Finding a Cheap Flight to Argentina
Air travel to South America isn't exactly cheap. Your plane ticket to Argentina is going to be a big chunk, if not the biggest, of your entire travel budget—so it's worth spending the time to find a deal. The priciest times to fly to Argentina are December to mid-January (especially Christmas), Easter, and July to mid-September. If you're set on going during these times, try to book very early.
Buenos Aires' international airport, Ministro Pistarini, is commonly referred to as "Ezeiza". You'll save time if you key the airport code, EZE, into the form fields on ticket websites.
There's a plethora of sites on the web offering "cheap tickets", and it requires some patience to zero in on the best deals. Here's a list of commercial search engines that offer competitive fares for international flights:
Although the web has become the marketplace of choice for air travel, some bargains can still be found by using the time-honored newspaper and telephone approach. Discount travel agents list sale fares in the sunday travel section of major newspapers, but keep in mind that prices listed often don't include taxes and fees—which can amount to $200 or more. Sometimes listed fares are roundtrip, sometimes one-way; the distinction is usually specified in the ad's fine print.
Discount travel agents include the following:
- STA Travel is definitely worth checking if you are a student or under 26—they also sell the ISIC youth card
- Air Brokers International and Airtreks both specialize in round-the-world tickets but also sell one-way and roundtrip airfares
- Travel Cuts is another student and youth oriented discount travel agent
- TFI Tours has a handy online search function to find fares
Flying courier, where you give up some or all of your baggage allowance in return for a cheaper ticket, might be an option for those with a flexible schedule. Unfortunately, almost all courier flights return within two weeks, and you need to sign up for a service to participate. Check out www.aircourier.org for more info.
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