This is my experience in Level Economy Class from Barcelona to Buenos Aires (on an Airbus A330-200): crossing the Atlantic for €350. I was recently in Spain and had to get a last-minute ticket to return to Argentina. When looking at the options, Level was the cheapest one, and I just wanted to hop over the ocean. I was curious to try them out, so I went ahead and bought the ticket.
Level Economy Class Review: Barcelona to Buenos Aires
Level Airlines is a low-cost (and ultra-low-cost) long-haul airline owned by IAG, which also owns airlines such as British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Vueling. The airline IS headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, and it has become very attractive to go to Argentina and deep South America (typically very expensive).
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Flight Details (IB2601)
- Airline: Level, IB
- Aircraft: Airbus A330-200, EC-NRH
- Flight Number: IB2601
- Seat: 23A
- Origin: Barcelona (BCN), Spain
- Destination: Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Argentina
Conclusion: Crossing the Atlantic with Level for €350?
The idea behind Level is to offer long-haul routes at low-cost prices that are more competitive than any other airline. Then, they monetize every single additional aspect of your ticket. Seats, meals, blankets, headphones, WIFI. Compared to other low-cost airlines, they don’t charge extra for check-in at the airport or onboard entertainment.
I paid €350 for a one-way ticket, and the experience was on-par with any economy airline you would expect: forgettable airport experience, OK legroom, and movies onboard. Then I paid €25 extra for a decent blanket you can take home, a crappy dinner, and breakfast. Honestly, getting meals at the airport would have been the same price or more for the same quality, and getting them onboard was more convenient.
The scheduled times are not the best because you are already too tired when boarding and having dinner, but on the other hand, it makes the airport experience quieter and faster. Another plus is that you depart and arrive from main airports.
But Level’s business model has something appealing: it gives more people a chance to travel internationally by letting them choose if they want to bring their own food from home, blankets, headphones, etc. There’s a big chunk of people that just want to fly at the cheapest price and don’t care if they need to bring food onboard. And for them, this service is perfect.
Overall, Level does the job at prices that are hard to beat and can be a really competitive option against other major airlines operating the same routes.