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The Definitive Guide to Avianca’s Direct Routes From the U.S. [Plane Types and Seat Options]

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Avianca is Colombia’s flag carrier and is part of Avianca Holdings, which owns many other regional subsidiaries in South and Central America.

Headquartered in Bogotá, this Star Alliance partner is instrumental in the global connectivity Star Alliance offers. As the airline chiefly responsible for connecting Star Alliance passengers to Central and South America, Avianca fills an important role.

Avianca’s fleet consists primarily of narrow-body, single-aisle aircraft, though it also has a few wide-body aircraft. Its subsidiaries include Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Ecuador, Avianca El Salvador, Avianca Guatemala, Avianca Honduras, Avianca Peru, and more. The company has over 130 aircraft in its fleet and flies to more than 75 destinations worldwide.

Let’s take a look at what portion of its fleet is dedicated to connecting the U.S. to Central and South America.

Cabin Classes by Aircraft Type

Although we mentioned that Avianca has its hub operations in Bogotá (BOG), Colombia, the airline also maintains a secondary hub at San Salvador (SAL) in El Salvador. As you’ll find out, there are tons of flights to San Salvador from the U.S.

Avianca operates a total of 4 aircraft on flights to and from the U.S.:

  • 787-8
  • A330-200
  • A320
  • A320neo

In the past, Avianca has offered many flights using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. However, the Dreamliner flights have since been shifted to meet the demands of flights elsewhere around the world. Let’s take a look at all of Avianca’s nonstop U.S. routes, along with the flight numbers, operating aircraft type, cabin classes available, and frequency.

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Avianca RouteFlight Number(s)AircraftCabin ClassesFrequency
Chicago (ORD) – Guatemala City (GUA)AV 631A320Economy3x weekly
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 441A320neoEconomy3x weekly
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Bogotá (BOG)AV 37A320Economy3x weekly
Las Vegas (LAS) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 527A320neoEconomy3x weekly
Los Angeles (LAX) – Guatemala City (GUA)AV 641, 733

AV 641: A320

AV 733: A320neo

Economy3x weekly
Los Angeles (LAX) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 523, 525, 529, 621

AV 523: A330-200

AV 525: A320

AV 529, 621: A320neo

Business, economyUp to 4x daily
Miami (MIA) – Barranquilla (BAQ)AV 3A320Economy3x weekly
Miami (MIA) – Bogotá (BOG)AV 5, 7, 9, 127AV 5, 127: A320

AV 9: A320neo

AV 7: 787-8

Business, economyUp to 4x daily
Miami (MIA) – Cali (CLO)AV 39, 99

A320

Economy

4x weekly; 3x weekly

Miami (MIA) – Managua (MGA)TA 397A320EconomyDaily
Miami (MIA) – Medellín (MDE)AV 31, 135, 147

AV 31: A320neo

AV 135, 147: A320

EconomyDaily
New York City (JFK) – Bogotá (BOG)AV 21; 245A320neo or 787-8Business, economyDaily
New York City (JFK) – Cali (CLO)AV 63A320Economy3x weekly
New York City (JFK) – Cartagena (CTG)AV 65A320Economy 4x weekly
New York City (JFK) – Medellín (MDE)AV 43, 145A320 or A320neoEconomyDaily
New York City (JFK) – Pereira (PEI)AV 207A320Economy4x weekly
New York City (JFK) – San Pedro de Sula (SAP)AV 665A320Economy3x weekly
New York City (JFK) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 567, 571, 671A320EconomyDaily
Orlando (MCO) – Bogotá (BOG)AV 29, 219A320neoEconomyDaily
Orlando (MCO) – Medellín (MDE)AV 203, 237A320Economy6x weekly
Orlando (MCO) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 423A320Economy 4x weekly
San Francisco (SFO) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 559, 561, 563A320neoEconomyDaily
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Bogotá (BOG)AV 247, 239A320EconomyDaily
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – San Jose (SJO)AV 663A320A3204x weekly
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – San Salvador (SAL)AV 581, 583, 585, 591A320EconomyDaily

Overall, you can take many different flights to and from the U.S. However, most of these involve connecting in San Salvador (SAL) or Bogotá (BOG). Still, there are some unique flights you can take outside of these 2 cities, such as Managua (MGA) in Nicaragua, Medellín (MDE) in Colombia, and even Guatemala City (GUA) in Guatemala.

