He will travel to the Falls and the price he paid made him go viral: how he got the airfare for $2 and a 5-star hotel for $8,000

He goes on a trip to the missionary city of Iguazú and paid $2 for the air, round trip

Adrián is 54 years old, he is a public accountant and a true fan of travel. He is always on the lookout for airline promotions, discounts with miles, opportunities to redeem accumulated points on credit cards, bank financing and everything that allows a trip to be made in a “low cost” way.

In times when a trip from Buenos Aires to the missionary city of Iguazú costs -on average- about $40,000 round trip, Adrián surprised Twitter users by saying that he had planned a trip to that destination for which he paid $1 peso each way.

“Welcome to September. Who is going on a trip this month and where?”tweeted the account @quiz_viajero, which was quickly filled with different national and international experiences, among which it caught the attention of @adrianratam.

“Falls, flight achieved at 2 pesos”, Adrián answered next to the capture of the purchase of the ticket where the ridiculous price paid to fly between September 23 and 26 of this year by Jet Smart could be observed.

He bought the ticket in 2019 thanks to a Jet Smart super promotion and had to reschedule it three times due to the pandemic
He bought the ticket in 2019 thanks to a Jet Smart super promotion and had to reschedule it three times due to the pandemic

When most users thought it could be an airline system error, Adrián explained that he took advantage of a promotion, got the ticket before the pandemic and then had to reschedule it three times.

“I bought in 2019, when the government still allowed low cost companies to sell tickets for $1, with taxes included, with the particularity that the duration of the trip was 4 months. I mean, I got that rate to leave on August 3 and come back on November 21.” Adrian told Infobae by referring to the so-called “fine print” of the contract.

Since it was not in his plans to take such an extensive break, he began to find out how to connect with flights in the opposite direction and thus travel twice. The mission was to get a lap in August and a go in November. As much as he had to pay those two extra installments, the total price was still super convenient. “At that time, the first Previaje was in force, which returned 50%, the discount from my bank and the possibility of financing it in 18 installments. It was a gift anyway,” he explained.

However, it was not necessary because a few weeks later the schedules to and from Iguazú were modified and Adrián chose to change the date: from March 21 to 23, 2020. “Nothing was known yet about the March 23 bridge holiday, and when it was published, I really had the round trip. But then COVID-19 and everything we already know would come,” recalled Adrián, who was unable to travel due to the closure of borders and rescheduled it to fly between December 4 and 12, 2021.

Unlike many travelers affected by the pandemic, Adrián was able to reschedule three times without paying a penalty or fare difference.
Unlike many travelers affected by the pandemic, Adrián was able to reschedule three times without paying a penalty or fare difference.

Finally, that trip could not be done either due to personal reasons and he took advantage of the airline’s flexible change policy to submit the ticket without penalty or extra charges by September 2022.

The incredible thing is that there were many people who went through a situation like Adrián’s and didn’t have as many possibilities for change as he did. Some directly lost the paid flights and others had to pay exorbitant amounts for changing the date since they had to pay the difference in the value of the ticket at the time of the flight.

“Today it is impossible to access a promotion of this type, but there are other options that you can access to lower costs, such as buying a gift card in installments, subscribing to discount clubs or joining mileage plans to receive gift miles. . The choice of airline is also essential. You always have to look for those that have flexibility for changes, which are a minority”, Advised Adrián, who from the blog ratworld.com tell how these experiences turn out for you. “Pay like a rat but fly with class”.

Adrián will travel to Iguazú the weekend of September 23-26
Adrián will travel to Iguazú the weekend of September 23-26

Once he arrives in Iguazú, Adrián will stay at the Gran Meliá Iguazú, inside the National Park, which overlooks the Falls. As happened with the air, he managed to pay less than $8 thousand a night in that 5-star complex.

How do i do it? She explained it this way: “When I booked, the hotel was closed due to the pandemic and had an opening offer with a very convenient rate. Add to that that I have a Gold category in the Meliá chain and they gave me a 20% discount on admission. Then, I applied the Previaje and paid it with my bank’s credit card in 18 interest-free installments. Interestingly, that purchase included $50 credit to spend at the hotel. The thing is, I ended up paying $7,866 instead of the $24,532 listed on the website. The most incredible thing is that today that fee is part of the $140,000”.

Another benefit of staying there was that had to pay “one time only” the $1,200 for access to the Iguazú National Parkunlike any tourist who must pay that amount for each day they want to visit the Falls. In general, the complete excursion consumes three days: the first is the Devil’s Throat, the second the lower circuit and the third the upper circuit.

“Hotel memberships are a good option because otherwise accommodation and airport transfers become priceless and more so if you travel frequently”clarified.

Thanks to the gadgets that Adrián made, he ended up paying less than $8 thousand for a stay that cost almost $24,500 thousand.  Today, the night does not fall below $140 thousand in the same hotel
Thanks to the gadgets that Adrián made, he ended up paying less than $8 thousand for a stay that cost almost $24,500 thousand. Today, the night does not fall below $140 thousand in the same hotel

Obtaining these offers is not for any traveler since there are very few who have the tools that offer as many bonuses as those that Adrián accesses. However, he shares tips from his Twitter and his Instagram so that others can imitate him.

He started 5 years ago commenting on the social networks of travelers and since he began to like the subject, he created a Twitter account to report on the promotions he found. She then decided to transfer all that content to a blog to organize it by theme. “My strength is analyzing the miles, points and opportunities offered by the programs rewards to notify travelers when it is more convenient to buy a ticket and in what way”.

“I recently discovered how to issue domestic Aerolineas Argentinas flights at half price. Nothing strange, I only identified that the day after the last of the almanac, was the only one in which they put a promotional rate, the cheapest. The rest of the year it costs twice as much.remarked Adrián, who bought to fly to Ushuaia for the long holiday of Carnival 2023 for $6,803. “Getting ahead is another of the best ways to pay cheaply,” he concluded.

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