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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Share your experience trying to search and book in the comments.

Los Angeles direct to Copenhagen, roundtrip on Norwegian, is on sale for $302. Los Angeles to Stockholm and Oslo are on sale for $348+.

Contents:

  1. Pay In Norwegian Krone
  2. Cheap Fares
  3. Optional Extra Fees
  4. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Pay In Krone

Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com because prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

$302 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Copenhagen & Other Deals

Sample Dates: March 5 – 23 on Norwegian for 2,697 NOK = $302

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Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Via Lavpriskalender” on the search screen of your Google-translated norwgian.no page.

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You’ll get a calendar like this for a month at a time.

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From Los Angeles to Copenhagen, the cheapest outbounds cost 1,365 NOK. The cheapest returns cost 1,332 NOK. These prices hold in the winter months and go up slightly as the weather gets warmer. Book the cheapest dates for a $302 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Copenhagen.

The cheapest Los Angeles to Oslo flights are 1,419 NOK and 1,691 NOK respectively. That works out to $348 roundtrip.

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The cheapest Los Angeles to Stockholm flights are 1,815 and 1,705 NOK each way. That’s $394 roundtrip.Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 10.04.09 AM

Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is 250 NOK ($28) each way. Your second is 300 NOK ($34). Similarly a seat reservation is $28 each way.

The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, packing a meal to take on board, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $302 roundtrip to Copenhagen.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it has no foreign transaction fees, and you will be paying in krone. The first $250 in flights per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, your roundtrip ticket from Los Angeles to Copenhagen will cost $52 plus any optional fees.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

Hat Tip The Points Guy

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Los Angeles to Lima, Peru for $289 roundtrip on Delta from January through May 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $289 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Why Peru?
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$289 Roundtrips from Los Angeles to Lima

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There are $289 roundtrips available between January and May.

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I couldn’t bring these up on delta.com, but I brought them up on Kayak, which then sent me to delta.com where they suddenly were bookable.

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Mileage Earning

Delta has revenue-based earning of miles, so you’ll earn a measly 1,450 Delta miles for these roundtrips, more if you have status. These are V class fares. Look into crediting them to a partner to earn more miles.

Why Peru?

Peru is one of my very favorite countries in the world. See my series of the Top Ten Things to Eat, Do, and See in Peru.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will offset part of the purchase of this ticket, leaving you only $39 out of pocket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like its annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, and access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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You could redeem 28,900 Arrival miles to get a free $289 ticket on any airline. You’d still earn Delta miles on the flights, and you’d even get 1,450 Arrival miles back upon redemption. More on redeeming Arrival miles.

Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland and $149 fares to three other European cities. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston (and soon San Francisco and Los Angeles) to Reykjavik with connections to Europe. These are the discounted ones:

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The best way to buy these fares, which are as low as $248 roundtrip, is with Arrival miles. You can redeem Arrival miles toward any flight on any airline including WOW Air. A $248 roundtrip to Iceland costs 24,800 Arrival miles and no cash out of your pocket.

The Fares

Iceland: $248 Roundtrip

The $99 outbounds are on Monday, but you can have a Friday outbound for only $30 more.

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Paris: $328 Roundtrip

The cheapest Paris outbounds are on Sunday.

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London: $314 Roundtrip

The cheapest outbounds are Mondays.

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Flights to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Dublin are just a few dollars more.

Fees

WOW Air’s $99 fares, and all of its tickets, just include a seat and up to 5 kg (11 pounds) in one carry on. Additional weight in your carry on, checked bags, and even seat selection increase the price. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

From the United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs). From the United States to the rest of Europe, you’ll pay $48 each way.

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $38 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. That’s $137 total for a one way ticket to Iceland, and I am a big proponent of one bag travel, so this would be plenty of space and weight for a trip of up to a month.

Then I would fly a low cost carrier from Reykjavik to continental Europe.

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Low Cost Carrier Routes from Reykjavik

I would eventually fly home from continental Europe, either for 20,000 American Airlines miles on an off peak economy award, or in Business Class with United miles. This would mean seeing Iceland and another European country for probably about $300 plus 20,000 miles all in for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

If you want a free ticket, use the Arrival Plus. The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® come with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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Arrival miles can be retroactively redeemed after any travel purchase to eliminate that purchase from your credit card statement at a rate of 100 miles per $1. That means the 46,000 miles you’d get from meeting the minimum spending requirement would be worth $460 in free flights.

