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 Quito, Ecuador roundtrip for $319 on AeroMexico. The fares are valid for April and May, 2016.
- When are the $319 fares?
- Why Ecuador?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
$319 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Quito
Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths in April or May.
Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.
You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on aeromexico.com.
Any flights you find on ITA Matrix should be able to recreate on aeromexico.com. Here is a sample itinerary from Saturday April 16 until Monday April 25 for $318.58 all in.
It has a number of tourist destinations including the Galapagos Islands (can be booked with Avios flying LAN from Quito.) It also uses the US dollar as its currency.
You’ll earn 0.5 Delta miles for every mile flown on these V class AeroMexico fares. That’s 3,497 Delta miles on the roundtrip if you input your Delta SkyMiles number when you ticket.
That’s better than earning 0.25 Flying Blue miles or 0 Korean miles on the fares. I don’t know anything about the AeroMexico program, so I didn’t check its earning.
You get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 50 pounds each included in the ticket price.
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 ticket for $69 net to Ecuador!
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, 40,000 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.