Deal alert: $538 round-trip flights to Buenos Aires, save up to $1,400
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Flights to Buenos Aires are on sale from just $538 round trip — up to $1,400 off of the usual price, according to Google Flights.
Argentina's capital city has been called "the Paris of South America" for good reason. I love the stunning architecture, the late-night tango dancing, the quiet cafes, and especially merienda, the custom of enjoying afternoon tea in order to allow for hours of late-night dining. One of my favorite restaurants, Floreria Atlantico in Buenos Aires, is hidden behind a small flower shop, speakeasy-style.
Argentina's economy has hit a downturn in the last few years, which means that the U.S. dollar is stronger than ever in Buenos Aires — you'll have triple the buying power right now that you would have enjoyed in 2017. So stock up on delicious Argentinian wine by the case, feast guilt-free on steak and ornate desserts, book five-star hotels and explore to your heart's content, knowing that your tourism dollars contribute to the local economy in a much-needed way.
If you're looking to check Antarctica off of your bucket list list, Buenos Aires can be used as a gateway to Ushuaia, one of the southernmost cities in the world. This resort town, with its casinos and five-star hotels, is informally known as "the end of the world," and many travelers flock there each year to board cruise ships bound for Antarctica.
The quickest way to get to Ushuaia is by plane, but you can also travel there by land or sea. The cheapest round-trip flights right now between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia begin at $278 round trip.
Getting to Argentina
Some of these fares are for basic economy, which means different things to different airlines, but often means you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag. You probably also 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: American, United, Boliviana De Aviación (BoA)
Routes: IAH/DFW/SFO/MIA and more to EZE
Cost: from $538 round trip
Dates: March — October 2020
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
Houston (IAH) to Buenos Aires (EZE) for $538 round trip on American:
Dallas (DFW) to Buenos Aires (EZE) for $538 round trip on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Buenos Aires (EZE) for $538 round trip on American:
Miami (MIA) to Buenos Aires (EZE) for $626 round trip on BoA via Google through CheapoAir:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Buenos Aires (EZE) for $638 round trip on United:
Maximize your purchase
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