You can use the super-cheap WOW Air fares and the Arrival Plus to book a free trip to Europe. Here are the steps.

If you want to earn a lot of miles for the purchase, buy your ticket to Iceland with the Citi Prestige® Card or the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offer 3x on flights. Both cards also offer 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel to Bogota, Colombia roundtrip for $303+ on American Airlines and United Airlines from:

  • New York
  • Dallas
  • Miami
  • Chicago
  • Washington DC
  • Phoenix
  • Charlotte
  • Philadelphia

The fares are mostly available in January and February

Contents:

  1. When are the $303 fares?
  2. Why Bogota?
  3. Other Colombia Options
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$303 Roundtrip from USA to Colombia

These fares are mostly on American Airlines flights from United hubs or United flights from American Airlines hubs. Search on your favorite online travel agency with flexible dates to find them. I’ll list some here.

New York: $338 Roundtrip

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Dallas: $328 Roundtrip

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Miami: $303 RoundtripScreen Shot 2015-12-11 at 11.25.02 AM Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 11.25.27 AM Chicago: $388 RoundtripScreen Shot 2015-12-11 at 11.27.34 AM
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Why Bogota?

I’ve spent a little over four weeks there in the last year. Other than the weather, which is generally brisk, cloudy, and rainy, I love the city.

Hike Monserrate, hit the Gold Museum, go to the restaurant/nightclub Andres Carne de Res (all ages), and eat at El Corral and Sipote plus more sophisticated places. If you like nightlife, stay in Zona Rosa (AKA Zona T) or Rosales.

Most importantly, on any Sunday or holiday, rent a bike and participate in the original ciclovia, which has spawned worldwide imitations. You can bike on 121 km of roads closed to cards. I took the opportunity to roll through the South of the city which would otherwise be far too dangerous to visit alone.

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Other Colombia Options

Here are other places I like or want to go in Colombia:

  • Medellin
  • Cali
  • Parque Tayrona
  • El Camino a La Ciudad Perdida
  • Cocora Valley
  • Cartagena

All of these can be reached with Avios on LAN Colombia from Bogota or on low cost carriers. This fare is a gateway to all of Colombia.

Mileage Earning

On American Airlines flights, you’ll earn one American Airlines mile per mile flown, which are worth about 1.8 cents each to me. Starting in the second half of 2016, American Airlines will copy United’s revenue-based program for earning award miles from flights.

For the United flights, you’ll earn 5 United miles per dollar of the base fare, very few miles in this case, or more if you have status.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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Make the purchase with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, and you can redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge. A $303 flight would be 30,300 Arrival miles, and you’d earn airline miles for flying, since the airline would see your ticket as a cash flight.

Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, or Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for $436+ roundtrip on Copa Airlines from March to June 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $436 fares?
  2. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. Copa Baggage Policy

$436 Roundtrip from Tampa to Rio de Janeiro

Sample Dates: March 24 – April 3, 2016 on Copa

You can search these fares on the ITA Matrix for a month at a time for trip lengths of your choosing. Your results calendar will look like this.

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Your results will display a monthlong calendar.

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Head to copaair.com and recreate the search. You can bring up the same fares that you found on ITA Matrix.

Fort Lauderdale and Washington to Rio de Janeiro for $484+

For only about $50 more, you can fly roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale or Washington-Dulles to Rio de Janeiro next Spring.

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Panama Canal Layover

On some Copa itineraries, you may be able to build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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On ITA Matrix or copaair.com, just select a longer layover in one direction like the bottom one here which has a long afternoon layover in Panama.

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Mileage Earning

These are L class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa L fares.

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  • You’d earn 4,455 United miles on the Fort Lauderdale to Rio roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 4,601 United miles on the Tampa to Rio roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 5,345 United miles on the Washington to Rio roundtrip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: about a $186 roundtrip to Brazil!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. The card comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days and 2x miles on all purchases.

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Arrival miles can be used for free flights on any airline. The number of miles you need is based on the ticket price. You would need 43,600 Arrival miles for a free $436 flight.

Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip The Flight Deal

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland and $149 fares to eight other European cities. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston (and soon San Francisco and Los Angeles) to Reykjavik with connections to Europe. These are the discounted ones:

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The Fares

These $99 and $149 fares are only available eastbound and mostly available on undesirable days of the week.

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The cheapest return from Paris to Baltimore is $176, meaning $325 roundtrips.

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Fees

Wow Air’s $99 fares, and all of its tickets, just include a seat and up to 5 kg (11 pounds) in one carry on. Additional weight in your carry on, checked bags, and even seat selection increase the price. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

From the United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs). From the United States to the rest of Europe, you’ll pay $48 each way.

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $38 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. That’s $137 total for a one way ticket to Iceland, and I am a big proponent of one bag travel, so this would be plenty of space and weight for a trip of up to a month.

Then I would fly a low cost carrier from Reykjavik to continental Europe.

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Low Cost Carrier Routes from Reykjavik

I would eventually fly home from continental Europe, either for 20,000 American Airlines miles on an off peak economy award, or in Business Class with United miles. This would mean seeing Iceland and another European country for probably about $300 plus 20,000 miles all in for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket to Iceland with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket, bag fees, and seat selection fees. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket to Iceland!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Frontier is offering $15 one way fares on routes like San Francisco to Las Vegas and Indianapolis to Orlando.

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The sale is valid for bookings made by tomorrow December 1 for domestic, nonstop travel with no blackout dates. However the sales page has different restrictions on certain sale fares.

To get the best deals, you have to be a Discount Den member, which Frontier charges $50 to join. Here’s my analysis of whether you should join the Frontier Discount Den. The best deal for non-members are $19 fares.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $19, $29, and $39 fares between dozens of cities. Here are some of the deals departing Detroit.

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I had no trouble pricing out Denver to Las Vegas for $15/$19.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Checked bags cost $25+ and carry ons cost $30+ (and $5 more over the holidays), so I would think of these fares as costing $25-$30 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $15 fare would be 1,200 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Minneapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Atlanta to Lima, Peru for $362 roundtrip on American Airlines from November through February 2016.

Contents:

  1. When are the $362 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$362 Roundtrips from USA to Lima

These fares are from Delta hubs–Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Cincinnati–to Lima and being offered by American Airlines. I also checked Delta hubs New York and Los Angeles, but didn’t find cheap fares on American or any other carrier. I also checked United hubs and didn’t find cheap fares on United or any other carrier.

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths.

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There are only a handful of $362 roundtrips from each city that exist between now and February 2016.

 

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Hover over a date with $362 roundtrips. Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.

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You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on aa.com.

Mileage Earning

American Airlines still awards one mile per mile flown, plus bonuses if you have status. The number of miles you’ll earn varies based on your starting city and whether you connect in Dallas or Miami. You can find the miles you’d earn on Great Circle Mapper.

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Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will offset part of the purchase of this ticket.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like its annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, and access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

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You could redeem 36,200 Arrival miles to get a free $362 ticket on any airline. You’d still earn American Airlines miles on the flights, and you’d even get 1,810 Arrival miles back upon redemption. More on redeeming Arrival miles.

 

Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Share your experience trying to search and book in the comments.

New York, Boston, and Los Angeles direct to London roundtrip on Norwegian are on sale for $361+.

Contents:

  1. Pay In Norwegian Krone
  2. Cheap Fares
  3. Optional Extra Fees
  4. Why Oslo in Winter
  5. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Pay In Krone

Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com because prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

$361 Roundtrip from New York to London

Sample Dates: March 6 – 17 on Norwegian for 3,098 NOK = $361

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Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Show Lavpriskalender” on the search screen of your Google-translated norwgian.no page.

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You’ll get a calendar like this for a month at a time. From New York, the cheapest outbounds cost 1,263 NOK. The cheapest returns cost 1,835 NOK. These prices hold from January through March and go up slightly as the weather gets warmer. Book the cheapest dates for a $362 roundtrip from New York to London.Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 11.49.45 AM

The cheapest Los Angeles flights are 1,563 NOK and 2,135 NOK respectively. That works out to $432 roundtrip.

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Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is 250 NOK ($29) each way. Your second is 300 NOK ($35). Similarly a seat reservation is $29 each way.

The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, eating before take off on the outbound, packing a meal for the return, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $362 roundtrip to London.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it has no foreign transaction fees, and you will be paying in krone. The first $250 in flights per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, your roundtrip ticket will cost $112 plus any optional fees.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 50,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

Hat Tip The Points Guy

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore, which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston to Reykjavik with connections to Europe.

Boston to Reykjavik

The $99 fares from Boston are available mostly on Mondays and Fridays through March 4, 2015 with a one month gap right around Christmas.

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There are widely available return fares are $171, so plenty of roundtrips for $270.

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I used to be interested in these fares on the warmest days possible (October and March, which aren’t that warm), but I think I had it backwards. These fares are probably best used to fly in the dead of winter to see the Northern Lights.

Baltimore to Reykjavik

The $99 fares from Baltimore are most Mondays and Fridays until March 7 with a Christmas hiatus.

The cheapest roundtrips are $278.

Fees

Wow Air’s $99 fares, and all of its tickets, just include a seat and up to 5 kg (11 pounds) in one carry on. Additional weight in your carry on, checked bags, and even seat selection increase the price. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

From the United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs).

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $38 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. That’s $137 total for a one way ticket to Iceland, and I am a big proponent of one bag travel, so this would be plenty of space and weight for a trip of up to a month.

Then I would fly a low cost carrier from Reykjavik to continental Europe.

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Low Cost Carrier Routes from Reykjavik

I would eventually fly home from continental Europe, either for 20,000 American Airlines miles on an off peak economy award, or in Business Class with United miles.This would mean seeing Iceland and another European country for probably about $300 plus 20,000 miles all in for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy your ticket to Iceland with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket, bag fees, and seat selection fees. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket to Iceland!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. You can make travel purchases with the card and then retroactively remove the charge from your statement by redeeming Arrival miles in your online account. A $99 flight would be 9,900 Arrival miles. Here’s How to Redeem Arrival Miles. The card currently comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Boston to Santiago, Chile for $335 roundtrip on Copa Airlines through mid-December 2015.

This is the only active sub-$400 fare to South America I see at the moment, but in the last week we’ve seen them on Copa from various American cities to Lima, Montevideo, and Rio. Keep your eyes peeled for fares from where you live to where you want to go on South America. Copa might just discount your preferred fare at any moment.

Contents:

  1. When are the $335 fares?
  2. Why Chile?
  3. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  6. Copa Baggage Policy

$335 Roundtrip from Boston to Santiago

Sample Dates: November 28 – December 7 on Copa

You can search these fares on the ITA Matrix for a month at a time for trip lengths of your choosing. Your results calendar will look like this.

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Hover over an orange day to see what length trips are that price.

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Click through to select the exact flights, but you cannot book on ITA Matrix.

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Head to copaair.com and recreate the search.

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You can bring up the same fares that you found on ITA Matrix.

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Why Chile?

I have never been to Santiago, but I would like to. Last December, I went to Isla Navarino and Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia. I recommend both highly in December. Once in Santiago, you can catch cheap flights with Avios on LAN or with cash to these places.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Panama Canal Layover

On some Copa itineraries, you may be able to build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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Mileage Earning

These are T class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa T fares.

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You’d earn 5,323 United miles on the Boston to Santiago roundtrip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: an $85 roundtrip to Chile!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Secret Flying

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Frontier is offering $19 one way fares on routes like Dallas to Denver and Phoenix to San Francisco.

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (October 14) for domestic, nonstop travel on Mondays through Saturdays from October 20 to December 16 (excluding November 20 to December 1.) On the sale page, the fares show up as $24. You have to put “5OFF” into the promo code box on the home screen to bring them down to $19.

You do NOT have to be a Discount Den member to get these deals. It surprises me that Frontier is undermining the value of the Discount Den, which it charges $50 to join. Here’s my analysis of whether you should join the Frontier Discount Den.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $19 fares between dozens of cities. Here are the $19 fares leaving Chicago.

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There are also many $29, $39, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Dallas to Denver for $19 six days a week in November.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Checked bags cost $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

Even water costs money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

Alternatively you can redeem ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card at a rate of 1.25 cents each to purchase any airline ticket. That means a $15 fare would be 1,200 ThankYou Points and $0.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is now offering a 50,000 point sign up bonus worth $625 in free flights on any flight, any time, on almost any airline with no blackout dates.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for $391+ roundtrip on Copa Airlines through mid-December 2015.

