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This weekend I’m not traveling – which means I’m at home jealously looking at my friends’ Facebook pictures of their holiday weekend jaunts. It also means I’m booking trips for myself, or at least researching good fares and uses of miles (like my Aer Lingus JFK-DUB I just booked yesterday).

I’m planning a trip to South America this December and I was just able to book some pretty competitive business/first class fares for peak season in December – $2,500 for roundtrip business class on American (and I’m desperately in need of elite miles/points!) and for $250 more each way you can confirm into first class on the 777. I could have used EVIP systemwide upgrades, but I value them more than $250 each, so I think I’m just going to suck it up and splurge for first since I can sleep in the Flagship First suites vs. crumpling myself up in their angled lie-flat business class seats (woe is me, I know).

Reasonable business and first class fares to Buenos Aires this December
Reasonable business and first class fares to Buenos Aires this December

Considering economy was $1,637 (and there are no confirmable EVIP upgrades available), I don’t think paying $928 ($464 each way) to confirm in business class is a bad deal for a 4,406-mile flight.

I checked fares for this summer from Miami and found business class on the esteemed Aerolineas Argentinas $1,787 total roundtrip for several dates in July. These fares book into C class, which only earns 75% MQMs if you bank to SkyTeam partner Delta, but still it is a cheap business class fare to Buenos Aires. Plus, as Ben mentions, flying Club Condor is so exclusive you can send faxes from the sky!

Cheap airfare on Aerolineas for summer travel
Cheap airfare on Aerolineas for summer travel

American and United have ~$2,500 fares from NYC via Miami for summer travel (winter in Buenos Aires).

Reasonable business class on AA and United to Buenos Aires
Reasonable business class on AA and United to Buenos Aires

Stilll, I don’t mind off-peak travel. Hotel rates are cheaper, top restaurant reservations easier to get and doing touristy type things is more tolerable. Sure, July is the “coldest” month with averages in the high 50’s, but it may be nice to take a summer reprieve from the scorching hot weather in the US. Especially if you can get great airfare!

Buenos Aires Monthly Averages
Buenos Aires Monthly Averages

I’m using the nifty ITA Search Matrix (tutorial)to do these fare searches and then will buy my airfare through Travelocity to maximize my point earning (as outlined in this post). Has anyone else been able to find “good” fares recently? Please feel free to share below!

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