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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.

If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Machu Picchu or you’re just interested in visiting South America, right now there’s some great airfares available to Lima, Peru on both American Airlines and Delta Airlines from cities on both the east and west coasts. We’re seeing flights to Lima (LIM) from New York/Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN) and even Raleigh-Durham (RDU) for as low as $452 round-trip.

These fares are primarily available in April and May, but we did find quite a bit of fall and winter space on flights from Boston and Raleigh-Durham to Lima on Delta. In most cases there’s a Saturday night stay requirement but you don’t need any tricks to get these airfares, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Also, since these are international trips on legacy carriers, you’ll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.

Airlines: American Airlines and Delta Airlines
Routes: EWR/BOS/RDU/DEN/SFO to LIM
Cost: $452+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April-May and October 2017-February 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveCiti Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York/Newark (EWR) to Lima, Peru (LIM) on American for $452 round-trip via Orbitz:

Denver (DEN) to Lima (LIM) on American for $452 round-trip via Orbitz:

Boston (BOS) to Lima (LIM) on Delta for $455 round-trip via Orbitz:

Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Lima (LIM) on Delta for $455 round-trip via Orbitz:

San Francisco (SFO) to Lima (LIM) on American for $462 round-trip via Orbitz:

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, 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.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

H/T: The Flight Deal

Featured image of Miraflores in Lima, Peru courtesy of andyKRAKOVSKI/Getty Images.

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