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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
We found a fantastic sale about a month ago to Colombia, with fares starting at $240 from a bunch of different US cities. Today, Delta is offering a similar deal, with discounted fares to Medellin and Bogota, Colombia from $276 round-trip. Flights are available from a number of different origins, and travel dates are very flexible throughout 2016.
The cheapest flights appear to be those that terminate in Medellin (MDE), rather than Bogota, which are generally about $50-100 more expensive. The lowest fare we found is between New York (LGA) and Medellin (MDE) for $267. Flights from Baltimore (BWI) can also be found in the sub-$300 range with flights from $276. There are also a number of other origin cities with discounts starting around $300, including Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), and more. For Bogota-bound travelers, flights from Baltimore (BWI) start at $333, and flights from New York (LGA) start at $362.
Route(s): BOS, BWI, LGA, ORD, and more to MDE and BOG
Cost: $267-300+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August 2015 through March 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 4,762 medallion-qualifying miles
Fare Class: V
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (LGA) to Medellin (MDE) for $267 on Delta (earns 4,762 MQMs):
Baltimore (BWI) to Medellin (MDE) for $276 on Delta (earns 5,092 MQMs):
Chicago (ORD) to Medellin (MDE) for $304 on Delta (earns 5,152 MQMs):
Baltimore (BWI) to Bogota (BOG) for $333 on Delta (earns 5,348 MQMs):
New York (LGA) to Bogota (BOG) for $362 on Delta (earns 5,718 MQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Remember, you can bank extra credit card points by using a card that maximizes airfare purchases, like 3x on airfare with the American Express Premier Rewards Gold and Citi Prestige (3x on airfare), or 2x on travel purchases the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
Be sure to act fast if you’re interested — and if you get in on any of these deals, tell us about it in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.