Best Points To Earn To Fly Avianca

As mentioned, Avianca is a Star Alliance partner, which naturally means you can redeem miles from Star Alliance airlines for flights on Avianca and all its subsidiaries. LifeMiles employs a variable award pricing structure when you fly on Avianca, meaning you can redeem LifeMiles for a cheaper price if available.

You can also book Avianca flights using any transferable rewards program. Here are the main transferable currencies, along with the most popular and applicable mileage partners:

  1. Chase Ultimate Rewards: Singapore KrisFlyer or United MileagePlus
  2. American Express Membership Rewards: Air Canada Aeroplan, ANA Mileage Club, Avianca LifeMiles, and Singapore KrisFlyer
  3. Citi ThankYou Rewards: Avianca LifeMiles, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, Singapore KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, and Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  4. Capital One Miles: Air Canada Aeroplan, Avianca LifeMiles, EVA Air Infinity MileageLands, and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  5. Marriott Bonvoy: Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus, Air Canada Aeroplan, Air New Zealand Airpoints, All Nippon Airways Mileage Club, Asiana Club, Avianca LifeMiles, Copa Airlines ConnectMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer, TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles, and United MileagePlus

If you wanted to fly between the U.S. and Central America, you could redeem according to the following award table:

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Airline Miles TypeOne-Way Economy Cost One-Way Business Cost
Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus30,00045,000
Air Canada Aeroplan6,000 to 10,00020,000 to 25,000
ANA Mileage Club55,000 (round-trip only)88,000 (round-trip only)
Asiana Club17,50027,500
Avianca LifeMiles14,000 to 17,50025,000 to 37,000
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles17,50030,000
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands25,00040,000
Lufthansa Miles & More17,50030,000
Singapore KrisFlyer17,50034,500
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go35,00050,000
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus17,50032,500
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles52,50075,000
United MileagePlus19,30033,000

Here’s the award table to follow for flights between the U.S. and South America:

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Airline Miles TypeOne-Way Economy Cost One-Way Business Cost
Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus30,00045,000
Air Canada Aeroplan30,00050,000
ANA Mileage Club55,000 (round-trip only)88,000 (round-trip only)
Asiana Club17,50027,500
Avianca LifeMiles15,000 to 17,00030,000 to 35,000
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles20,00035,000 (40,000 to Peru)
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands34,00052,500
Lufthansa Miles & More30,00060,000
Singapore KrisFlyer30,00057,500
TAP Air Portugal Miles&Go35,00050,000
Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus17,50032,500
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles52,50075,000
United MileagePlus22,00038,500

As you can see, the redemption costs across all the major airlines vary dramatically. This is thanks to a variation in regional categorization, where 1 frequent flyer program may consider a certain country to be in a different region than another frequent flyer program.

Avianca First Class

Unfortunately, Avianca doesn’t currently offer a first-class product on its flights.

Avianca Business Class

Avianca’s business class is one of the best ways to fly to South America or Central America. It remains one of the top ways to reliably get award availability without worrying about the scarce availability on LATAM or American Airlines.

Instead, Avianca releases lots of business class award seats, and its product is comfortable enough for a long-haul flight. Avianca is surprisingly well-equipped with its soft product. You receive an amenity kit, tasty food and drink programs, and a comfortable seat. Let’s get into the business class options to and from the U.S.

Avianca 787-8 Business Class

Avianca 787-8 business class
Avianca 787-8 business class. Image Credit: Avianca

Avianca’s best business class seat is aboard the 787-8. Known as the flagship of the fleet, this aircraft is deployed on Avianca’s most premium long-haul routes. Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually include U.S. routes, easily serviced by lower-capacity aircraft.

