Mistake Fare: LAX to Lima for $238 r/t


Right now on taca.com, you can get a roundtrip from LAX to Lima for $238. This appears to be good from September through November. Peru is one of my favorite countries in the world. Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Amazon Rainforest, world’s deepest canyon, incredible history, gastronomy, great beaches, and on and on and on.

If you want to book, book now. This fare will disappear any moment. I just booked a two week trip for $238!

See the flyertalk thread here. I can’t confirm the details in it because it’s 5 AM where I am, but the thread reports this will earn 50% of the flown miles on United. It also claims you can stop over in El Salvador (great country) for $35 extra, but I failed to make that work.

Jump on this now. Worry about positioning flights later. That thread also links to some language that claims that you can cancel the itinerary for up to 24 hours. Again YMMV.

Huge hat tip to @bitachu for letting me get back to South America after a two year absence on the cheap. That’s longer than I ever thought I’d be away, and I’m glad I’ll soon be back.

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  1. Glad you booked, Mark. At least three of my facebook friends jumped on the deal too! One of them is from SFO, so she’ll hopefully position with 4,500 Avios.

  2. This is still my favorite travel blog of all time – props.

    I booked a trip for November and need to reposition from Seattle. I know not to contact TACA to make sure they will honor the ticket. I expect any issues on that front would be widely reported as well. Do you have any further advice on how long I should wait before committing my reposition tickets for a trip that could be clawed back? I like LA, but not enough to spend over a week there in November 😉

    • I don’t expect airfare to increase dramatically from SEA-LAX any time soon or for award space to disappear rapidly, so I would just wait for at least a few weeks to make sure this all sorts out in our favor. Then book the cash ticket or Avios ticket. I’ll maybe drop a note when I help my friend in SFO get her repositioning tix as a sign that I think it’s safe.

      • So how long is the wait usually for price mistake flight canceling?
        (from experience, I’m not going to hold you accountable, I just don’t want to start booking tours and stuff to later have to cancel n stuff)

  3. They haven’t cancelled so it’s a good sign.
    When are u going?
    Mind doing a video on avios award booking for short SA flights?


    • I’ll try for sure because I think I’ll be booking one soon. But I’m having trouble with the vid program. Hopefully I can book it soon.

  4. Thanks for the post. I booked a trip around the second weekend of Sept. Incidentally, also repositioning from SFO. Going to use Southwest RR points for that. Reading all the interesting tips and tidbits…


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