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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:
September 10-11 returning on September 19 and October 1 returning on October 7:
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:
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.
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. The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.
The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.