If you can fly this aircraft, you’ll find reverse-herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration — notice that all of these seats become lie-flat, have direct aisle access and have a lot of privacy.

In this cabin, you find a total of 7 rows of business class seats, each with 21 inches of width and 72 inches of seat pitch. Five rows of business class seats are in the front cabin, and another 2 rows of business class seats are in the minicabin, which is separated from the larger business class cabin by an inflight bar.

Here’s what the seat map looks like:

Avianca 787-8 business class seat map
Avianca 787-8 business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The most private seats are near the rear of the plane, away from the 2 lavatories and galleys at the front. Because of the absence of foot traffic near these seats, we recommend choosing 6A or 6K for solo travelers. For couples traveling together, you can choose either 6D and 6E or 7D and 7E to maximize your privacy and seclusion from the rest of the business class cabin.

Avoid 5A and 5K, because these seats have 1 less window and are directly next to the inflight bar.

Here are the U.S. routes on which Avianca’s 787-8 can sometimes be found:

  • New York City (JFK) – Bogota (BOG)
  • Miami (MIA) – Bogotá (BOG)
  • New York City (JFK) – Medellin (MDE) sometimes

Hot Tip: Check out one of our writers’ less-than-excellent experience on an Avianca 787-8 Dreamliner from Miami to Bogotá.

Avianca A330-200 Business Class

Wamos Air
An Airbus A330-200 from Wamos Air Image Credit: Wamos Air

Avianca wet-leases A330-200 jets from Wamos Air, a European charter airline.

On this aircraft’s sole U.S. route, Avianca offers lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, which is a significant upgrade in comfort and privacy.

The Avianca A330-200 is currently being flown on these nonstop routes to and from the U.S.:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – San Salvador (SAL)

Avianca A320 and A320neo and Business Class

Avianca A320 premium seat
Image Credit: Avianca

Besides the sole wide-body plane that Avianca flies to the U.S., there are 2 aircraft on the remaining routes: the A320 and A320neo. These planes are single-aisle, and the business class seats are the same throughout.

The recliner seats resemble those found in domestic U.S. first-class flights. The business class section on all of these aircraft consists of the first rows of seats in a 2-2 configuration. These seats recline slightly more than ordinary economy seats, and the cushions are slightly thicker.

Avianca’s A320 and A320neo fleet serve the bulk of its operations between the U.S. and Central and South America.

Avianca Premium Economy Class

Avianca doesn’t offer a premium economy class product aboard its flights.

Avianca Economy Class

If you’re looking for cheap airfare to South America or Central America, you’ll find that Avianca consistently offers the most budget-friendly options. Sometimes, these cheap tickets involve an “inconvenient” layover in San Salvador (SAL) before heading to your final destination in South America. However, if you’re sensitive to prices, it makes sense to save several hundred dollars by flying on a 1-stop itinerary.

Avianca’s economy-class product is relatively no-frills. It is intended to get you from point A to point B as economically as possible, which is why the ticket prices beat the competition. Still, though, Avianca is considered a full-service airline, so you’ll be able to enjoy some comforts, such as inflight entertainment and a meal.

Let’s take a look at the best economy options you can take to and from the U.S.:

Avianca A330-200 Economy Class

Avianca A330 200 economy
Avianca A330-200 economy class. Image Credit: Avianca Brasil

Generally, the experience on wide-body aircraft tends to be better than that on narrow-body aircraft. This is because of the installation of inflight entertainment, the amenities aboard the aircraft, and even the ability to enjoy a full meal service.

The obvious drawback is that wide-body aircraft have more seats, so there will be more people on the plane with you. Still, it’s easy to relax on the A330-200 from Avianca. There are a total of 222 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, tapering to 2-3-2 at the rear of the plane. Each of these seats is around 17-19 inches wide and 31-32 inches in pitch.

The best part of the 2-4-2 configuration is that couples traveling together can have a whole row to themselves.

