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Travel from Chicago, Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, and Los Angeles roundtrip to Panama City; Lima, Peru; or Cuzco, Peru for $313+ roundtrip in Avianca Business Class. Most of the deals are valid for next month: June 2016. These are the best deals Secret Flying found:

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There is some chance Avianca will try to cancel these ticket, so even though travel starts in just a few weeks I would hold off on booking hotels or tour bookings until Avianca reacts (or doesn’t react for a few days/weeks.)


  1. When are the cheap fares?
  2. Why Peru?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$422 Roundtrip from Chicago to Cuzco

I could not find these fares on ITA Matrix, but I did find them on Expedia.

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Head to Expedia and search your dates and city pair. All the dates I saw were for travel in June, so you have between a few days and a few weeks to pack.

Why Peru?

It is one of my five favorite countries in the world: Machu Picchu and the Inca Ruins, the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, a mega-city (Lima), and even the beach are the highlights. See my Peru Top Ten.

If you choose Peru, I’d recommend flying roundtrip to Cuzco if you only have five days or less or flying open jaw into Cuzco and out of Lima if you have more time. (Then fly around the country on Avios awards or low-cost carrier flights.)

Mileage Earning

I don’t see fare class. Once you have the ticket and see the fare class, you can select which program to credit the miles to–consider LifeMiles, United, and Singapore at least–and input your account number for that airline. Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 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 $63 roundtrip to Panama or $170 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.

Go to the deal to buy now; these prices will last only a few minutes or hours at most!

Hat Tip Secret Flying

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!

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