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Travel from Washington or Baltimore to Lima, Peru for $291 roundtrip on Delta from February to December 2016, excluding the North American Summer.

Contents:

  1. When are the $291 fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Why Peru?
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$291 Roundtrips from DC or Baltimore to Lima

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths. These fares are from BWI, DCA, and IAD. You can specify your favorite airport or WAS to bring up all three.

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There are $291 roundtrips available between February through November excluding the North American summer.

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Hover over a date with $290 roundtrips. Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.06.23 PM

One thing I noticed is that all $291 fares that I saw flew out of one DC area airport and into another. That could be mightily inconvenient, but I figured out a solution on delta.com.Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.07.27 PM

You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on your favorite booking site.Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 12.08.51 PM

On delta.com, I saw the $291 fares. But I also saw that itineraries that flew into and our of the same DC-area airport were only $295.50.

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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 $41 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, 40,000 point sign up bonus, and access to Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels.

 

Hat Tip Secret Flying