American Airlines to Codeshare with Barcelona’s Level Airline
Well, I suppose we could have seen this coming, but it’s still an interesting change nonetheless!
If you’re not caught up on Level, check out these basic posts. It’ll be a good primer for you:
Level Airlines, IAG’s newest airline, is about to start launching services to Barcelona from Oakland and Los Angeles. Flights used to be on sale on Iberia.com, American Airline’s OneWorld partner. We’ve learned from Spanish language site Aviacion del Dia, that starting in June, American AIrlines is going to start having a codeshare with the Spanish airline, which is going to allow passengers to connect from all parts of California and the West Coast.
This means that American Airlines will be able to start selling tickets via their website and having their own flight numbers, albeit the codeshare numbers.
The deal will also work in the reverse as Level plans to add more intra-Europe destinations over time, allowing American customers to purchase tickets all the way through to their final destination.
Level has also planned on adding more routes to the USA later on in the year, so this would also allow budget conscious European travelers to come to the West Coast at a reasonable price.
One of the concerns that I have moving forward is with the way that the flights will be displayed on American’s website. If we’re being honest, consumers in the United States aren’t exactly the most savvy when it comes to airline travel. If American Airlines is going to start selling tickets on their website for what is, for all intents and purposes a low-cost carrier, passengers might have an unwelcome surprise when they get to the airport only to find that they’ve got to pay extra fees or have less services than they might be expecting.