$1,040 Total Business Class Roundtrip Fares NY to Ecuador on Lan

by on September 2, 2011 · 10 comments

in Lan, Mileage Runs

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Lan airlines (Oneworld South American airline partner) just announced a Labor Day sale and there are some pretty good deals.

I was pricing JFK – Ecuador and got all-in roundtrip prices around $1,040 for business class when plugging in JFK to Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. I’ve seen those routes have coach fares in that range, so for business class, this is a great deal. Most flights/cruises to the Galapagos leave from Quito, so this could be a good positioning flight. I’ve never been to Ecuador, but hear many good things.

Miami to Quito prices at $829 roundtrip total in business class.

Miami to Quito for $829 roundtrip in business class

Availability seems to be good throughout the fall (South America’s spring) and it’s a great time to visit with mild to warm temperatures. To put it in comparison, business class flights to Lima and Buenos Aires are all in the $7,000 range, so these Ecuador fares are pretty amazing. Book them before they are gone!

These book into Premium Business I class and for the Guayaquil-Quito legs in coach, it’s Y class. If you bank to American Airlines, I class gets 100% elite qualifying miles, 1.5 elite qualifying points and a 25% class of service bonus. Plus, if you book with an American Express Premier Rewards Gold you get 3x points (extra 3,000) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you get 2x points on the airfare, so that’s another 2,000+ points!

JFK-Quito calendar view - lots of availability

JFK- Quito for $1,037 total roundtrip in business class

JFK to Guayaquil for $1,041 all in, roundtrip in business class


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  • James

    I was in Ecuador with my wife a month ago and we had a terrific time. Quito is definitely a city worth seeing. Guayaquil is interesting too, but less pretty than Quito. I was on AA not LAN though

  • Anonymous

    From LAX, it’s about $2500. At $1000 it would have been a pretty decent mileage run for to do in a weekend. This is definitely a good deal from JFK for those who can get in on it!

  • Kyul Yun

    Always grateful for your blog postings TPG,

    I just wanted to make note on purchasing airfare. For AMEX premier rewards Gold, it is 3X.

  • Anonymous

    Good catch, my friend! Updated..

  • Tim

    The Intra-Ecuador flights (TAME UIO-GYE-GPS) I took a few years ago were in coach, but the service was phenomenal. Linens/silverware, breakfast and lunch served on a ~4 hr flight. Breakfast and drink service on the ~40 min UIO-GPS flight. I’ve only seen that in movies. Quito was interesting. The surrounding area is much more interesting. Full-day guided tour for two to a cloud forest (eco-lodge/hike) and archaelogical site was only $110 including tips. Galapagos were epic, obviously.

  • Al27

    Not exactly, South American spring. Ecuador is Spanish for “equator,” which passes just north of Quito. Ecuador like most countries on the equator has more of a wet/dry season than summer/winter. And most Galapagos tours start in Guayaquil or Quito, but you always have to fly through Guayaquil.

  • Jeff Rose

    I’ve flown LAN Premium Business on three legs in the past year — great full-flat seat (especially welcome as all three flights were overnights) but the rest of the product is middling. I’ve flown twice as many legs on LAN in coach, and frankly, the food and service differential is not worth many more dollars or miles. Great seat, though!

  • zzd

    When in Ecuador, be sure to visit Cuenca and ride on the roof of the Riobamba-Bucay railroad. One of the great experiences of my life.

  • Arods3

    Can someone break down the actual miles from JFK-UIO with flying LAN business. How much would you spend versus the aa points with amex points

  • Jimbo

    Just got back from some time in Guayaquil, which I preferred to Quito (They say Quito has 4 seasons in a day, which was totally true, and night time was FRIGID). Wish that this was available as I had basically paid the same amount for my coach ticket.

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