Day 0: Introduction: My Quest for Machu Picchu and why I chose Mexicana + Avianca + LAN Peru
In 2008 I booked a $236 r/t Avianca ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Cusco, Peru (CUZ) that I planned to use in October 2008. For years I had dreamed of visiting Machu Picchu and this seemed like the golden opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict prohibited me from taking the trip, but I promised myself that I would find a way to make it down to Peru on another occasion.
That occasion arose when Mexicana filed a $318 r/t from LAX to Bogota, Colombia (BOG) in Business Class. Now with tickets to Bogota, I only had to find a way down to Cusco. Surprisingly, I was able to use the residual value of my Avianca ticket from last year toward my ticket to Cusco. Although I still had to pay over $400 for the Economy ticket, I bit the bullet and finalized the booking. The total cost for airfare would be nearly $500 more than I could have gone to Cusco for last year, but at least I would get four international flights in Business Class.
My final airline routing:
LAX-MEX-BOG on Mexicana
BOG-LIM on Avianca
LIM-CUZ-LIM on LAN Peru
LIM-BOG on Avianca
BOG-MEX-LAX on Mexicana