We sell scheduled economy, business and first class fares from the UK to all Latin American destinations. These are special discounted fares for tour operators and we are not permitted to sell them without land arrangements. Prices, frequencies and restrictions vary so we suggest you contact us to check availability and the latest offers.
We do not sell flights on their own.
Many national airlines and alliances operate an air pass system, which can offer considerable savings compared to the cost of individual flights. All must be bought before travel, outside the country, usually in conjunction with international flights - most airlines require international flights by them, an alliance partner, or your national carrier.
These are the principal airlines serving Latin America from Europe:
- Aerolineas Argentinas (AR)
Although Aerolineas do not offer a convenient service from the UK (routing via Madrid or Rome), domestically they cover much of Argentina and also have connections to neighbouring countries. They offer Economy and Business (Club Cóndor, with 180-degree reclining seats) classes and are a Skyteam alliance member.
- AeroMexico (AM)
AeroMexico fly overnight to Mexico City and have connecting flights to a large number of other cities in Mexico. AeroMexico is a Skyteam alliance member and has 180-degree reclining seats in Business class.
- Air Europa (UX)
Air Europa is the second-largest Spanish airline and is a member of the Skyteam alliance. Their network to Latin America (via Madrid) is expanding and they have some excellent value fares. The network includes Buenos Aires (Argentina), Caracas (Venezuela), Havana (Cuba), Lima (Peru), Mexico City, Montevideo (Uruguay), Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Asuncion (Paraguay) and Santa Cruz (Bolivia). Business class (Business Club) is offered on certain routes, with 180-degree reclining seats.
- Air France (AF)
A good choice of airline for flights from regional airports in the UK with a change of plane at Charles de Gaulle, Paris. Air France is a Skyteam alliance member and is combinable with KLM. They offer Economy Premium Economy, Business (with 180-degree reclining seats) and First (La Première, with flat beds) classes.
- American Airlines (AA)
Routing via Miami, where plenty of time must be allowed for connections and a visa waiver must be obtained in advance of travel. American Airlines is a Oneworld alliance member.
- British Airways (BA)
British Airways have a good reputation for service and they offer cost-effective direct routes to Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio, Cancun, Mexico City, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Lima. They offer three levels of service – Economy, Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) and Business (Club World, with flat beds). They are a Oneworld alliance member and are owned by IAG (owners of Iberia). See more airline-provided information »
- Caribbean Airlines (BW)
Caribbean Airlines offer flights from London Gatwick to Trinidad with onward connections to Paramaribo in Suriname and Georgetown in Guyana. A stopover in Trinidad is permitted in each direction. Business class has flat beds.
- Iberia Airlines (IB)
Although Iberia do not always offer the best service, their network covers much of Latin America (via Madrid), and their fares are very competitive, especially in Business class (which has flat beds). They also have some of the shortest journey times. They are a oneworld alliance member and are owned by IAG (owners of British Airways).
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL)
A good choice of airline for flights from regional airports in the UK with a change of plane in Amsterdam. KLM is a Skyteam alliance member and combinable with Air France. They offer Economy and Business classes (with lie flat beds) and Premium Economy seats are possible at extra charge.
- LAN (LA)
Offering an excellent service (in economy and business class – with lie flat beds) to a number of destinations in South America (via Madrid) as well as domestic connections. They also offer an airpass, with more favourable rates if also flying internationally, as well as some regional connections possible in premium economy or business class. Flights from Easter Island continue to Papeete for those doing a round the world journey. LAN is a Oneworld alliance member.
- TAM Brazilian Airlines (JJ)
Offering an excellent service to a number of destinations in South America (via Sao Paulo) and domestic connections. They also offer an airpass, with more favourable rates if also flying internationally. TAM offer three levels of service internationally – Economy, Business (with 180-degree reclining seats) and First (with lie flat beds).
- TAP Air Portugal (TP)
A good option for those focussing on north-east Brazil (Salvador, Natal, Fortaleza and Recife), with flights through Lisbon. In Brazil Air Portugal also flies to Brasilia and Porto Alegre (apart from Rio and São Paulo). Business class has 180-degree reclining seats.
- United Airlines (UA)
A good choice of airline for flights from regional airports in the UK. Flights route via Houston (where you do not need to go through customs, but do go through immigration) or Newark. Excellent onward connections to Mexico and Central America and also a few to South America. A visa waiver must be obtained in advance of travel. Premium Economy (Economy plus) seats offering up to 5 inches of additional legroom are possible at extra charge when choosing seats or at check-in (subject to availability).
- Virgin Atlantic (VS)
Offering three levels of service to Havana, Cuba and Cancún, Mexico - Economy, Premium Economy (with on average an additional 7 inches of legroom) and Business (Upper Class with flat beds) from London Gatwick.
These are the principal air passes available for Latin America:
- Gol Brazil Air Pass
Air pass for travel within Brazil, on routes operated by Gol. Valid for non-residents of South America who are holders of an international ticket arriving into Brazil. There is also a Gol North-east Air Pass for those only visiting north-east Brazil.
- Gol Mercosul Air Pass
Air pass for travel within South America, on routes operated by Gol. Valid for non-residents of South America who are holders of a return international ticket arriving into Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and/or Uruguay.
- LAN South America Airpass
Air pass for passengers residing outside South America, for travel within South America on LAN and who arrive into or depart from South America with all carriers except TAP, TACA, Avianca, Air Europa, Aerolineas, Copa, Delta, SBA, Spirit, Aerogal, Air France, KLM and Condor. The pass is available at a lower rate for passengers arriving with LAN or Iberia.
- Mercosur Air Pass
This was a useful air pass covering most southern Latin American countries but is no longer a realistic option for most itineraries. A TAM South America Air Pass or a LAN South America Air Pass are better alternatives.
- One World Visit South America Airpass
Allows for travel within South America on certain airlines as long as your intercontinental ticket is booked with a member of the One World Alliance. A minimum purchase of three sectors is required with no maximum limit. Fares are calculated based on the mileage flown on all segments. The LAN South America Airpass works out at better value for money.
- TAM Brazil Airpass
Air pass for passengers residing outside of South America who wish to travel within Brazil on routes operated by TAM. Fares are calculated based on the number of destinations within Brazil and should not exceed the maximum of nine destinations/stopovers. There is no minimum amount of sectors but for one to four coupons there is one fixed price so savings can generally be made for four or more segments. The pass is available at a lower rate for passengers arriving to Brazil with TAM airlines.
- TAM South America Airpass
Air pass for passengers residing outside of South America who wish to travel to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Fares are calculated based on the mileage flown on all segments, covering a minimum of two countries and a maximum of five countries, and should not exceed the maximum of eight coupons. The pass is available at a lower rate for passengers arriving to South America with TAM airlines.
- Visit Argentina Air Pass
Air pass for travel within Argentina, on routes operated by Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral. Valid for non-residents of Argentina who are holders of an international return ticket to Argentina. For passengers with an international one way or return ticket to Argentina with Aerolineas Argentinas the can be sold and issued in any country, Argentina included. Air passes must be issued within seven days of making a reservation and only in conjunction with issued international tickets which does make the pass less flexible.