Deal Alert: US Cities to Colombia From $189 Round-Trip

Jun 20, 2019

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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.

It’s no secret that here at TPG we love Colombia. From The Points Guy himself jumping out of a helicopter to the diverse food options, there’s a lot to see, do and taste in the country.

So we’re pleased to discover that multiple airlines are running sales to the South American country starting at bargain prices. You can find availability from numerous US cities including Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD). All flights are in economy and most include a layover before arriving in Colombia. The cheapest routes are on Viva Air, a low-cost carrier, which requires you to pay extra for large carry-on bags. However, fees seem fairly reasonable.

If you decide to visit Medellín, we recommend the Marriott Medellín, which is a Category 4 property in the Marriott Bonvoy program. If you have points to spend, standard award nights cost 25,000 points per night and you could potentially take advantage of Marriott Bonvoy’s fifth-night free benefit. Some of the Marriott credit cards’ annual free night certificates will also cover a night at the hotel.

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: Viva Air, Delta, JetBlue, Aeromexico, Copa
Routes: MIA/DCA/BOS/LAX/ORD/JFK/ATL to BOG/CTG/MDE
Cost: $189+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates:
September – December 2019
Pay With: 
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American 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:

Miami (MIA) to Medellín (MDE) for $189 round-trip on Viva Air:

Chicago (ORD) to Cartagena (CTG) for $290 round-trip on Copa:

Atlanta (ATL) to Cartagena (CTG) for $328 round-trip on JetBlue:

Boston (BOS) to Bogota (BOG) for $375 round-trip on Delta:

Washington DC (DCA) to Bogota (BOG) for $384 round-trip on JetBlue:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Medellín (MDE) for $405 round-trip on Aeromexico:

New York (JFK) to Bogota (BOG) for $407 round-trip on JetBlue:

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), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi 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.

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