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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Pack your bags — flights to Colombia are on sale for as low as $238 round-trip. You can fly from Orlando (MCO), Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Washington D.C. (DCA), Houston (IAH), Boston (BOS) or Atlanta (ATL) to Bogotá (BOG) or Medellín (MDE) on full-service carriers which include JetBlue, American Airlines and United. Flights are available on select dates from February through May and September to December 2019.
Fares with United and American book into Main Cabin, so you’ll receive a free checked bag and seat selection. JetBlue does charge for checked bags on these routes.
If you’re looking for something to do while you’re in Colombia, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Colombia. Also, if you happen to fly into Medellín, here are five reasons you should take full advantage of all the city has to offer.
To search, 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 through an OTA like Priceline, Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: JetBlue, American, United
Routes: MCO/MIA/FLL/LAX/JFK/DCA/IAH/BOS/ATL to BOG/MDE
Cost: $238+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: February-May, September-December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Orlando (MCO) to Bogotá (BOG) for $238 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Medellín (MDE) for $264 round-trip nonstop on JetBlue:
Miami (MIA) to Bogotá (BOG) for $297 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bogotá (BOG) for $341 round-trip on United:
Atlanta (ATL) to Bogotá (BOG) for $344 round-trip on JetBlue:
Washington D.C. (DCA) to Bogotá (BOG) for $358 round-trip on JetBlue:
New York (JFK) to Bogotá (BOG) for $372 round-trip on JetBlue:
Boston (BOS) to Bogotá (BOG) for $383 round-trip on JetBlue:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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