connection to Ibiza is ridiculous, especially when you can buy the flight on its own for only $119. That’s an 800% markup. OUCH!
Pricing displayed doubles
There’s also something funky going on when you actually go to choose your flights. Both Vueling and Iberia are having this same pricing issue when you add them onto a Level flight. Notice below how the inbound flight almost doubles from $375 to $673 once you go to check out? That’s a big oops.
Buy your connections separately
Until Level figures out where the computer hiccup is, I’d recommend buying your tickets separately. Obviously this is not intentional (at least I hope not!) and I’d imagine that they will be working on a solution soon.