Cheap Business Class Fares to South America from $1,099

by on February 13, 2014 · 5 comments

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There is a big business class fare sale to South America going on right now according to this FT thread  – and a lot of people are getting in on it, so if you haven’t already, have a look at fares today to see if there are any that suit your needs. The main origins for these great fares seem to be Los Angeles and New York mostly, though if you find any others, please be sure to share them here.

You can find business class fares to various cities including Santiago, Chile (SCL), Buenos Aires (EZE), Lima, Peru (LIM) and Bogota, Colombia (BOG) are ranging in price from $1,099 to about $1,700 – all in! While that’s still not quite mileage run material, it is a deep discount on fares that can range up to $6,000 in some cases, so they’re worth looking into.

The best deals can be found on the ITA Matrix (though you can’t book them directly there, you have to go either directly to an airline site or an OTA like Expedia or Travelocity), Hipmunk and Kayak. Sample schedules between March 1 and June 22 were used for this research; by the last week in June, roundtrip fares to all cities rise to $2,000+. All prices shown here are inclusive of taxes and fees. Here are a few sample South American business-class itineraries I found on various sites. As usual, I would recommend searching the ITA Matrix using its calendar search function and then honing in on your preferred routes, dates and airlines from there.

ITA Matrix

New York > Lima
June 1-7

Los Angeles > Lima
United Airlines (LAX-IAH-LIM)

New York > Lima
March 1-June 14, various dates

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LAX to Buenos Aires on Aeromexico.

Los Angeles > Buenos Aires
Aeromexico (LAX-MEX-EZE)

LAX to Santiago on American.

LAX to Santiago on American.

Los Angeles > Santiago
LAN Airlines (LAX-LIM-SCL)

New York > Santiago
April 3-May 16, various dates

New York > Buenos Aires
LAN Airlines (JFK-SCL-EZE)
April 13-19, May 1-7, May 11-17, June 15-22


New York > Bogota
American Airlines (JFK-MIA-BOG)

LAX to Bogota.

LAX to Bogota.

Los Angeles > Bogota
Avianca (LAX-SAL-BOG)

New York > Lima
American Airlines (JFK-DFW-LIM)
April 13-17

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New York > Santiago
LAN Airlines (JFK-SCL – Nonstop)

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New York > Lima
American Airlines (JFK-DFW-LIM-MIA-JFK)
May 4-9


Los Angeles > Bogota
United Airlines (LAX-IAH-BOG)

LAX to Bogota.

LAX to Bogota.

Los Angeles > Bogota
Copa Airlines (LAX-PTY-BOG)

While some of these aren’t exactly mileage-run worthy, they are still deeply discounted itineraries and the routing on many of them is easy and at decent times. For instance, this itinerary from JFK to Buenos Aires is on LAN via Santiago and you would get to fly LAN’s new 787.

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This is booking into I class, which earns 100% miles on American, so for $1,699, you’re earning 10,564 miles roundtrip – about 16 cents per miles, so definitely not a mileage run, but definitely deeply discounted business class on a nice product.

These were just some quick examples I found, but if you find any more, please be sure to share them in the comments below!

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  • Bob

    Are you sure that the ITA matrix is always the best place to check?

    I just tried searching for a one way business class flight of CCU -> JFK for October 6th and ITA failed to display the cheapest fare found through Kayak which is for Cathay Pacific at $1719 and instead found as the cheapest being on Qatar Airways for $2071

  • melaniewynne

    No one site is the best resource every time for every fare. It’s a good idea to check ITA Matrix, Kayak and Hipmunk as a trio to see which one has the best price. Glad you found this great deal!

  • Alex

    That JFK-EZE flight on Lan’s 787 would earn you 1.5 qualifying points per mile which is good if your trying to qualify on points rather than miles. Still a nice steal on a 787 product :)

  • -

    The JFK-LIM UA route would yield ~8500 miles. Would this credit 200% to A3 for *G qualification purposes?

  • -

    On FWIW, Avianca has business JFK-BOG-UIO-LIM for $988. Wide open through May and into June. AV has a very good economy product and modern planes (USB/AVOD). Can only assume biz is even better.

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