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Amazing Fare Alert: NY/LA/Miami to Buenos Aires & Santiago from $339 Total Roundtrip!

by on November 25, 2012 · 37 comments

in Amazing Deal Alerts, Mileage Runs, TAM

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Per The Flight Deal, TAM airlines has some incredible fares to Buenos Aires (via Sao Paulo) in March- June of 2013 from as low as $339 total roundtrip from multiple US cities:

Miami to Santiago, Chile $337 (March 6-11 sample dates): $337 total roundtrip
Miami to Buenos Aires (March 14-17 sample dates): $339 total roundtrip
New York to Buenos Aires (March 9-14 sample dates):  $386

NYC- EZE for $386 total roundtrip on orbits.com

Los Angeles to Santiago $350 (sample dates March 7-13)

LAX-SCL March 7-13 for $350

It seems like these super low fares are only available from New York, Miami and Los Angeles, but if you find any others, feel free to share.

To search flexible dates, I recommend using the ITA matrix calendar- you can enter in dates and how many nights you want to go and it’ll show the dates the low fare is available. One you identify dates, go to whatever online travel site you’d like (I used orbitz.com) and it should let you book- often for cheaper than what shows in ITA.

Mileage Crediting
TAM is currently in Star Alliance, so these fares can be banked to United to earn elite qualifying miles as long as all segments are on TAM. If it includes routing via Lima on LAN, you’ll only be able to bank via TAM or LAN’s programs.

Entry Fees
Argentina currently charges US citizens a $160 entry fee, which can be paid in advance here and is good for 10 years.
Chile charges $140 entry fee, good for  the life of the passport.

I’ve never been to Santiago, so I’m tempted to book one of these fares. I absolutely love Buenos Aires and have been there before in March and the weather is perfect- hot, but it’s the tail end of summer, so it was bearable. Check out my past stay at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires and our Destination of the Week: Buenos Aires for trip inspiration!

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x†c November 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

how much trouble you think it would be if i got off in GRU on the out flight? could save a leg in a (EZE)-GRU-LIM-SCL-EZE route then, but wouldn’t want to void the return flight…

Franzpanz12 November 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

how long is the sale for?

Brian Cogswell November 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

wish there was another option than SCL for LAX departures. Can’t find any…21-24 hours with my 5 yr old girl each way just isn’t going to work, no matter how good the deal is :-)

good luck to the younger kids here who can handle this one…

thepointsguy November 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

This probably won’t last long.. it’s not a published sale as far as I know

thepointsguy November 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

If you get off in GRU and don’t board the next leg, the entire itinerary will be canceled

Raymondlam8 November 26, 2012 at 12:21 am

any way to do a 24 hour hold on the flight while i firm up plans tomorrow?

Caroline Lupini November 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

Wish there was something out of dtw or ord!!

sjon November 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

do you happen to know what the cancellation fees are for this deal? I see that orbitz has trip protection for $26.25, but I’m unclear on if this even applies since it says min coverage $350, but they’re offering it on a $295 ticket. I feel like buying a ticket since it’s so cheap, but I have know idea if I’ll be able to go once next year rolls around.

Mariessima November 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

Such a good deal!! I might just have to use SCL as a jumping point to other South American destinations.

Jamison November 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

thanks!

Xxx November 26, 2012 at 1:07 am

All Tam economy fare classes do not get you miles on UA. I had to find out the hard way. here is a list

http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/marketing/custcomm/promotions/pages/AirlinePartnerDetails.aspx?ItemId=378

Rob Perelman November 26, 2012 at 2:08 am

Thanks for the alert. I booked myself from LAX to Santiago to go see Lollapalooza, and then I built in a side trip to Sao Paolo so I wouldn’t have to take 3 flights in a row. It’ll cost the entry fee, but I’ll get to see two new countries.

Booked it with Citi ThankYou points from a signup bonus, so didn’t spend a dime out of pocket.

James Elkins1 November 26, 2012 at 2:14 am

I just booked this for three! LAX-LIM-GRU-SCL-GRU-LIM-LAX ! Also, it seems like the price went down to $350/ticket for me.. unsure why.

James Elkins1 November 26, 2012 at 2:15 am

Sorry, price went up..

Gordonoh November 26, 2012 at 4:21 am

FYI – the entry fee for Chile’ is now $160 USD for US citizens. I was there less than a month ago.

Rob Perelman November 26, 2012 at 5:23 am

What fare code did your trip book into? Mine are all V and L for 100% earning on United.

Victorkomd November 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

i think the price is now $799. anyone else get a lower price?

sodalime November 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

Im getting 799$ too

bigr3dbears November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

Still available between JFK and EZE via GRU for certain dates in March. $386. I used Orbitz to search. ITA doesn’t show it.

allune November 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

When does this promotion end?

Jon November 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

Any way to upgrade to business or first class? Looking to go somewhere warm for our honeymoon….though I don’t want to fly economy for this trip! :)

Elyse November 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

Which dates did you find? I’m not seeing it!

Blidi25 November 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

I am not getting these prices can u tell me which website u use

thepointsguy November 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

I think they’re mostly gone now- I was using orbitz

Geoshina November 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

But you have to watch out. I don’t think you can get miles by flying in these fares. Always check the fare restrictions before buying!!

Dmw209 November 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Looks deal to me. :(

Dmw209 November 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Dead I mean :(

Pete November 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Has anyone booked ticket with Cheaptickets.com? I booked my MIA-EZE ticket with them, are they trustworthy?

thepointsguy November 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

They are reputable

Guest November 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

No longer available

TripCommon November 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Have been searching for a while now and it appears all these fares are gone – the lowest I’m seeing is more like $750.

G Morris November 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Same here.. it was too good to be true!

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