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Deal alert: Avianca flights to Central America from $150

March 11, 2022
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Central America has coastal countries with beautiful beaches, historic ruins and rich culture. Guatemala and El Salvador are home to rainforests, volcanoes and ancient Mayan ruins for travelers to visit. Avianca Airlines is offering some serious deals in the fall to both countries from major U.S. cities under $200 round-trip.

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Roasting marshmallows at a volcano in Guatemala. (Photo by The Mom Trotter)

Scott’s Cheap Flights, which offers a premium membership that alerts readers to discounted fares for $49 a year, first reported this deal to us. These offers are available for travel from October to November.

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Deal basics

Airline: Avianca
Routes: IAD/IAH/JFK/LAX/MIA to GUA/SAL
How to book: Directly through the airline or Google Flights
Travel dates: October – November

Sample flights

The following deals are for economy seats on Avianca, which only allow you to bring a personal item for free. A carry-on will cost $100 and a checked bag will cost $80. All offers below are for nonstop flights.

(Screenshot courtesy of Avianca.com)

The cheapest deal we found was from Miami (MIA) to Guatemala City (GUA) for $150 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Another option under $200 is from New York (JFK) to Guatemala City (GUA) for $193 round trip.

You can travel to San Salvador (SAL), the capital of El Salvador, from Washington, D.C., (IAD) for $167 round trip. According to Google Flights, this price is over $200 cheaper than usual for travel in October.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

For the same price, travelers can go from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Salvador (SAL) for $167 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are affordable options throughout October and November to travel from Houston (IAH) to San Salvador (SAL) for $172 round-trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

There's a lot to do in Guatemala including roasting marshmallows on an active volcano. Or you can try authentic pupusas while you’re in El Salvador. Don’t miss out on either of these deals to explore these countries in Central America at a great price.

Featured image by (Photo courtesy of Henryk Sadura/Getty Images_
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
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  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases