tsaord
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Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:03 am

Are these routes very good for the US airlines who run them? I can't seem to find an AA flight from ORD/EZE via DFW for no less that $1500. Same for DL and CO. Thats the cheapest fare. United's cheapest is 1800. A few months ago the cost was around 700-800 dollars. Will the fares ever go down below $1000? I want to go to a spanish school there since EZE is back on the table but man these "cheapest" fares just aren't cheap lol.


Now I was thinking about going to Madrid which my heart was set on. Iberia now wants 1,080 when it used to be around 600-700 round trip out of ORD. I thought about BA via LHR but then suddenly all these new taxes started showing up and it added over $200 to the fare now.

Now I'm again considering GDL and maybe Antigua. In most cases I would have to leave on a Saturday maybe thats why the prices are so high?

I want all the airlines to return to stable profits but I didn't think it would be this bad lol. I'm planning something for the middle of April. I hope I can find something.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:08 am

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
maybe Antigua.

Antigua the island is not Spanish speaking.
 
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:15 am

If you can wait a couple of months, you should be able to find better fares to South America in May or June. It's winter there and definitely not tourist season. The downside, of course, is worse weather, but B.A. is a great city any time of the year.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:19 am

I was looking last week and found around $1100 to Spain on IB. Mexico and other central american are about $400-600.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:21 am

Antigua, Guatemala Perhaps? The code is GUA for Guatemala City. Why not PUERTO RICO? There are plenty of good schools in the Islands. And we have 3 good Airport; BQN, PSE and the Main SJU.
 
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:37 am

Well mi amigo,

I have been told/read that for the purposes of learning spanish I should avoid the carribean to include Puerto Rico, Cuba(Cant go there anyway) and The Dominican Republic! I'm studying on my own and practicing at work.

So thats why I haven't thought of them

Quoting Bqnco (Reply 4):
Antigua, Guatemala Perhaps? The code is GUA for Guatemala City

Yes I meant Antigua, Guatemala lol.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:39 am

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 5):
I have been told/read that for the purposes of learning spanish I should avoid the carribean to include Puerto Rico,

By that logic, I would not go to Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay either. The Spanish there is, IMHO, less comprehensible. If you want to learn fairly clean Spanish in this hemisphere, I'd suggest Costa Rica.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:12 am

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

I guess you meant, Spanish-speaking countries, because the Spanish countries are basically Spain.  Wink

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
I want to go to a Spanish school

Have in mind that many countries speak very bad Spanish, basically because they incorporate many-many local versions of the language and expressions which will only help you in that specific country. I work in Miami with people from many Latin American countries and sometimes I can't understand them. Usually they end up saying: "Well, it is a word that we use in our country..."...

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 6):
I'd suggest Costa Rica

Absolutely. The RAE (Royal Spanish Academy-who is the authority of our language) have suggested that the more neutral Spanish is spoken in Bogota-Colombia and San Jose- Costa Rica.

The Sabana University in Bogota has a great Spanish school, if you would like to check it out, it could be a good option. I was checking their website ( http://www.unisabana.edu.co/english_...ernational_programs_foreigners.htm )

and found this video:
http://www.unisabana.edu.co/english_version/video_bienvenida.htm

By the way, Bogota it is very safe and modern, don't worry.  Wink

Although, I can understand why you want to go to Buenos Aires; it is an amazing city and it is very hip but also cultural, I am sure you would have a blast there. Argentina is one of my favorites countries in the world and I have plenty of friends there.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:24 am

I would have to agree with some of the posts about Costa Rica. I've found the Spanish there much easier to understand. Sure, they have their own local words, but it's definitely easy on the ear. I had a fairly easy time in Panama as well.

Latin American countries that I've been to in which I've had difficulity understanding Spanish;

Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela.

I've heard Chilean spanish on my LAN flights and that seemed difficult to understand as well.
 
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:53 am

What?? I love how Venezuelan's talk! Its very clear to me.

But Thanks for your help!! Im putting this off for maybe 2 months to May or April. I think I can get some cheaper flights to Quito and Central America rather than Spain and Argentina. I guess cause EZE is in season since its the summer.
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:02 pm

I would recommend that you reconsider learning your Spanish in Puerto Rico, not because they speak good Spanish but because they teach good Spanish. Almost 30 years ago I took Spanish classes at the University of Puerto Rico at night. They taught a good international Spanish with the added advantage that the curriculum had a heavy emphasis on the cultural differences between US and Hispanic thinking as expressed in the language. Furthermore, if you can understand the rapid everyday Spanish of Puerto Rico you can understand any Spanish. My introduction to Spanish in Puerto Rico has served me very well throughout Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
 
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:35 am

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
Now I was thinking about going to Madrid which my heart was set on. Iberia now wants 1,080 when it used to be around 600-700 round trip out of ORD.

Please, remember 600-700 USD are bargain prices, the lowest price in Coach cabin.

Quoting Tsaord (Thread starter):
I thought about BA via LHR but then suddenly all these new taxes started showing up and it added over $200 to the fare now.

Do you want price? If you don't get good prices with IB, look with both, AF-KL or LH.

AF has a great network in the States and very fast connections --it's untrue CDG is an unfriendly airport to make connections-- to many cities in Spain out CDG (CDG to Spain is flown with AF or UX depending on which airport is chosen)

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 6):
By that logic, I would not go to Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay either. The Spanish there is, IMHO, less comprehensible.

Che, que decis, viejo  Wink ...it's no less comprehensible than in many areas within Spain, like Andalucia, Galicia or Catalonia are.

At least in Buenos Aires you have very good Spanish schools, with the same quality you might to find in Spain. It's depends if you want to visit Argentina or you prefer to visit us, here in Spain where also you can go easily to other European countries before return to the US.

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 7):
have suggested that the more neutral Spanish is spoken in Bogota-Colombia and San Jose- Costa Rica.

...and what about Valladolid, Spain?  Smile
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RE: Air Fares To Spanish Countries From The US

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:17 am

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 7):
The RAE (Royal Spanish Academy-who is the authority of our language) have suggested that the more neutral Spanish is spoken in Bogota-Colombia and San Jose- Costa Rica.

Wow. This is something I've heard my (Costa Rican) mother say on several occasions, and I simply didn't give her the benefit of the doubt.

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