Flyers looking to excite their Thanksgiving Day plans may want to consider booking a flight to Guatemala. Several origin cities to the Central American nation are on sale for under $600, giving plenty of opportunities to see a historic region and earn elite qualifying miles aboard SkyTeam partners.
If you are looking for a holiday getaway beyond the traditional Thanksgiving family visit, Aeromexico may have the perfect deal. Spotted by jfkeze on the FlyerTalk forums, travelers are discovering flights from the United States to Guatemala for under $600 round-trip in business class.
The premium cabin airfare price depends on where you are flying from. As of press time, flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Guatemala were on sale for $518; flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Guatemala priced at $570; and flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Guatemala were as low as $520 round trip. Other sub-$600 fares were available from Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle.
In addition to being a warm destination in the middle of fall, this particular fare also has significance for Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles loyalists who want to re-qualify for Medallion elite status in 2020. As an example, jfkeze points out a round-trip from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Guatemala could net up to 10,984 redeemable miles, 8,238 Medallion Qualifying Miles and 2,196 Medallion Qualifying Dollars.
If you’re planning to spend your Thanksgiving Day vacation in Guatemala, you won’t be short of activities. FlyerTalker ChiefNWA spent part of February 2019 in the nation, electing to stay in Antigua. They noted that good food and low costs of everything were plentiful. Their hotel cost around $25 per night, while a meal of wood-fired chicken, potatoes and salad ran only $3. And no trip to Antigua is complete without a view from Cerro de la Cruz, or Hill of the Cross.
“Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) offers a great view of Antigua,” writes ChiefNWA. “The landscape is dominated by Volcán de Agua, towering 12,340 feet above sea level. It hasn’t erupted for tens of thousands of years, but that’s not the case for other nearby volcanoes.”
A word of caution before you travel: the Centers for Disease Control notes flyers should be up-to-date with their vaccines and may want to consider additional ones before flight.
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