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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 11 p.m. 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.
Unless you’re willing to fly an ultra-low-cost carrier like Spirit, finding cheap flights to South America from the US is quite difficult. Even then, flights from the US to Spirit’s limited network of South American destinations can be quite pricey. Luckily, if you act fast, you can score round-trip flights from multiple US cities to Quito, Ecuador (UIO), for just $362 round-trip.
Flights are available throughout the fall and early winter from late August through December. The airlines included in the deal are members of SkyTeam (Aeromexico) and Star Alliance (Copa), which means travelers can earn miles with SkyTeam or Star Alliance partners.
Located near the equator, the average high temperature in Quito throughout October, November and December stays in the mid to upper 60s. While not beach weather, Quito is the perfect winter getaway. The city is stunning with plenty of attractions, many of which can be accessed on foot.
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 or Expedia.
Airline: Aeromexico, Copa Airlines
Routes: LAX/JFK/MIA/ORD/SFO to Quito (UIO)
Cost: $362+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in August — December 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Miami (MIA) to Quito (UIO) for $362 round-trip on Copa:
Chicago (ORD) to Quito (UIO) for $381 round-trip on Aeromexico via Expedia:
Chicago (ORD) to Quito (UIO) for $382 round-trip on Copa via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Quito (UIO) for $381 round-trip on Aeromexico via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Quito (UIO) for $382 round-trip on Copa via Cheap-O-Air:
New York (JFK) to Quito (UIO) for $392 round-trip on Copa via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Quito (UIO) for $393 round-trip on Aeromexico via Expedia:
San Francisco (SFO) to Quito (UIO) for $394 round-trip on Copa via Priceline:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier Card, American Express® Gold Card, (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline) 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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