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Bogota, Colombia, has wide open availability this fall at discounted prices

By Sean Cudahy

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From its restaurants to its art and incredible views, there are a number of reasons to visit Bogota, Colombia. And here’s another: this fall you can get airfare to Colombia’s capital city at a steep discount for travel after Labor Day. Travelers from a long list of U.S. cities can get a round trip to the South American destination for around $300, and in some cases even less.

This could be a great opportunity for a fall excursion whether you’re looking to enjoy the city’s famous (and inexpensive) lunch options, tour its art museums or learn about the production of coffee while sampling the product at a local coffee shop.

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The deals in some cities start in the later weeks of August and last through much of the autumn when average high temperatures are in the high 60s in Bogota – perfect for sightseeing.

Deal Basics

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, Copa

Routes: BOS/LGA/JFK/EWR/PHL/IAD/DCA/BWI/CLT/ATL/MIA/FLL/LAX/ORD/DFW and others to BOG

Travel dates: August through November with some availability in January 2023

How to book: Directly with the airlines or through Google Flights

Sample Flights

We took note of deals around the $300 mark for the trip to northern South America.

The airline with the most flight options is Spirit Airlines, which had some fares as low as $180, particularly from Southeast U.S. cities. Be sure to take a good look at what you’ll pay on top of the base fare when booking, especially if you plan to bring luggage.

It’s not just Spirit that has discounted fares though. We found flight options on legacy U.S. carriers, along with international airline Copa, which is based in Panama City.

Depending on your departure city, there’s a good chance you’ll have to connect somewhere; if you’re aboard Copa, it will be in Panama City. Still, most of the itineraries I found involved short layovers, so it’s not like you’ll have to spend hours on end in an airport or spend the night along the way.

Here are a few of the routes and prices available:

  • New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Bogoata (BOG) for $348 on JetBlue
  • Boston (BOS) to Bogota (BOG) for $304 on American
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) to Bogota (BOG) for $260 on Copa
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) to Bogota (BOG) for $300 on Delta
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Bogota (BOG) for $275 on JetBlue
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Bogota (BOG) for $307 on Spirit
  • Charlotte (CLT) to Bogota (BOG) for $358 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Bogota (BOG) for $352 on Copa
  • Miami (MIA) to Bogota (BOG) for $183 on Spirit

Departing from New York City, there is plenty of availability right after Labor Day weekend, which marks the unofficial end to summer in the U.S. The mid-September trip aboard JetBlue out of LaGuardia involves a layover in both directions in Fort Lauderdale. You get to Colombia late at night on the southbound trip, with an overnight flight back to the U.S. and a mid-day arrival back in New York.

jetblue booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Washington, D.C., area travelers will have a true, middle-of-the-night departure on this Copa itinerary. You’ll leave Dulles just after 1:45 in the morning, arriving before 6:00 a.m. in Panama City. Following the two-hour stop at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), you’re in Bogota by mid-morning. The return trip involves a late-night arrival back at Dulles.

copa booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

JetBlue travelers out of South Florida have it the easiest. It’s a quick, three-and-a-half to four-hour flight between Fort Lauderdale and Bogota.

jetblue booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

It’s also not just the East Coast that has availability. This deal is pretty wide open across the country, with round trips around $350 or so out of airports in Texas, the Chicago area and Los Angeles. The LAX itinerary aboard Copa includes a redeye flight to Panama City, before the much shorter, final leg of the trip to Bogota. The return trip – again through Panama City – stretches through the afternoon and evening hours.

copa booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which earns you 5 points per dollar on travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. The Platinum Card® from American Express can earn you 5 Amex Rewards points per dollar spent on flights purchased through the airline or through American Express Travel (up to $500,000 annually). You can also earn 5 points per dollar spent on flights purchased through Capital One Travel when you use the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.

The colors of Bogotá, Colombia. I
(Photo by Pierre Klemas / Getty Images)

Related: How to book a trip to Colombia using points and miles

Bottom line

With how busy airports are this summer, fall continues to look like a great time to travel. The airports should be a bit quieter and you’re much more likely to get a good deal on airfare. Whether you’re looking to use Bogota as a jumping-off point to explore more of Colombia and South America or spend your time exploring all the city has to offer, this could be an excellent deal to book.

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