Discounted Airfares to South America

May 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Trying to save money on your airline tickets to South America can be a challenge.  Their are a number of consolidators which offer discounted tickets for flights to Brazil, Chile or Argentina.  Cheap Flights in Canada is a good place to call as is Fare Buzz in New York.  Both offer discounted tickets all over the world.

Finding cheap airfares to the northern part of South America can be a little more difficult – Ecuador in particular there are very few consolidator offers and the best way to save money is to shop around and check different options.  Copa Airlines frequently has good deals in both business class and economy.

If you are planning on visiting a couple of different countries in South America like combining a Galapagos Cruise with Machu Picchu or Traveling through Chile, Peru and Argentina your best option for big savings is to purchase a Visit South America Pass.

Visit South America passes are similar to the passes on other continents.  They need to be purchased prior to your arrival.  You need to arrive internationally on one of the alliance airlines and you need to fly a minimum number of segments.

For the One World Visit South America Pass you need to arrive in South America on one of the One World Airlines…British Air, Qantas, LAN, American Airlines or Iberia etc… After you have your international flights booked you call them to purchase your flights within South America.  The key is you have to have at least 3 segments.  The price of the tickets is based on miles you fly.

  • Flights from 1 to 560 miles are $119 per segment
  • Flights from 561 miles to 750 miles are $143 per segment
  • Flights 751 miles to 1280 miles are $179 per segement
  • Flights 1281 miles to 1810 miles are $203
  • Flights 1811 to 2300 miles are $263
  • Flights 2300 to 3500 miles are $359

For our example of combining Galapagos and Machu Picchu you would purchase a pass for your flight Lima to Cusco another for Cusco back to Lima and a third for Lima to Quito or Guayaquil.  Normally these the internal South America flights would cost you around $1200 per person…however with the Visit South America Pass you can purchase all these flights for around $400 per person.

When you are making your travel plans, keep the money savings Visit South America Pass in mind it can save you a bundle.


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