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Bolivia Airfare - Tips On Finding Cheap Bolivia Flights
Your Bolivia airfare will probably be the single most expensive item in your travel budget, and it's worth taking some time to search around to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
Since it is such a big expense, you can save a huge chunk of money by making sure you find the cheapest Bolivia flight possible. To find the best Bolivia airfare, it all depends where you come from, which airport you fly into and what time of the year you go.
For example flying into La Paz may sometimes be a little more expensive than flying into Sana Cruz, though it can change sometimes. Some travelers sometimes take flights into neighboring countries such as Lima, (Peru), Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina) or the main cities in Brazil, and then fly on discounted local airlines or take a bus over. It is always a good idea to compare and research all alternatives, that is if finding the cheapest flight is your main goal.
When you search Bolivia airfare it usually benefits you to look a few months ahead before your trip to Bolivia. It can be hard to find deals at the last minute, though many travelers have been lucky before by finding last minute airfare deals.
Flight prices seem consistent year around, except during the Christmas/New Year period which is of course very busy. It is very tough to find cheap Bolivia airfare during that time. If you have to fly around that time book the flight early.
Also, airlines usually raise the price for weekend flights, so flying during a week will usually save you money. If your looking for the cheapest flight possible it is worth your time to do some research on all flight options.
Buying Tickets Online
Buying tickets online has become the easiest way of purchasing airline tickets and is more often going to be the cheapest way of buying tickets compared to going through a travel agency. There are many websites out there that can help you search for the cheapest flight to Bolivia.
Many websites specialize in searching discounted tickets, the best are Priceline and Kayak that search the numerous airlines and brings you back results of the lowest flight to Bolivia on the different airlines.
Another option is going to the airlines website directly and sometimes you might actually find by booking directly through the airline's website may be cheaper than going through the websites that specialize in discounted tickets because they sometimes have additional fees.
Getting There by AirFrom the U.S. and Canada
From the U.S. American Airlines leaves from Miami and they stop in La Paz to drop off/pick up passengers and then to Santa Cruz to drop off/pick up passengers and back to Miami again. These flights are daily. Aerosur now offers direct flights from Miami and Santa Cruz.
From the U.K. and Europe
From the U.K. there are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to Bolivia at this time. But there are a couple of options. U.K. travelers can take American Airlines direct flight from London to Miami, and then Miami to La Paz direct flight. Another option would be to take TAM airlines from London to Sao Paulo, Brazil and then to Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
There are also several direct flights between Spain and Santa Cruz every week, on both Aerosur and other European airlines.
From Australia the easiest way to to get to Bolivia is take Aerolineas Argentinas. They fly from Sydney to Buenos Aires. From Buenos Aires, Aerolineas Argentinas offers daily flights to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Another option, but long is take Qantas Airlines from Australia to Los Angeles. Then Los Angeles to Miami and Miami to Bolivia.
From Within South America
There are flights to Bolivia from most of the main cities and capitals of other South American countries.
Airports In Bolivia
La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba are Bolivia's only International Airports. There are also airports in Sucre, Tarija, Potosi, Puerto Suárez and other larger cities or towns in Bolivia. Also, there are several hundred landing strips throughout Bolivia in remote places.
When leaving Bolivia from the airport, there is an airport departure tax of $25 for international flights and 15Bs ($2)for domestic flights.
La Paz, Bolivia
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Airlines In BoliviaAerosur is an airline based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. They operate domestic flights and some international flights, as well as charter services. It offers direct flights from Miami to Santa Cruz. Aerosur flies about 4 times a week to and from Miami.
Amaszonas Airlines is a small Bolivia airline that provides service on local or charter flights on small aircrafts. They fly to hard to reach places in the Amazon Basin with small landing strips, as wells as the main cities.
Boliviana de Aviación (BOA) is a newer airline that is run by the Bolivian government. Currently they only fly domestic routes to the major cities in Bolivia. They claim they will be offering flights 10% lower than other Bolivian airlines to some destinations. Routes are La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
Transportes Aero Militar is the military airline of Bolivia that also takes civilians on small aircrafts to hard to reach places and the main cities. You can find good deals where a one-way ticket will cost around $50.
Líneas Aéreas Canedo is a small airline in Bolivia that operates flights from its main base in Cochabamba, Bolivia. They fly to the following Bolivian cities; Potosí, Oruro, La Paz, Uyuni, Trinidad, Santa Ana, Puerto Suárez, and other Bolivian destinations, carrying passengers, cargo, mail and parcel. They use the following aircrafts; Douglas DC-3, C-47 and AeroCommander 680S aircrafts.
Lloyd Aero Boliviano also called LAB Airlines, is a Bolivian airline and was once Bolivia's largest airline. As of April 2007, services were mostly suspended by the Bolivian government due to financial problems. It is unknown when or if they will continue operations.
Other Airlines That Service Bolivia
American Airlines is an airline based out of the United States. They fly to and from Bolivia daily. The flights leave from Miami and they stop in La Paz to drop off/pick up passengers and then to Santa Cruz to drop off/pick up passengers and back to Miami again.
TAM Airlines is the largest Brazilian airline, based in São Paulo. There are flights from São Paulo to Santa Cruz.
GOL Airlines is an airline based out of São Paulo, Brazil. Gol is the second largest airline in Brazil. They offer many connections between Brazil and Santa Cruz.
Aerolíneas Argentinas is Argentina's largest domestic and international airline based out of Buenos Aires. There is a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz.
LAN Chile Airlines is based in Santiago, Chile. They fly all over South America and offer connections to La Paz and Santa Cruz.
TACA Airlines has hubs in Central and South America. The route structure centers on three hubs: one in Costa Rica, which facilitates connections to South America; one in San Salvador, which facilitates connections to Mexico, the United States, and Europe; and the third in Lima, Peru, which facilitates connecting flights to major cities in South America. TACA has numerous direct routes that go to and from La Paz or Santa Cruz.
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