Business Class Fare – TACA: San Francisco / Los Angeles – Lima, Peru. $999. (Free Stopover in Bogota, El Salvador, or Quito). Roundtrip, including all Taxes

At the moment, the cheapest coach fare is $699 from San Francisco / Los Angeles to Lima. While TACA’s business class seat is similar to domestic first class (e.g., you will get more legroom, 2×2 seating and that’s about it), this is a good deal in a better seat to Lima for approximately $300 more. In addition, business class will entitle you to premium checkin, lounge access and more miles.

If you want a lie-flat business class experience, the only option is LAN and that’s about twice as much as this. Most business class fares allows for stopovers — this fare allows for one. We are going to do our standard deal sheet and then show a stopover.

(And yes, we are trying to do some business class deals. You asked, we try to accommodate. We are working on a set of criteria for what is a good business class deal. Like our feature The Shorthaul, do not expect this to be a regular feature. Let us know your thoughts)

Lima, Peru Photo: ydnammmm, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Lima, Peru Photo: ydnammmm, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Los Angeels
  • September 3rd – 10th

Fare Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • D


  • 1 Stopover for free


  • LAX – SAL (El Salvador) – LIM (Lima) – SAL – LAX


  • 8,516 miles or 11.7 cents per mile. TACA is a member of the Star Alliance and partners with United and US Airways. This fare will earn 100% mileage with either United or US Airways. Provide the checkin agent with your United or US Airways number to receive credit.



Stopover Example:

We had challenges in doing a stopover on the outbound, but managed to get one to work on the inbound. TACA is part of the Avianca airline group — you can have a stopover in numerous cities – we have made it work with Bogota, El Salvador and Quito.  There are no easy ways to search for stopovers — it’s all manually testing different date combinations.

Using Hipmunk’s multi-city functionality, here’s what we found as a stopover in Bogota.

  • Outbound:
    • September 3rd: LAX – SAL (El Salvaldor) – LIM (Lima). Lima is the destination
  • Stopover:
    • September 6th: LIM – BOG (Bogota). We used Bogota as the stopover on the return.
  • Return:
    • September 10th: BOG – SAL – LAX


As you can see, the price is about $60 more than without a stopover. That $60 can be attributed to taxes and fees for entering Colombia.

How to Book:

  • Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on TACA.COM for regular roundtrip. We used Hipmunk to price out stopover as when we do it on TACA, it kept resulting back a coach even when we selected business class. Hipmunk will most likely direct you to Priceline.

Background Information:


  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Peruvian Nuveo Sol (PEN) $1USD = 2.7 PEN


  • Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP) $1USD = 1,880 COP

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