Deal Alert: US Cities to South America From $235 Round-Trip
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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.
Flights from multiple US cities to top South American and even some Central American destinations are now on sale from just $235 round-trip. These flights are available starting in mid-August and last through early December. Airlines offering low fares to South and Central America span all three major airline alliances. All fares include one carry-on bag with some fares allowing free seat selection.
Cities to which you can fly include Bogota (BOG), Quito (UIO), and Panama City, Panama (PTY), among others. Fares are available from US cities including Chicago (ORD), New York (EWR), and Miami (MIA) with numerous other cities also featuring the low fares. Fares included in this post are capped at $390 round-trip, however, there are other cities and destinations starting in the $400s.
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.
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Airline: American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, JetBlue, United
Routes: BOS/EWR/FLL/LAS/LAX/MCO/MIA/ORD/PHX/SFO to BOG/CLO/CTG/GYE/MDE/PTY/UIO
Cost: $235+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in August through 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 Amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Orlando (MCO) to Bogota (BOG) for $253 round-trip on Delta:
Miami (MIA) to Panama City, Panama (PTY) for $235 round-trip on American:
Chicago (ORD) to Cartagena (CTG) for $292 round-trip on COPA via Orbitz:
New York City (EWR) to Bogota (BOG) for $364 round-trip on JetBlue:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cali (CLO) for $390 round-trip on COPA via Orbitz:
Miami (MIA) to Bogota (BOG) for $339 round-trip on Avianca via Cheap-O-air:
Boston (BOS) to Bogota (BOG) for $387 round-trip on Delta:
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 (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amextravel.com), 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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