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  • Added on: May 26th, 2011
Where I can find the cheapest flights between Lima and Cusco? I tried to buy them on Star Peru through their website for about $180 because that was the cheapest fare I could find and heard decent things about them, but just as I was confirming my itinerary they wanted to add another $60 per ticket, not in taxes but as a surcharge! I suspect it's because it's a Peruvian airline and I was buying my tickets from the US. Does anyone know how I can avoid this surcharge? Thanks!

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  • Added on: May 28th, 2011
Unless something has changed recently, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines are the cheapest. LAN and TACA are notoriously expensive, because they have a hefty surcharge for travellers who don't live in Peru (whether they book through internet or otherwise). You may try Peruvian Airlines as an alternative to Star Peru.


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  • Added on: May 28th, 2011
The surcharge you're talking about is probably a 'tourist' surcharge, and can't be avoided.

I went with Star Peru on the idea of those cheap advertised rates, but the cheapest ones are for Peruvian nationals. I signed up and got a very large increase in fare for my trouble,.


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  • Added on: June 1st, 2011
I prefer Shaggy Buttox Arlineas, named cause their planes sometimes drag a little low on the Andean peaks. They lose a few every year, but the price is right. Try it you'll like it!!!


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  • Added on: June 3rd, 2011
My sole experience was with Tame Airlines. Of course this was 3 years ago, so things could have changed drastically in that time, but I was fortunate to be seated on the left side of the plane, which allowed me to get a great view as we approach Cuzco. Funny, just writing this makes me long to go back there.
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