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1. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 7y

StephanieH has indicated that this thread is about Argentina

The domestic airline Aerolineas Argentinas charges almost the double fare for foreigners than for Argentinian nationals if you book in advance. Is it the double price, too, if you book a domestic flight as a visitor when you are already there?

Are the domestic flights always fully booked long time in advance?

Did the domestic airline Austral merge with Aerolineas Argentinas?

I've read there are other domestic airlines (like Dinar for example) but can't find a webpage.

2. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 7y

If you go on
http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/home.asp

and chose the country "Germany" (= Deutschland) the 10:40-flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuia is 162.68 EUR.

If you chose Argentina as "your" country the same flight is 378,57 ARS = 91 EUR what is almost the half price.

If you chose Argentina as "your" country there's also a message which says:

"Las tarifas expresadas en pesos (ARS) para vuelos dentro de Argentina sólo son válidas para residentes en el país y para compras realizadas dentrol del territorio argentino. Si usted no es residente argentino per favor, haga su reserva, ingresando a la página web de su país de residencia."

Unfortunately I don't speak Spanish... I just can imagine what this means...

3. Posted by juanka (Inactive 48 posts) 7y

Hi: as a local, I can explain this:

--Before 2001, the arg. peso was tied to US dollar (1 = 1), but after the social-economical crisis, the dollar goes up till 3 pesos.

The internal flights were based on US dollar value, so for foreigners are stil lthe same price, but for local people they put an spacial fare, poderwise would be impossible for us to pay 3 times more the tickets from one day to another....

Anyway, many people stop use flights, thats why Dinar, Lapa and other companies were to bankroupt.

-- Anyway, internal flights are not so booked to don't find a place with just a week or two in advance.

--Austral is merged with AA.

--Check www.lan.com, and choose Argentina. you will find many special offers...

--Ask your travel agent about the Visit Argentina ticket: a cheap way to have 4 or 5 flights. But it's only available out of he country.

-- if you need more info, of accommodation, see my web site (lodging4all.com.ar)

have a good trip
regards
J C

4. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 7y

I call it tourist tax. If your a foriegner you will have to pay double. I found that too, that their web page hikes up the prices when you log in from outside the country.

You used to be able to get a normal priced ticket about a year ago but I think that even if you´re in the Argentina you will have to pay double. There may be one way around it though. If an Argentine national buys your ticket you may be able to get it at the standard price. Worth a try I suppose.

Flights do fill up but I haven´t found too much problem booking a flight a few days before it leaves. If you book a week before and you are flexible with times, I reckon you will be alright.

Austral was bought out by Aerolineas Argentinas.

There are two other companies that fly in Argentina that I know of. They are LAN Argentina and LADE.

Translated:
"Las tarifas expresadas en pesos (ARS) para vuelos dentro de Argentina sólo son válidas para residentes en el país y para compras realizadas dentrol del territorio argentino. Si usted no es residente argentino per favor, haga su reserva, ingresando a la página web de su país de residencia."

The tariffs shown in Pesos for flights within Argentina are only valid for residents in the country and for tickets bought within Argentina. If you are not a resident please reserve your flight by entering the web page of your country of residence.

Good luck

Steve

5. Posted by helper (Full Member 55 posts) 7y

STEPHANIE

NOW THE RATES ARE
BUENOS AIRES USHUAIA BUENOS AIRES
$ARG 775 EACH PAX.
THAT IS THE LOWEST RATE FOR TOURISTS HERE AND REALLY THERE IS NO BIG DIFFERENCE WITH THE ONES WE PAY AS LOCALS.

I CANNOT SAY THERE IS AVAILABILITY CAUSE I DONT KNOW YOUR DATES.

REGARDS.

HELPER

6. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 7y

Thanx Juanka and Steve for your replies.

I can understand by your explanation, Juanka, that they had to reduce the prices for residents.

Nevertheless I hate to be treated like a cash-cow who has to pay almost the double price. The decision to visit a certain country often also depends on the calculation that the purchase power is lower than in one's own country; otherwise people sometimes couldn't afford it.

We don't charge double prices for Japanese people, either. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2007, at 7:20 AM by StephanieH ]

7. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 7y

Quoting helper

STEPHANIE

NOW THE RATES ARE
BUENOS AIRES USHUAIA BUENOS AIRES
$ARG 775 EACH PAX.
THAT IS THE LOWEST RATE FOR TOURISTS HERE AND REALLY THERE IS NO BIG DIFFERENCE WITH THE ONES WE PAY AS LOCALS.

I CANNOT SAY THERE IS AVAILABILITY CAUSE I DONT KNOW YOUR DATES.

REGARDS.

HELPER

On which website? Aerolineas Argentina?

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Stephanie,

You're free not to take planes in Argentina if you don't like paying what is a very normal price to fly that far (even below standard market tariff, if you ask me). The fact that they make it much cheaper for Argentines has everything to do with the fact that governments want to insure mobility for their own people, just as smaller countries can do by constructing a decent network of roads. So it doesn't have anything to do with you being a cash-cow.

And this may be a redundant remark, but it's no use buying a ticket at national's price; if you would succeed at doing so, they will not ley you board the plane.

happy travels,
Niels

9. Posted by kiwibanjo (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Yeah the same story with LAN Chile. Any international aviation lawyers out there. Surely a bit dodgy.