We hear it all the time, “I’m considering my dream Chile kayaking trip but the airfares are expensive.” As travel resumes to normalcy here are a few tips to sniff out the best airfare rates.
Browse INCOGNITO to avoid bait and switch pricing.Airlines say they don’t raise prices when you leave and return to their sites. We became suspicious when exactly that happened during some of our searches. Each time you search incognito you are in effect resetting your cookies and hence not allowing the sites to track your site hits.
Seek known cheap ports to Santiago (SCL) and/or Temuco (ZCO) Chile.*Temuco (ZCO) is the retreat’s primary airport for 90% of trips. For US residents try to route through these ports to save your budget. Some guests have bought their US flights separate. For example, purchase a Denver to DC Dulles has a cheap Copa Airlines flight routing through Panama. JFK surprisingly had the lowest national airfares to Santiago. Raleigh Durham (RDU) often offers a cheaper flight than it’s Big Sister Charlotte. This is likely due to the fact that smaller RDU reduces flights to remain competitive. Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Houston, Toronto, and Dallas are all international airports that route direct to Chile. Domestic Chile Airlines. Domestic Chile airfares remain shockingly affordable if purchased in advance. We recently used Orbitz.com to purchase a Latam Santiago to Temuco flight for just $60.30. Downsize is Latam listed additional bags as $100 – $200. Domestic Chile airlines include Latam, Sky Airlines, and Jetsmart.
Segment your connecting flights.Let’s use Denver International Airport (DEN). Purchasing a DEN to JFK flight separate from DEN direct to SCL may save your wallet hundreds. You can do the same on the Chile end by purchasing your Santiago (SCL) to Temuco (ZCO) separately.
Know the cheapest day to fly.Use sites like Google Flights and Sky Scanner’s “Whole Month” feature to see cheapest flights by date. As a rule of thumb Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are cheaper than weekend flights. Avoid or fly on holidays – If you can fly on Christmas or New Years you may find lower rates. Yet, flying on the days near to holidays… don’t be surprised by inflated rates. Google.com/Flights – We suggest beginning your research with Google Flights because you can easily see the cheapest days to fly. It’s cool to see the costs illustrated on each day of the calendar. SkyScanner.com – Maybe the best comprehensive booking site for finding low fares. The “Whole Month” feature allows you to compare prices by the day equaling hundreds of dollars in savings. Easy to use and fast.
- Now that you know the cheapest days to fly use your dates research to search on other cheaper booking engines.