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Discount Flights to South America | Cheap Airline Tickets

Updated on March 1, 2011

Using a Travel Search Engine or Ticket Consolidator for Cheap Airline Tickets to South America

If you are looking for cheap airline tickets to South America one of the keys to your search is utilizing the fact that airlines fly to South America out of hubs. For example flights on American Airlines fly out of the American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth hub as well as out of their Miami hub. To find the best priced discount flights to South America, use a travel search engine or ticket consolidator like Travelocity or Mobissimo and do searches for your destination using each of the hub cities.

You may not be looking for the cheapest air flights. Some airlines are more comfortable than others and flying to South America can be a long flight depending on where you depart and how far south you are going. A flight with American Airlines from Miami to Bogota, Colombia does not take long at all. A flight to Santiago, Chile is another story. Sometimes you may want to pay a little more to travel with your preferred airline. Spirit Airlines have super cheap discount flights to Peru and Colombia, but they really pack you into those airplanes.

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Airlines that fly to South America

You have a good choice of airlines, here is a list of the major airlines that fly to South America.

  • American Airlines fly to a large number of cities in South America. Flight depart out of their Dallas and Miami hubs. The majority are out of the Dallas / Fort Worth hub.
  • United Airlines flights to South America depart out of their Washington (Dulles) hub in North Eastern US.
  • Spirit Airlines have the cheapest flights, but only fly to Lima, Peru and Colombia out of their Fort Lauderdale hub.
  • Continental Airlines have regular daily service to many South American cities out of two hubs. Houston and New York
  • Delta have daily South American service with several routes all out of their Atlanta, Georgia hub.
  • Jet Blue only fly to Bogota out of their Orlando, Florida hub.
  • COPA is an airline out of Panama. All of their flights to South America are out of COPA's Panama City hub. COPA service the following US cities with flights to Panama from: Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Washington-Dulles and Orlando
  • TACA is like Copa. It is a Central American Airline that services US cities and flies to South America through its San Salvador, El Salvador hub. I have flown with TACA a few times and they are one of my favorite airlines. They have good service and clean planes.
  • Air Canada fly out of their Toronto hub to South America.
  • LAN Airlines is the national airline of Chile.  LAN Airlines main air hub is in Santiago, Chile.  For US flights to South America, LAN's main hub in the USA is Miami.  Note: LAN and TAM Airlines merged in 2010 but still fly under separate brand names.
  • TAM Airlines is Brazil's national airline and completed a merger with LAN in 2010.  TAM is Latin America's largest airline.  TAM have a number of direct flights to South American destinations from the US.

Cheap Flights to South America through US Airline Hubs

Finding cheap flights to South America will be easier if you do searches for flights out of the hub cities I have listed. The hubs in Dallas, Houston and Atlanta in particular have many flights daily. In my experience you will find the cheapest flights through Spirit Airlines and their Fort Lauderdale hub. For example, they often have seat sales to Colombia for $49. However, they only fly to Colombia and Peru.

I am a fan of TACA airlines. Don't let the idea of stopping in El Salvador put you off. It is a very modern airport and you will be pleasantly surprised by how clean and organized the airport is in El Salvador. It sure beats most of the US airports I've passed through. I like TACA's service,every time I have flown with them, I have been happy.

To help with finding discount flights to South America, use a travel search engine like Mobissimo or Travelocity. To help you with flight routes to South America, I have put in links to the Airlines that fly to South America from the US or Canada. Good luck and happy travels.

List of Major US Airports for Flights to South America

City / State
Airport Code
Airport Name
Atlanta, GA
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Boston, MA
Logan International Airport
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Chicago. IL
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Cincinnati, OH
Greater Cincinnati Airport
Dallas, TX
Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport
Denver, CO
Denver International Airport
Detroit, MI
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
Houston, TX
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas, NV
McCarran International Airport
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles International Airport
Miami, FL
Miami International Airport
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport
New York, NY
John F. Kennedy International Airport
New York, NY
LaGuardia Airport
Newark, NJ
Newark Liberty International Airport
Oakland, CA
Oakland International Airport
Orlando, FL
Orlando International Airport
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia International Airport
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Portland, OR
Portland International Airport
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento International Airport
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City International Airport
San Diego, CA
San Diego International Airport
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Airport
Seattle, WA
Seattle - Tacoma International Airport
Tampa, FL
Tampa International Airport
Washington DC
Washington Dulles International Airport

Flights From Canada

Flights from Canada to South America are cheapest from Toronto, Canada.  There are direct non-stop flights from Toronto to several destinations.  However, for travellers searching for flights from Western Canada,  South America is a destination that remains difficult to get to.  The best flights are only one stop flights, many flights involve two flight connections.

Vancouver, Canada is the most popular departure city for flights in Western Canada.  The discount flight guide Cheap Flights Vancouver guides travellers on airlines flying from Vancouver to Latin America.

Airline Ticket Prices to South American Cities From the USA

Reference prices obtained for Spring 2011 travel using the Travelocity Search Engine. These were the airline ticket prices after taxes and fee's.

Continental have a non-stop flight from Houston to Quito, Ecuador for $748. TACA have one-stop in their El Salvador hub for $608.

From New York City (JFK) COPA have a one-stop flight (Panama City) to Bogota, Colombia for $432.

Flights from Atlanta to Santiago, Chile. Delta have non-stop service for $1,266.

Spirit Airlines have flights from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, Colombia for $231.


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