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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Flights from the East Coast to Ecuador are on sale, with prices from just $294 round-trip. You can fly from Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Washington, D.C. (DCA) to Quito (UIO) with flights available from April through mid-June.
Carriers include Copa and JetBlue, which just started nonstop Fort Lauderdale to Quito service in 2016. Ecuador was named as one of our 5 Budget-Friendly Destinations to Visit in 2017 and is a great place to use a jumping off point if you’re trying to get to the Galapagos Islands. Sub-$300 dollar deals for South American destinations are rare, so make sure to hop on this before it’s gone!
Airlines: Copa and JetBlue
Route: BOS/DCA/FLL to UIO
Cost: $294+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April – June 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Quito (UIO) for $294 round-trip on Copa:
Washington D.C. (DCA) to Quito (UIO) for $317 round-trip on JetBlue:
Boston (BOS) to Quito (UIO) for $374 round-trip on Copa:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Featured image of Quilotoa Crater Lake in Ecuador courtesy of Getty Images.
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