Lack of dollars: Aerolineas Argentinas limited the sale of tickets in pesos for trips that start outside the country

Aerolineas Argentinas limited the sale of tickets in pesos for trips that start outside the country. (EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni)

Argentinian airlines limited the issuance of air tickets from Argentina for all tickets that do not start the flight itinerary in the country.

From now on, it will not be possible to buy air tickets in Argentina that take off abroad in the cheapest classes; can only be done by buying the most expensive categoriesdetailed from the flag carrier.

“We began to perceive a increase in the issuance of tickets with an itinerary beginning abroad but whose purchase was made in Argentinawith Argentine credit cards at the values ​​established by local regulations (tourist dollar). In this way, was decreasing the issuance of tickets abroad, the main source of foreign exchange for the company”, they explained to Infobae Aerolineas Argentinas sources.

Passengers and employees of the Ezeiza Airport protect themselves with face masks.  EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/File
Passengers and employees of the Ezeiza Airport protect themselves with face masks. EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/File

Industry sources commented that this kind of “maneuvers” are usually carried out by Argentines who live outside the country, and who buy tickets in Argentina through family or friends, to pay them in pesos instead of disbursing foreign currency.

“For this reason, we have decided to limit this type of emissions only to the highest ratesin order to encourage the passenger who begins his itinerary abroad, to carry out as usual, the purchase of your ticket at your place of origin, from where you can access all the available fare inventory by the company”, said the sources of the airline company.

Industry sources explained to Infobae that airlines have different fare categories for their seats, whether they are of one class or the other. This division is made by assigning a letter to each rate, where “Y” is the most expensive for economy class and “J” is for business class..

Whether a seat is sold at one rate or another depends in part on the relationship between supply and demand. The sources explained that the planes are put up for sale with a series of letters assigned to their seats, if the demand for that flight is high, the cheapest letters will be removed, leaving only the highest fares.

Or for example, when a flight will be put up for sale and it is already known in advance, based on past market experiences, that it will be highly demanded, it is already published with rates for the most expensive categories.

“The issuance of tickets abroad, the main source of foreign exchange for the company, was decreasing” (Aerolineas Argentinas)

In addition, the letters correspond to the benefits of each category, in relation to the amount of luggage that can be carried on the plane and the possibilities of changing the day of the flight without penalties.

These fare categories are pre-established by each airline and sometimes the most expensive of a class (for example the “Y” of Economy) has the same service benefits as the second of the same class (in Economy it is the “B”) , however the letter, also known as Yankee, represents a higher fee.

And it is precisely these categories, the most expensive of each class, “Y” in Economy and “J” in Executive, which will be available to buy from Argentina for flights that start their itinerary abroad.

Travelers who want to fly to Argentina through the flag carrier must pay the most expensive rates of each class, if they ask someone to make the purchase from the country, or pay the standard rates from abroad using dollars. or other international currency.

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