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Saturday, September 22nd 2018

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New route: Toronto to Madrid, Spain - $426 (personal item) to $546 (checked bag) roundtrip | non-stop flights

Madrid, Spain

Primera Air continues their expansion and has added non-stop flights from Toronto to Madrid, Spain starting in August 2019 for between $617 (personal item) and $737 (checked bag) roundtrip.

$737 roundtrip is the more realistic price to use when comparing against most traditional airlines, because it includes a checked bag.

There are also some even cheaper dates in September for $426 (personal item) to $546 (checked bag) roundtrip.

The realistic price should probably be even higher than this, because Primera charges extra for meals ($40 each way) and even using your credit card to book the flight ($15).

$617 roundtrip is the unbundled base price, designed to grab your attention through marketing, which only includes 1 personal item (max 25 x 33 x 20 cm).

More and more airlines are 'unbundling' their fares to make their prices appear cheaper than they really are. For better or worse, it's the trend of 2018. Unbundling just means they're taking out things from the advertised price that used to be included, like carry-on bags, checked bags, selecting your seat, and meals.

WOW Air, Icelandair, and Primera Air are the ones to watch out for when it comes to flights from Toronto to Europe that are not actually as cheap as they appear at first.

Ultimately unbundling means you need to do more math. And not get fooled into thinking an advertised price is an amazing one, until you see what the final price tag really is for your needs, and how that compares to other options.

Primera Air has *really* poor reviews, even for a low cost airline. They have a 1.7 out of 10 rating over at Trustpilot.

For comparison, Spirit Airlines, usually considered the worst airline in North America, has a 2.5 out of 10 rating.

Primera Air's biggest issues seem to be a real lack of any customer service, and a lot of flight cancellations or delays.

And the fact that some people may not realize just how bare bones their overseas flying experience will be (no seat back entertainment, no meals unless you pre-paid for them).

Availability for travel

August, September 2019

How to find and book these flights

1. Go to the Primera Air website

2. Search for flights from Toronto (YYZ) to Madrid, Spain (MAD)

Try dates in August 2019, with a departure date of August 16th or later.

Look for the dates that are $329 on the way there, and $288 on the way home.

The cheaper flights start around August 23rd.

For September dates, look for the dates that are $199 on the way there, and $227 on the way home. The cheaper September dates start around September 13th.

screenshots from Primera Air

September dates, starting at $426 roundtrip:

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