This is the only active sub-$400 fare to South America I see at the moment, but in the last week we’ve seen them on Copa from various American cities to Lima, Montevideo, and Rio. Keep your eyes peeled for fares from where you live to where you want to go on South America. Copa might just discount your preferred fare at any moment.

Contents:

  1. When are the $391 fares?
  2. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. Copa Baggage Policy

$391 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro

Sample Dates: November 17 – 28 on Copa

You can search these fares on the ITA Matrix for a month at a time for trip lengths of your choosing. Your results calendar will look like this.

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Hover over an orange day to see what length trips are that price.

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Click through to select the exact flights, but you cannot book on ITA Matrix.

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Head to copaair.com and recreate the search.

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Panama Canal Layover

On some Copa itineraries, you may be able to build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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Mileage Earning

These are L class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa L fares.

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  • You’d earn 6,295 United miles on the Los Angeles to Rio roundtrip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: about a $141 roundtrip to Brazil!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Air Fare Watchdog

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitterandfollow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Los Angeles, New York, or Miami to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or Montevideo, Uruguay (which is a short ferry from Buenos Aires, Argentina) for $391+ roundtrip on Copa Airlines through mid-December 2015.

Contents:

  1. When are the $391 fares?
  2. Montevideo to Buenos Aires Ferry
  3. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  6. Copa Baggage Policy

$391 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro

Sample Dates: November 17 – 28 on Copa

You can search these fares on the ITA Matrix for a month at a time for trip lengths of your choosing. Your results calendar will look like this.

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Hover over an orange day to see what length trips are that price.

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Click through to select the exact flights, but you cannot book on ITA Matrix.

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Head to copaair.com and recreate the search.

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Here are the super cheap roundtrip fares I’ve seen:

  • Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: $391
  • Los Angeles to Montevideo, Uruguay: $397
  • New York to Montevideo: $408
  • Miami to Montevideo: $408

Copa flies to a number of American destinations and a number of South American destinations, so other city pairs may be on sale. All the sales I see end in mid-December 2015.
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Ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires

Uruguay and Argentina have several ferry routes including ones between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Colonia, and Punta del Este. You’ll be too early for the main season in Punta del Este (late December and January), I find Montevideo very boring, and Colonia is cute for a day.

Buenos Aires is my favorite city on earth.

Panama Canal Layover

On some Copa itineraries, you may be able to build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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Mileage Earning

These are L class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa T fare.

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  • You’d earn 6,295 United miles on the Los Angeles to Rio roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 6,394 United miles on the Los Angeles to Montevideo roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 5,585 United miles on the New York to Montevideo roundtrip.
  • You’d earn 4,536 United miles on the Miami to Montevideo roundtrip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: about a $141 roundtrip to Brazil!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Secretly Flying and The Flight Deal

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter andfollow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Travel from Boston, Los Angeles, and Chicago to Lima, Peru for $454+ roundtrip on Copa Airlines by in November through February.

Contents:

  1. When are the $454 fares?
  2. Why Peru?
  3. Layover Trip to Panama Canal
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  6. Copa Baggage Policy

$454 Roundtrip from Boston to Lima

Sample Dates: November 17 – 24 on Copa

I could not find these fares on the ITA Matrix.

But I could find them on copaair.com, so head right there and search with flexible dates.

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Roundtrips from Los Angeles to Peru start at $478 and at $486 from Chicago to Peru. The cheapest dates are available for travel from November 2015 to February 2016.

Why Peru?

 

Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca lines, world famous food, and a living link to the Incas.

Here is my Top Ten Things to Do, Eat, and See in Peru from a few years back.

Panama Canal Layover

On many Copa itineraries, you can build in a 5+ hour layover in Panama City, just enough time to visit the Panama Canal like I did in April.

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Mileage Earning

These are L class fares from Copa. United offers 50% mileage earning on Copa T fare.

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Great Circle Mapper says that 50% of the roundtrip from Boston to Lima is 3,806 miles. Half the roundtrip from Los Angeles is 4,468 miles.

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Source: gcmap.com

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Copa ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: about $200 roundtrip to Peru!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Copa Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 50 pounds each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Secretly Flying

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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