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After 5 Years, Avianca Resumes Flights Between Chicago and Bogotá

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Avianca is bringing back a route it flew between 2018 and 2019 once it resumes nonstop service between its hub in Bogotá and Chicago later this year.

Let’s look at the details of this upcoming daily service from Avianca.

New Avianca Service Between Chicago and Bogotá

After 5 years, Avianca is resuming flights to Chicago, offering daily nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport (BOG). Flights will commence on October 27, 2024, and tickets are already on sale from Avianca’s website.

“At Avianca, we continue to focus on providing more connectivity and access to new destinations around the world. Following our successful launches in Montreal and Paris earlier this year, we are thrilled to introduce the new Bogotá-Chicago route. This addition strengthens our network to include over 10 destinations across North America. This new route will allow more travelers to connect to the United States through our network and facilitate the arrival of new visitors to Colombia and the rest of our region. We are committed to delivering a refreshed travel experience that prioritizes safety, punctuality, and reliable luggage handling,” said Rolando Damas, Avianca Airlines sales director for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The route will be operated by the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 jets, which can hold up to 180 passengers. These aircraft are configured with economy seats only, and the flight is scheduled with just over 6 hours of duration.

Booking Avianca Flights

On numerous dates, one-way tickets departing Chicago are available for $133 per person. Round-trip flights are priced closer to $300 each.

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Seats at the rear of the economy cabin on Avianca’s A320. Image Credit: Ryan Smith

If you want to book using points and miles, you’re in luck. LifeMiles, Avianca’s award program, makes it easy to accrue miles. You can transfer any of the following currencies to LifeMiles:

If you book directly with LifeMiles, expect prices of 20,000 miles per passenger in economy. Unfortunately, the A320 planes operating this route don’t have business class.

That’s better than the current prices we’re seeing with Aeroplan and United MileagePlus, which are charging up to 50% more.

Hot Tip:

Look out to see whether LifeMiles will roll out its early booking discount on this route. Presently, we’re not seeing it.

Final Thoughts

Avianca already flies to a dozen cities in the U.S., and it’s now resuming flights to and from Chicago. While there’s no premium cabin on the planes Avianca will use, this will provide expanded options and convenience for those flying between the U.S. and Colombia, starting on October 27, 2024.

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Ryan completed his goal of visiting every country in the world in December of 2023 and now plans to let his wife choose their destinations. Over the years, he’s written about award travel for publications including AwardWallet, The Points Guy, USA Today Blueprint, CNBC Select, Tripadvisor, and Forbes Advisor.

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