how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

#1 22 May 2011 21:29:52

rakututu
rakututu
boise

how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

why so expensive to get to ecuador 1250 vs costa rica - 718?

i've been tracking this pheno for months now.. why so expensive?
does anyone know a cheap way to get to ecuador?  i want to go to banos or cotachi with my cat.
like others have stated costa rica and panama are overdone and i am ready to immerse in spanish and dig on their crazy hats!!
so please!!!  how to get to ecuador affordably?

#2 23 May 2011 01:23:50

shytci98

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

Hi,

We recently flew from here in Jacksonville, FL to ECU.
Flew American Airlines to Miami, then from there to Quito, ECU..a four hour flight.  one hour to MIA.  LAN/ECUADOR to UIO.
Great flight..Boeing 767..leather seats, friendly flight attendants and a full course meal.

Our cost total?  $745 p/p.  Check with Expedia or Priceline. Also, Kayak or Orbitz might do. Ecuador has three great airlines. And now going out of Quito to Cuenca is "CuencaAirlines.  New.  From MIA to ECU there is Aerogal, Tame and Lan.

Try checking flights after midnight or around 2-3am..as the airlines are trying to fill their seats and the prices are lower. Take this from a former American Airlines Flight Attendant who knows how they schedule flights.

Good luck.  Cuenca is beautiful, charming, friendly and inexpensive. We found a 4 bedroom, 4 bath apt overlooking the city for $450/month.  Even in Boise, you can't get that inexpensive. lol

Carole Walter in Jacksonville, FL

We are moving there the last of October.  Selling everything here..even the car. Taxi rides are only $1.50 most anywhere.

#3 23 May 2011 02:37:40

colbob123
colbob123
CASPER

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

This is really good advise about the flights. I find traveling with a husband in tow (who doesn't travel much) requires a lot more thought!.. We are anxious for our first visit to Cuenca.

#4 23 May 2011 02:43:41

ElvisNYC
ElvisNYC
Guayaquil

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

rakututu wrote:

why so expensive to get to ecuador 1250 vs costa rica - 718?

i've been tracking this pheno for months now.. why so expensive?
does anyone know a cheap way to get to ecuador?  i want to go to banos or cotachi with my cat.
like others have stated costa rica and panama are overdone and i am ready to immerse in spanish and dig on their crazy hats!!
so please!!!  how to get to ecuador affordably?

Air fares are always unpredictable. I suggest to price out boise-Miami. Then Miami to Quito, see if that works. Btw, prices are generally higher from June-Sept to Ecuador. Low season is Feb/May and Oct/Nov. Prices vary from country, it's not dependent on distance, it's more about routes and availability.

I used to get 400 fares from NY to Buenos Aires. Also, check for flights on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

#5 28 May 2011 17:22:43

mickisue
mickisue
Twin Cities

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

Your best bet, since you are in a location where flights are just more expensive, period, is to get to a hub, and fly from there.

Barring that, I'd recommend that you find the cheapest fare from Boise to wherever the cheapest international flight is located, and book fares separately. There's no guarantee that your flight will leave on time, or even at all, though. So I also recommend, since the cost of airfare is critical to you, and it appears that you can't afford a re-booking charge if you miss your flight to Quito, that you plan for a night in the city where you'll be taking the international flight (a hostel?) and give yourself a safety net of time.

Does that all make sense? So, for example, either get to Seattle or Portland, and then fly from there to, say, LAX, and find the cheapest flight to Quito. The cheapest combination of flights may be from Miami, who knows?

#6 23 June 2011 09:30:48

OceanHideaway
OceanHideaway
Anconcito ~ Salinas

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

The hubs to look for our flights to ecuador from either New York/New Jersey (either Kennedy or Newark) or from Miami.

I also think LAN is the best airline to book -- best flight and they were wonderful with my dog when I brought him down June of 08. 

Also agree to look at fares on Tuesday and Wednesday for both directions and the fares go up for Christmas & new years as well as a week before Ash Wednesday (February or March) for Carnaval until after Easter (March or April).

#8 28 June 2011 02:22:55

OceanHideaway
OceanHideaway
Anconcito ~ Salinas

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

When you open the site LAN.com scroll down to United States (English) to open in English.

#10 28 June 2011 13:54:44

shytci98

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

Go to LANECUADOR.COM.  Or you can go to google.com and type in Cheap fares to Cuenca or wherever you are going.  Actually, we went thru CheapoAir.com and got tickets reasonably priced. From Jacksonville, FL to Miami on American, then after a 4 hour wait, we took LAN/Ecuador to Quito..stayed overnight and took the flight to Cuenca, still on LAN. Price:  Cheaper than flying to California from here.  $745. R/T.  And on Lan out of Miami, you can get free wine or Champagne..and a full course dinner.
You might also check Expedia or Kayak.com. AND, a bit of advice. I am a former Flight Attendant and I know how planes schedule their flights.  If you go onto a site as mentioned above, do it around midnight, or even better yet, try getting a flight at two or three AM. The airlines are wanting to sell their seats and will give you a cheaper price.  Priceline is good; or even going into the airline site itself is a sure bet. But remember, do it after the clock strikes 12 midnight!

I just checked with COPA Airlines and they are offering flights to Quito and then to Cuenca for $780/RT.  Not too bad.  I paid $680 from here to Los Angeles in February. And got changed twice to another airline.  Fun, Fun, Fun.
Carole in JAX

#11 10 July 2011 03:40:11

ladypacman

Re: how to get to ecuador cheaply??? so expensive compare to costa rica

I just want to thank everyone for the great information.  I've also been looking at ticket prices and getting sticker shock.  It's really great of you all to respond with such detailed information.  Thank you !!

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