Earlier today One Mile at a Time reported that Argentina would be suspending its $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens. My one visit to Argentina took place before this reciprocity fee was introduced. There is no question that this fee has played a role in preventing a return trip for myself to Argentina. I was hopeful that the reciprocity fee would be suspended as a result of President Obama’s visit to this South American country last week and I am ecstatic that it did!
As I mentioned last week, my last AA pre-devaluation award booking happened to be a business class one-way from Argentina for my family and myself. The taxes and fees for this award were extremely high, as is usually the case for awards from Argentina: $99.06 per passenger. Between the three of us, when you add what we paid in taxes and fees on our award to what we would have had to pay for the reciprocity fee, the total would have come up to $777.18. That seemed like a lot of wasted money.
While there is nothing that can be done about the $297.18 I had to pay in taxes and fees for our three award tickets, the fact that we will now be able to save $480 in reciprocity fees is significant. Those savings will most likely result in an increase in our budget for this trip, which means that Argentina removing the $160 reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens is truly a win-win for everyone involved. Furthermore, I am now even more excited about this trip as a result of this change.