Avianca to equalize Peruvian fares to Cusco and other domestic routes

Avianca to equalize Peruvian fares to Cusco and other domestic routes

AVIANCA Airline says that starting Monday it will make its Super Promo and Econo rates for domestic routes available again to foreign tourists after nearly a decade of making them pay more than Peruvians.

The decision comes a little more than a month after LATAM Airline announced it was dropping a similar discriminatory fare policy.

Avianca said in an email to travel agencies that its fare restriction will still apply to foreign/non-resident passengers with tickets issued before February 5, 2018.

It was in 2008 that LATAM, then known as LAN, implemented its Peruvian Residents ONLY policy, barring foreign tourists from purchasing coach tickets at the normal base fares. AVIANCA followed suit soon after.

Both airlines faced ever-increasing competition from other airlines that did not make foreign tourists pay more to fly from Lima to Cusco and other destinations.

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Dar Adal at 3:28 pm

    Hello

    Can you please confirm that this is true? I contacted Avianca Peru, and they said that there are still different types of tickets for residents of Peru and tourists.
    I would really appreciate some help on this question.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Rick Vecchio at 4:07 pm

    Hi Dar,

    I can’t speak to specific promotions the airline might direct to the local Peruvian market, but in answer to your question, I asked one of our agents, and she checked with our Avianca rep… With respect to the economy Super Promo and Econo fares, those rate classes are no longer for Peruvians only. Foreign tourists can avail themselves of those fares too.

  3. Lam at 3:46 am

    Hello Rick,

    Thank you for the information.
    I actually used Avianca’s online support to ask this question (for a flight from Lima to Cusco), and I always have different answers: Some say that I can purchase Econo Fare (from the european site as I’m from France) and others told me I can’t and that it is only for Peruvian 🙁 Do you know where I can find this information on their website or in an official communication? Thanks a lot!

  4. Rick Vecchio at 1:37 pm

    Hello Lam,

    My apologies for the delay in replying.

    We had a meeting with our Avianca Rep yesterday and discussed this very issue, which much to our chagrin remains an issue.

    To repeat what I wrote to another traveler on a related post, if you book the tickets through an IATA travel agency in Peru, the Super Promo and Econo fares are available to foreign tourists.

    Very few of our clients are purchasing those tickets, however, because of the extreme limitations. For most part, the tickets are nonrefundable and you can’t make date changes. Avianca, at least, allows one piece of checked luggage (up to 23 kilograms) included in the economy rate. LATAM makes you pay $17 extra at the time of booking or $25 when checking in at the airport.

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