Airfare sale: Visit Colombia, Ecuador or Peru from $258 round trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Get away to Central and South America for just a couple hundred dollars round trip. These sub-$300 fare sales are available from a number of cities across the U.S., including the Midwest and West Coast.
The only drawback is that most of these fares begin in basic economy. Basic economy means different things to different airlines, but you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag, and you probably won't be able to select your seat, get an upgrade, or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.
To find a deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: Spirit, COPA, American and more
Routes: EWR/SFO/ORD/DFW and more to MDE/UIO/LIM/GYE and more
Cost: $258+ round-trip
Dates: February—April 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
Dallas (DFW) to Guayaquil (GYE) for $258 round trip on Spirit via Google:
Chicago (ORD) to Lima (LIM) for $265 round trip on COPA via Gotogate:
San Francisco (SFO) to Quito (UIO) for $277 round trip on COPA via Bravofly:
Newark/New York (EWR) to Medellín (MDE) for $283 round trip on Spirit:
San Francisco (SFO) to Medellín (MDE) for $292 round trip on COPA via Bravofly:
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.