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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.
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!