Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip New York-Montevideo Uruguay on Copa for $374 Including Taxes

by on April 5, 2013 · 11 comments

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Reminiscent of the amazing deals on economy tickets from New York and Miami to South America on TAM that cropped up back in November with fares as low as $339 roundtrip, it looks like there are currently some fares between New York JFK and Montevideo in Uruguay for as low as $374 roundtrip including all taxes on Copa, which is a member of Star Alliance and partners  with United and US Airways.

A quick search on ITA Software shows this fare available for dates starting in May and good on a few departure days sprinkled here and there until December 8, including June 17 returning June 25:

Over the summer, June 17 seems to be the only day fares are this low.

Over the summer, June 17 seems to be the only day fares are this low.

September 10-11 returning on September 19 and October 1 returning on October 7:

The special fare is available on a few days in September and October as well.

The special fare is available on a few days in September and October as well.

Remember, you can’t actually buy airline tickets using ITA Software, so once you find your fare, go to Orbitz or another site and book it from there, which is easy to do once you’ve found your dates. For example, I just plugged in the June dates into Orbitz and found the fare immediately:

After you find the dates, go to Orbitz or another site to book your ticket.

After you find the dates, go to Orbitz or another site to book your ticket.

One thing to note is that on both directions you will be transiting via Panama City, so you’re looking at a 5-hour flight then a 7-hour flight each aboard a 737, and in some cases, you might have an overnight layover in Panama City, so be sure to check the flight details and travel time before booking.

In terms of mileage, you’re looking at 11,170 miles roundtrip, giving you a cost per mile of 3.35 cents each. Not bad! The fare books into W code class, which earns mileage and EQM’s at 100% with both United and US Airways.

The ticket books into W class, which earns 100% mileage on United.

The ticket books into W class, which earns 100% mileage on United.

Now, you might be thinking – Montevideo, meh! But The city itself, although sleepy, is pretty cool and there are things to see that make it interesting for a day or two’s stop, and then you can also catch a ferry or a very short flight to Buenos Aires or head down the coast to Colonia del Sacramento or Carmelo, or up the coast to the playground of South America’s glitterati, Punta del Este, where I spent a fantastic New Year’s a few years ago, so don’t let the destination deter you, especially when you can rack up this many miles at that price!

Hat tip: The Flight Deal and TPG reader Adam.

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  • James

    How can I confirm Fare Class code in Orbitz or Priceline? Found a date that works for me at $373.40 but Orbitz only lists it as Economy, no further info. Also doesn’t appear on ITA matrix, just Orbitz. Thanks in advance!

  • Angel

    Excellent fare!! Please note that if you want to fly to BUE, don’t forget to check AEP instead of EZE. AEP (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) is in the city and will be easier and quicker that EZE. I ran a quick search and MVD-AEP-MVD on AR runs about $210. Buquebus will definitely be cheaper.

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunatly with Orbitz you can’t see the booking class first, but ITA is listing it as W (see in the screenshot I included), so it should earn full mileage.

  • James

    Thanks TPG. I know airlines have a 24hr refund policy for travel that begins 7 or more days away, but since I don’t think this would be the case with Orbitz I wanted to err on the side of caution!

  • AceK

    Note also that a purchased Copa ticket is upgradeable for Mileage Plus members same as if you were flying United. If you have high status, you might even score the complimentary upgrade.

  • MFK

    I’d love to get in on this deal, but alas I’m on the other coast. Note that it could be even more lucrative if purchased directly. I received this email from Copa earlier this year –

    By purchasing your flights through any of our direct channels* you can get to Premier status, maintain your current status or reach the next level. Now through December 31, 2013, you´ll earn 25% additional Premier qualifying miles every time you purchase and complete your travel.

    Terms and Conditions
    This promo is valid between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

    *; Call Center and Ticket Office (CTO).
    Offer is valid for MileagePlus members who complete qualifying travel on Copa Airlines or Copa Airlines Colombia. Only flights purchased through Copa Airlines direct channels are eligible to earn the bonus (Web –, Call Center and City Ticket Office – CTO).Offer valid for tickets purchased between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, for travel complete between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. On paid qualifying flights members can earn 25% additional bonus PQM for tickets purchased in C, D, Y, B, M, H, Q, K, V, U, S, W, E, L, T and N booking classes. The 25% bonus PQM is calculated against the actual flight miles of each segment flown during the promotion period. This offer does not apply to Premier qualifying segments, class-of-service bonus miles, class-of-service PQM, Premier bonus miles, redeemable bonus miles or other promotional PQMs. MileagePlus number must be included in the reservation. PQMs cannot be redeemed for award travel. Offer is not valid on Copa Airlines marketed code-share flights operated by other carriers, with the exception of Copa Airlines Colombia operated by Aero República. Offer is not valid on government fares. Offer is not combinable and can be earned an unlimited number of times.Bonus will be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account six to eight weeks after completion of qualifying activity. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. For complete details about the program, visit

  • AceK

    Yup I’ve received the 25% PQM bonus on two trips to Panama so far this year. Plus the 150% class of service bonus in purchased C or D class. Flying Copa is a great way to rack up the Premier qualifying miles.

  • Robert

    the deal is gone now…

  • Craig Chu

    damn, decided at work that I was going to find a weekend tonight to go, but the fares are gone. I snoozed. I loozed.

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  • Mercedes

    Amazing post!
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