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April 10, 2022
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With nearly all travel restrictions lifted for travelers who are fully vaccinated, Ecuador is welcoming visitors looking to explore everything from its fascinating historical sites to the legendary Galapagos Islands.

Flights to Quito and Guayaquil from a number of U.S. departure cities such as Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Los Angeles and New York are on sale for prices that range from solid to spectacular. This deal applies to travel booked between September 2022 and February 2023. And in case you enjoy getting away for the holidays, some of the sale fares are valid over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Most flights in this sale have a layover. The deal is for economy fares as well, so you'll pay extra for a checked bag. On American that could be around $45 each way. On Copa or United, expect it to cost $30 per bag each way. The best fares and widest availability were for travel to Guayaquil.

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Hat tip to Scott’s Cheap Flights for spotting this deal. Their basic membership is available for $49 per year. The Elite tier option is available for $199 per year, and that will get you access to deals on premium economy, business-class and first-class tickets.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Avianca, Copa and United
Routes: Atlanta, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark and others to Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly through the airline
Travel dates: September through February 2023

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Sample flights

We found a flight on Copa from Atlanta (ATL) to Guayaquil (GYE) in November for only $184 round-trip. It's an economy ticket and you do have a layover in Panama City, but that is still an incredible price. Also, keep in mind this fare is over the Thanksgiving holiday.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Here's another excellent price for a trip to Guayaquil. We found flights from Los Angeles (LAX) in late January to Ecuador's largest city for only $272 round-trip on Copa.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can fly from New York City (JFK) to Quito (UIO) in October on American for only $310 round trip. Keep in mind it's a basic economy tier fare, so checking a bag will cost $90. It may be worth it to just upgrade to main cabin for $100, which would get you the free checked bag as well as free seat selection and earlier boarding.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can also score a good deal on a flight from Hartford, Connecticut, (BDL) to Quito in November. American has good availability the whole month for $334 basic economy tickets.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

The widest variety of discounted fares we found with this deal were for flights to Guayaquil. Another example is this itinerary from Orlando (MCO) to Guayaquil for $288 round trip on Avianca. That's an excellent price for this route.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Here's a truly epic deal -- You can book a flight from Boston (BOS) to Guayaquil on Copa over Thanksgiving for only $381 round-trip. That's a huge discount for a route that will typically cost around $800 during that time of year.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Because Guayaquil is a gateway to the Galapagos, you may want to consider planning a quick trip to the archipelago teeming with marine life. If that's the case, you could book a non-stop ticket on LATAM to the Baltra Island airport (GPS) for $244 and enjoy a weekend jaunt to view the incredible marine life that inspired Darwin to develop his theory of evolution.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: Ecuador expands "underwater superhighway" for migrating species in the Galapagos

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: 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 or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 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.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases