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Colombia deal alert: Fly nonstop to Cartagena for under $200

Feb. 27, 2022
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Colombia deal alert: Fly nonstop to Cartagena for under $200
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We think the immense beauty of Colombia is irresistible, so we always pounce when we see an opportunity to travel there. Right now, there's a great sale happening on flights to Cartagena that we feel compelled to let you know about. From its historic Walled City to the beaches, music and food, there are countless reasons to want to visit this popular destination.

Here's another one. You can fly there now nonstop for less than $200 from cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale. You can also score sweet savings on flights departing from NYC, Austin, Cleveland and Nashville.

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We first heard about these discounted fares thanks to our friends at Scott’s Cheap Flights, who sent this deal to their premium subscribers. The premium subscription to the newsletter on discounted fares is $49 per year and elite membership costs $199 annually.

Nonmembers can find sale prices by using Google Flights to search for desired routes and dates.

As is usually the case with these flight deals, the best prices are for economy flights. That typically means you may only get to bring a carry-on bag without extra fees and you may not get to pick your seat. We always recommend maximum flexibility with your travel plans to be able to take best advantage of these cut-rate fares.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Avianca, JetBlue, Spirit and United
Routes: ATL/CLE/EWR/FLL/JFK/MIA/PHL/ to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG)
Cost: Flights available from $199; many nonstops available
Dates: Best fares found for travel March — June

Cathedral illuminated at dusk in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, a UNESCO heritage site. (photo: Sir Francis Canker Photography/Getty Images)

Let's start off with a fabulous fare from Miami (MIA) to Cartagena (CTG) in May for just $199 nonstop. This is for American's basic economy, so there's no seat selection. But you do get to bring a carry-on for free. This fare price is almost half off normal prices we see for this itinerary.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Lots of good deals to Cartagena from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) as well. Spirit Airlines has $169 nonstop fares available in April and May. That's an excellent price, but keep in mind with Spirit a carry-on bag will cost you $75 extra and a checked bag $63.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

JetBlue has round-trip fares from Cleveland (CLE) to Colombia in April for $335. That's an excellent price for spring travel. It's a Blue Basic ticket, so keep in mind you don't get a free carry-on. Your first checked bag costs you $60.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Chicago (ORD) to Cartagena is also available on JetBlue in May for only $326. Again, it's the carrier's no-frills tier so be aware of the fees for checked bags.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are scores of discounted fares to Colombia from New York City. The best we found was this economy nonstop ticket at the end of March departing from Kennedy (JFK) on Avianca for just $184. It's an overnight departure, but at that price it may be worth the early wake-up call.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases like 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 (3 points per dollar on air travel); Chase Sapphire Reserve (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.

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    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more