South America offers a wealth of destinations to visit. From Argentina, to Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, or Peru, you’ll find endless natural wonders as well as rich cultures to experience.
To keep transportation costs down, travelers have visited this vast and wonderful continent for less with the aid of an Air Pass. But as of October 31, 2014 the Air Pass changed. Now a South America Airpass is only available as part of a package purchased through tour operators who package it with hotels, tours, and other services.
Airpass Still Offers Savings
Various South American Airpasses still offer savings to travelers but have to be purchased through an agent. For instance, the GOL South American pass lets you travel inside South America on any GOL Airlines flight starting at $629 plus tax for four flights. Along with the GOL Airpass, others include:
The downside to the new restrictions is that the Airpass can no longer be purchased as a standalone product that allows people to make their own travel arrangements. So it takes a little more work to find the lowest available regular fares for air travel inside South America.
South America offers a lot to see in every country but in some countries the poor infrastructure and mountainous roads make travel by ground time consuming. Most of us don’t want to spend a day or two riding a bus to get to our next destination, so for those traveling on a strict budget, who want to get the most bang for their buck, finding an operator to help arrange your itinerary along with an airpass is the way to go.
The savings can add up, and you’ll free up your time so you can spend it the way you want: experiencing South America. While things have changed, the airpass is still an efficient alternative, if you can find the right agent to help set up your travel arrangements.