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justin1123 May 16, 18 7:15 am

Argentina POS and resident only fares
 
Can anyone confirm the latest situation with LATAM Argentina and resident only fares?

I know in the past non-residents could only buy the most expensive fares, from foreign POS. I have heard this has now been relaxed but can't find any confirmation of this! Selecting Argentina as POS on the website, I am looking at buying some low cost A and N class fares from AEP to SLA and IGR, the terms do not appear to make mention of a residents only restriction. Will this be OK for non-residents?

iahphx Jul 8, 18 7:17 am

Are resident-only fares going away with this new move by the Argentine gov't to deregulate domestic airfares?

https://airlinegeeks.com/2018/07/04/...mestic-market/

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to the airline industry in Argentina. Ridiculously high airfares for foreigners has been frustrating to visitors for years (something I forgot to mention when I was recently asked "what's uniquely annoying about travelling in Argentina"). Lower fares -- especially ones that aren't restricted to residents -- would be most welcome. I've gotten around this problem by redeeming for award seats on LATAM, usually through the BA Avios program, but LATAM has gotten stingier with allocating award seats so my flight choices are often limited. Being able to buy non-discriminatory published domestic airfares would be great. But I do suspect that the flying experience in Argentina will get worse as it gets cheaper. In Chile, unregulated domestic airfares are now very cheap. but the service is pretty poor: it's been a race-to-the-bottom in seat comfort as everyone (including LATAM) has tried to cram as many seats as possible onto their aircraft.

SPiKA85 Jul 11, 18 10:53 am

It's been a while that we no longer have resident only fares...

iahphx Jul 11, 18 11:53 am


Originally Posted by SPiKA85 (Post 29962469)
It's been a while that we no longer have resident only fares...

So anyone can buy any fare sold on an Argentine airline website?

craigthemif Jul 12, 18 6:28 am


Originally Posted by iahphx (Post 29962698)
So anyone can buy any fare sold on an Argentine airline website?

There are still resident-only fares.

Anybody can BUY the resident-only fares. When you check-in you might have to pay a fine (greater than the fare difference) if you can't show local ID.

iahphx Jul 12, 18 9:59 am


Originally Posted by craigthemif (Post 29965396)
There are still resident-only fares.

Anybody can BUY the resident-only fares. When you check-in you might have to pay a fine (greater than the fare difference) if you can't show local ID.

Thanks for clearing up the apparent misinformation posted above. Any idea whether that will change with the new reforms?

SPiKA85 Jul 25, 18 11:56 am

In the past, in the case of non-residents, you had to book Q Class or higher on Aerolineas Argentinas, and Y/K/V Classes on LATAM.
Now you can book in any class with no problems.
Actually I'm a travel agent in Argentina, and sold hundred of domestic tickets to foreigners and never heard of someone having to pay a fine.

iahphx Jul 25, 18 7:01 pm


Originally Posted by SPiKA85 (Post 30012186)
In the past, in the case of non-residents, you had to book Q Class or higher on Aerolineas Argentinas, and Y/K/V Classes on LATAM.
Now you can book in any class with no problems.
Actually I'm a travel agent in Argentina, and sold hundred of domestic tickets to foreigners and never heard of someone having to pay a fine.

This question seems trickier than it should be. So are resident-only fares now completely a thing of the past in Argentina? This obviously would make intra-Argentina travel much easier and cheaper for foreigners. It's a big deal because Argentina has some world class destinations beyond Buenos Aires, like Patagonia and Iguazu.

SPiKA85 Jul 26, 18 7:53 am

Not sure about the specific laws/regulations, but about 2 years ago, when you made a reservation in Sabre on the lowest fare, you got a message on the pnr saying: "NONREF/VALIDO PARA RESIDENTES/EN ARGENTINA"
Now you don't get that message on any fare/class... and as I've said, never heard of anyone getting a fine.
And yes! we have lots of beautiful destinations.


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