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Deal alert: Fly to Ecuador from Atlanta, LA, Miami, NYC and other cities from $184 RT

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.

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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.

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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.

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(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

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