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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.

Colombia’s flag carrier Avianca is currently running a solid sale from New York (JFK) to South American cities including Guayaquil (GYE), Quito (UIO) and Lima (LIM) for as low as $673 round-trip. Flights to Aruba (AUA) are also available starting at $773 round-trip.

All flights are in Avianca’s business class, however, some itineraries require two stops on either the outbound or inbound.

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. To get the absolute best price on some routes, you can search on SkyScanner or Momondo and book through an OTA. Just note that it may be harder to deal with some of the smaller OTA’s customer service if you want to change your flight or if something goes wrong.

Airline: Avianca
Routes: JFK to LIM/UIO/GYE/AUA
Cost: $673+ round-trip in business class
Travel Dates:
September – November
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 CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Lima (LIM) for $673 round-trip via SkyScanner:

New York (JFK) to Quito (UIO) for $679 round-trip via SmartFares:

New York (JFK) to Guayaquil (GYE) for $762 round-trip via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to Aruba (AUA) for $773 round-trip via Expedia:

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 ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: SecretFlying

Featured image by Getty Images / Keith Levit.

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