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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, 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.

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 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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