Here’s what the A330-200 seat map looks like:

Avianca A330 200 economy class seat map
Avianca A330-200 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats for solo travelers are 7C and 7J, which give extra legroom and are near the front of the plane. If you’re traveling with a companion, you’ll do well to reserve seat pairs 7A and 7C, 7J and 7K, 23A and 23C, 22J and 22K, and even 2 of the seats in row 22. All of these seats have extra legroom, which is a massive benefit for economy flights.

Here are the routes on which the A330-200 can be found:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Bogotá (BOG)
  • Miami (MIA) – Bogotá (BOG)
  • New York City (JFK) – Bogotá (BOG)

Avianca 787-8 Economy Class

Avianca 787-8 economy
Avianca 787-8 economy. Image Credit: Avianca

The very last economy seat is Avianca’s 787-8. The reason why it’s ranked so low is that its seats are generally the most cramped, narrow, and crowded.

Avianca’s 787-8 has 222 economy seats arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, shown here:

Avianca 787-8 business class seat map
Avianca 787-8 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The seats are each 17 inches wide and 31-36 inches in pitch, depending on which seats you reserve.

We’d recommend you reserve seats in row 8 for the extra legroom from the bulkhead. You should avoid rows 21, 22, 24, 33, and 35 when possible because of the proximity to the lavatories.

Here are the U.S. routes on which Avianca offers the 787-8:

  • New York City (JFK) – Medellín (MDE) sometimes

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Avianca’s fleet isn’t necessarily anything to write home about. In the past, Avianca operated Dreamliner flights with a true business class product on various routes around the world, but it’s pretty rare on U.S. routes nowadays.

You might find them on flights from New York City (JFK) to Medellín (MDE) sometimes. Other than that, the other available business class product that isn’t just a recliner seat is the A330-200 with angled-flat 2-2-2 seats.

The other aircraft offerings are similar to domestic flights with recliner seats, so there’s not much to get excited about.

In addition to expected flights to San Salvador (SAL) and Bogotá (BOG), there are tons of unique options to far-flung places, such as Barranquilla (BAQ), Guatemala City (GUA), and even Managua (MAG). You’re definitely going to want to add this guide to your trip-planning portfolio when contemplating flying Avianca to Central and South America.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best way to book Avianca first class?

Avianca doesn’t currently offer a first class product, only business class.

What's the best way to book Avianca business class?

If you’re flying to Central America, you can redeem 25,000 to 37,000 Avianca LifeMiles, 27,500 Asiana miles, 30,000 United MileagePlus miles, 20,000 to 25,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles, or even 34,500 KrisFlyer miles.

If you’re flying to South America (Colombia) nonstop on Avianca business class, you can redeem 27,500 Asiana miles, 30,000 to 35,000 Avianca LifeMiles, 32,500 Thai Airways miles, or 38,500 United MileagePlus miles.

These aren’t the only options. Be sure to reference this article’s Best Points To Earn To Fly Avianca section. Note that these are just one-way costs.

What's the best way to book Avianca premium economy class?

Avianca doesn’t currently offer a premium economy product, so it won’t be possible to book it using points.

What's the best way to book Avianca economy class?

If you’re flying to Central America in Avianca economy class, you can consider redeeming 6,000 to 10,000 Aeroplan miles, 14,000 to 17,500 Avianca LifeMiles, 17,500 Asiana miles, 17,500 Copa Airlines ConnectMiles, 17,500 Singapore KrisFlyer miles, 17,500 United MileagePlus miles, or even 17,500 Thai Airways miles.

If you’re flying to South America in economy, expect to pay around 15,000 to 17,000 Avianca LifeMiles, 17,500 Asiana miles, 17,500 Thai Airways miles, 22,000 United MileagePlus miles, or 20,000 Copa Airlines ConnectMiles.

Note that these are one-way costs.

Where does Avianca fly out of?

Avianca chiefly flies out of its 2 hubs:

  • Bogotá (BOG)
  • San Salvador (SAL)

However, it maintains operations in many different cities in South and Central America.

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About Victoria M. Walker

Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.

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