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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 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 Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Right now there are some excellent business class deals to South America on Colombian airline Avianca for the typical cost of an economy flight anytime in 2018.

For the best experience on flights from New York’s JFK, choose itineraries with connections in Bogota (BOG) flying Avianca A330s with lie-flat business class seats. The best way to pick these out from the angle-flat options is to use the Legroom for Google Flights browser extension.

You don’t need any tricks to get these prices, just use Google Flights to set the dates you want, then book on Expedia or directly with the airline itself.

Airline: Avianca
Routes: JFK/BOS/MIA/FLL/MCO to BOG/UIO/GYE/VVI/LPB/ASU/MVD
Cost: $682+ round-trip in business class
Dates: January-November 2018
Booking Link: Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Miami (MIA) to Bogota (BOG) for $682 round-trip:

New York’s JFK to Quito, Ecuador (UIO) for $701 round-trip:

New York’s JFK to Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) for $710 round-trip:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Bogota (BOG) for $744 round-trip nonstop:

Orlando (MCO) to Bogota (BOG) for $854 round-trip nonstop:

New York’s JFK to Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia (VVI) for $858 round-trip:

New York’s JFK to La Paz, Bolivia (LPB) for $858 round-trip:

New York’s JFK to Asuncion, Paraguay (ASU) for $924 round-trip:

Boston (BOS) to Bogota (BOG) for $936 round-trip nonstop:

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 Card (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.

Featured image by Avianca.

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