Cheapest way to book airfare in Argentina?

AyCarambAaron

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Hi,

Can anyone recommend the best websites to book cheap airfare around Argentina and Latin America? The only decent site I've found so far is cheapoair.com, but I've got to imagine that there are cheaper, Spanish-language-only websites. Any suggestions?

Also, I'm already aware of the 2-tier pricing system for nacionales and extranjeros...not a fan.

Thanks!
 

fifilafiloche

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Imho, the cheapest way to book from Argentina is..not to book from Argentina.

Buy an online ticket in Spain from Buenos Aires and print it if you want to go to Europe.

Go with a bus to Montevideo, Asuncion, Santiago de Chile or Montevideo and fly from there to Quito, Caracas...

The two tier fare is by definition not acceptable now that life cost almost caught up with western countries , so why feeding the system?

PS : I just realized that this method was mainly valid for Europeans, since US americans need a visa to enter most south american countries. There is a price to pay for autistic international policies.
 

fifilafiloche

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I have a motorcycle so i dont need to fly within argentina, but i would advise you to take the bus (micro). They are very confortable (bed sits), you dont need to take a taxi to the airport, no taxes to land, cheap, you can stop when you want, you ll get to see argentina s beautiful landscapes and..you dont pay more as a foreigner. In Argentina, travel like argentines.

Add to this that this is a very good oportunity to meet argentine people and socialise, sharing mate at the front of the first deck bus with an exceptional view.
 

arty

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Hey guys, he isn't asking about taking a bus, he wants to fly. Not everyone wants to waste time taking a bus to places.
 

mini

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Have you tried Pluna? They seem to be a "cheap airline" ala Ryanair/Easyjet. Be careful of the airport/entry/exit fees though. They don't mention them.
 

fifilafiloche

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arty said:
Hey guys, he isn't asking about taking a bus, he wants to fly. Not everyone wants to waste time taking a bus to places.
Time wasting is a strange concept here, since it s part of the daily routine. A night sleep in a bus might seem faster than an hour in plane that will force you to find and pay for accomodation once on site. In Europe, a plane ticket for 1000 km might cost less than a bus ticket for 100 km. Here it s the contrary.

Europeans and north americans have been accustomed to flying being the most cost effective option since the arrival of low cost companies and come here with pre conditioned reflexes. Due to less liberal rules, flying is still a luxury.

Warning about the difference in transport realities between Argentina and the "first world" might be of interest for budget concerned newcomers, even if the topic is about planes, one of the means of transport in Argentina.

I thanked you tho for the warning, since it helped me wonder if i was truely off topic.
 

KatharineAnn

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fifilafiloche said:
Time wasting is a strange concept here, since it s part of the daily routine. A night sleep in a bus might seem faster than an hour in plane that will force you to find and pay for accomodation once on site. In Europe, a plane ticket for 1000 km might cost less than a bus ticket for 100 km. Here it s the contrary.

Europeans and north americans have been accustomed to flying being the most cost effective option since the arrival of low cost companies and come here with pre conditioned reflexes. Due to less liberal rules, flying is still a luxury.

Warning about the difference in transport realities between Argentina and the "first world" might be of interest for budget concerned newcomers, even if the topic is about planes, one of the means of transport in Argentina.

I thanked you tho for the warning, since it helped me wonder if i was truely off topic.

This is good advice. OF course, if the OP has their heart set on flying, then it is perhaps off-topic, but it might serve useful to some other forumite who is unsure of the best way to travel on a budget. Bus travel really is affordable here, and if you're looking to save money it really doesn't make sense to fly, unless of course you are such a busy person that you cannot 'waste time' (but in this case I suspect you may be able to afford the more expensive airefare without any problems!)
 

arty

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fifilafiloche said:
Time wasting is a strange concept here, since it s part of the daily routine. A night sleep in a bus might seem faster than an hour in plane that will force you to find and pay for accomodation once on site. In Europe, a plane ticket for 1000 km might cost less than a bus ticket for 100 km. Here it s the contrary.

Europeans and north americans have been accustomed to flying being the most cost effective option since the arrival of low cost companies and come here with pre conditioned reflexes. Due to less liberal rules, flying is still a luxury.

Warning about the difference in transport realities between Argentina and the "first world" might be of interest for budget concerned newcomers, even if the topic is about planes, one of the means of transport in Argentina.

I thanked you tho for the warning, since it helped me wonder if i was truely off topic.
I have noticed that wasting time here is a way of life, and that's ok. I am slowly getting used to waiting for something while who ever is supposed to help me is busy on their cell phone (like the bank teller), chatting with a friend or sipping on mate. I'm actually amazed this country has the subte considering how long it takes anything to get done.

But when it comes to travel, I know I would rather waste time at my destination rather than in route to it.

The OP did not mention anything about being on a budget. Not every expat here is worried about money. It might seem stand offish, but that's how it is and it gets tiring to have people always assume that cheap travel is the best option. Even though gringo prices suck, I'm ok with paying them. So when someone asks about airfare, I don't think they want to know about buses.

But that's just me.....
 

KatharineAnn

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arty said:
The OP did not mention anything about being on a budget. Not every expat here is worried about money. It might seem stand offish, but that's how it is and it gets tiring to have people always assume that cheap travel is the best option. Even though gringo prices suck, I'm ok with paying them. So when someone asks about airfare, I don't think they want to know about buses.

But that's just me.....
You're right that not every expat is worried about money (in fact there are some that are rather forrados if I may comment) but it can't hurt to let someone know that there is a less expensive option in case someone (maybe not even the OP, but someone else reading) is interested in looking into that option. If they are not, they will ignore that post and continue reading in the hopes that someone does know how to find budget airfare (though I do kind of wonder if it even exists here).
 
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