Wednesday, 22 October 2008

12 Tips for Cheap Flights to Latin America

Updated 21 February 2012
  1. Track airfare through sites like Yapta and Airfare Watchdog.
  2. Use air miles. Many airlines are part of the same programme such as Star Alliance or One World.
  3. Look at airlines that specialise in flights to Latin America.
  4. Book in advance or very last minute.
  5. Stay over a Saturday night.
  6. Buy your ticket on between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.
  7. Travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday.
  8. Ask about promotions.
  9. Try a variety of travel dates.
  10. Use Low Cost Carriers (LCC).
  11. Fly during the off-season.
  12. Check Farecompare for more tips and tricks.
Other Tips for Low Fares
Search engines like Kayak, Air Treks, Air Deals, Side Step, Just the Flight, Opodo, Airbrokers, and BT Store are good. Farecompare has a airfare history chart. Look at layover times and the number of connections. Sometimes it's worth paying more if it means less waiting time and fewer flights. Check to see whether taxes are included and what their refund policy is.

Low Cost Carriers / Budget Airlines
LCC means basic. You can find some great deals, but you often have to pay for extras, such as meals, blankets, pillows, checked luggage, choosing your seat, etc. They often have stricter baggage allowances, nonetheless LCCs are great for saving money.
Latin American Specialists
Avianca, Intra Tours, Exito Travel, Fly Latin America, LAN, Delgado Travel USA, Trafico Peru, and Peru Explorer specialise in flights to Latin America. If you're coming from the UK, try Cheap Flights UK. If you're flying from the US, try Airfare Watchdog.


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