Winter is coming up north.
And expats are on the move.
In fact, most expats in Ecuador like the freedom of flying on one-way tickets. You know, not being locked into a return date. I know I do.
Even though on the government sites it says you need a round trip ticket to enter Ecuador, I’ve flown here various times on one way tickets and have been stamped right in, no problem. Sometimes it depends on the airline and departure point so best to inquire first. But on the Ecuador side, Ecuador immigration doesn’t seem to care much.
For this coming December (2013)-January (2014) most round trip air tickets from the USA to Ecuador are running around $600-800. You might as well rent a passenger jet for this exorbitant price.
But the dilemma is most one-way tickets are generally about the same price as the round trips if searched through the major travel sites and airlines.
After extensive research I did for an upcoming trip back home to the USA, the cheapest one-way ticket I’m finding this upcoming holiday season is to fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL) to Panama City (PTY) for $78 (all taxes and fees included) with Spirit Airlines purchased directly through their site spirit.com (in early January).
Then from Panama City (PTY) to Quito (UIO) there is a Tame flight for $244 found doing a search on Kayak.com (Also that second week of January) .
Even directly in the Tame offices here in Ecuador they are quoting prices higher than what’s offered by Tame through Kayak.
Total Miami to Quito with all taxes and fees included = $244 + $78 = $322.
And buying the one way fare going back comes out to about the same. If you try and it comes out higher play with the dates, know the days and weeks around Christmas and New Year prices on travel always jump.
So how much did you pay for your air ticket to Ecuador?
Did you beat my find, where’d you buy your tickets? Offline, online (which website and for what dates)?
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