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    Thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else.

    Upcoming holiday with Mrs PL involves 3 internal flights with an international airline.

    Price on Expedia $1300 for both of us
    Price on UK and USA website $1250 (due to a promo)
    Price on local country website $600 (ie main site but with local country selected)
    Price if you phone local number $400!!!

    That's a heck of a discount for speaking spanish! Airline is Lan if anyone's interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    Thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else.

    Upcoming holiday with Mrs PL involves 3 internal flights with an international airline.

    Price on Expedia $1300 for both of us
    Price on UK and USA website $1250 (due to a promo)
    Price on local country website $600 (ie main site but with local country selected)
    Price if you phone local number $400!!!

    That's a heck of a discount for speaking spanish! Airline is Lan if anyone's interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    Thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else.

    Upcoming holiday with Mrs PL involves 3 internal flights with an international airline.

    Price on Expedia $1300 for both of us
    Price on UK and USA website $1250 (due to a promo)
    Price on local country website $600 (ie main site but with local country selected)
    Price if you phone local number $400!!!

    That's a heck of a discount for speaking spanish! Airline is Lan if anyone's interested.
    Just be really sure that it's not a discount for being Chilean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    Thought I'd share this in case it helps someone else.

    Upcoming holiday with Mrs PL involves 3 internal flights with an international airline.

    Price on Expedia $1300 for both of us
    Price on UK and USA website $1250 (due to a promo)
    Price on local country website $600 (ie main site but with local country selected)
    Price if you phone local number $400!!!

    That's a heck of a discount for speaking spanish! Airline is Lan if anyone's interested.
    IMHO t'internet isn't very good pricewise for booking flights, hotels or holidays. I've gone back to using a travel agent after an initial web search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by expat View Post
    Just be really sure that it's not a discount for being Chilean!
    Peruvian (in this case)

    Nope, booked with UK passports over the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    Peruvian (in this case)

    Nope, booked with UK passports over the phone.
    Sorry, made an assumption based on airline.

    I do know that Peru encourages lower prices for locals, officially I mean, as well as unofficially of course. Or at least it did 20-odd years ago. I knew a blonde-haired Anglo-Peruvian woman who had fun all the time: ¡si, soy Peruana! and always had to show her ID. Not that they were prejudiced against gringos.

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    LAN are big on this, as I have found out on several trips round S America. Some you can't get out of (such as going to the Galapagos) but on the whole it pays to books local. FOr me the biggest difference was in Argentina, when a trip down south was only 50USD when booked internally vs several hundred when booked externally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickNick View Post
    LAN are big on this, as I have found out on several trips round S America. Some you can't get out of (such as going to the Galapagos) but on the whole it pays to books local. FOr me the biggest difference was in Argentina, when a trip down south was only 50USD when booked internally vs several hundred when booked externally.

    Where are you off to in Peru then?
    Arequipa and Puno plus a bit of time knocking about Lima.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondlife View Post
    Arequipa and Puno plus a bit of time knocking about Lima.
    Arequipa is nice in a backpackery hanging around type of way. Do the canyon ( Colca ? ) thing as we CBA and regretted it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootsnall View Post
    Arequipa is nice in a backpackery hanging around type of way. Do the canyon ( Colca ? ) thing as we CBA and regretted it.
    Aye, the Mrs has sussed the tours already. It's an overnight trip but well worth it apparently.

    We did the Cuzco/Machu Pichu thing a few years back and had a cracking time.

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