South America deal alert: Avianca sale with sub-$200 fares to Chile, Colombia + more
If you're been thinking about a trip to South America, Avianca's latest flash sale is just the ticket to get you to stop thinking, and start booking. The airline, a United Airlines partner, has a slew of destinations marked down for travel over the next several months. Departure cities include New York City, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., with some available fares as low as $122!
Some of the fares we saw included unusually low prices to places such as Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay. No matter where your travels take you, the history, natural beauty and culinary delights you'll find in South America will make for an unforgettable trip. And unlike many other deals, we found great prices across a wide range of time, with some of the best deals available in the fall.
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The good folks at Thrifty Traveler tipped us off to this great deal, which they first sent out to their premium subscribers. Their premium service is available for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. This membership fee can easily pay for itself since you’ll get notified of cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals straight to your email.
Non-members can find sale prices by using Google Flights to search for desired routes and dates.
These fares are for Basic travel (S) on Avianca. That comes with a carry-on but no seat assignment. Upgrades that include a checked bag and seat assignment start at $60.
Airlines: Avianca (United Airlines partner)
Routes: IAD/JFK/LAX/MCO/MIA/ to Bogota (BOG), Guatemala City (GUA), Santiago (SCL) and others
Cost: Flights available from $122; some nonstop routes available
Dates: Now-November 2022; availability varies by city.
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x 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 5x on airfare; the Citi Premier® Card for 3x on air travel (see rates and fees); Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel); the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.
The information for 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.
If you want to scratch Machu Picchu off your bucket list, you can do it now. We found flights to Lima, Peru (LIM) departing from NYC (JFK) in May for $334 round-trip. May is actually one of the best times to visit the legendary Incan citadel, since it comes after the heaviest rains fall in Peru.
We also found a fare from Los Angeles (LAX) to Lima in May that was only $437, almost 50% cheaper than normal.
LA to Guatemala City (GUA) can be booked for only $159, nonstop for an end-of-summer trip in August.
Orlando (MCO) to Quito, Ecuador (UIO) has a lot of availability in the spring for less than $400 round-trip. This itinerary in March is just about the lowest price we found.
Miami (MIA) to Bogota, Colombia (BOG) is steeply discounted in April. Avianca has nonstop fares to the Colombian capital for just $177.
Miami to San Salvador (SAL) can be booked for just $122 nonstop in October.
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, like The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x 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 5x on airfare; the Citi Premier® Card (3x on air travel); Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel); the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.
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