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Baggage Policy

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Please note that free baggage allowance depended on a number of factors, including ticket fare and the city of departure and arrival. During the Alternative Airlines booking process, free baggage allowance was displayed on TACA flights. There was also be the opportunity to add extra bags to a booking.

Carry-on Baggage

All passengers were entitled to one carry-on piece of luggage. On all flights, all hand luggage must not have weighed more than 10 kg, and have a maximum height of 55 cm (22 inches), length of 35 cm (14 inches) and width of 25 cm (10 inches). Passengers must have been able to safely store their hand luggage in the storage bins above the seats.

Checked Baggage

Economy Class: The fee checked baggage allowance for Economy passengers between these destinations was: 1 piece, up to 23 Kg.

Business Class: The fee checked baggage allowance for Business passengers between these destinations was: 2 pieces, up to 32kg each.

Please note that the sum of length, width, and height of all checked baggage must not have exceeded 158cm (62 inches).

Cabin Classes

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Taca Airlines operated 2 cabins onboard its aircraft, Economy and Business Class.

Economy Class

Within Economy Class, passengers could choose between a number of fare options: Super Promo, Econo and Flexi. While the inflight experience, including facilities and seating, were the same, passengers received additional benefits when purchasing a higher-priced fare, such as pre-seat selection and free cancellations or amendments.

Did you know? When booking flights through Alternative Airlines it's easy to select the perfect Economy fare option for you - more information can be found in our guide to fare families.

Economy Class Facilities

Economy Class offered a wide range of inflight entertainment. On long-haul flights, a personal TV was fitted to each seat.

Meals and beverages were served - see below for more details.

Economy Class Seats

Economy Class offered comfortable seats with plenty of legroom.

Premium Economy

There was no Premium Economy Class option.

Business Class

Passengers who booked Economy Class could upgrade to Business via the airline's Plusgrade Auction System. Last-minute upgrades could also be made at the airport if there were seats still available in Business Class.

Business Class Facilities

Business Class passengers could enjoy priority boarding, extra baggage allowance, and a specialist on-board meal experience. A personal touch screen TV could also be found on the back of each seat.

Business Class Seating

Business Class was in a separate cabin for privacy, quiet, and comfort. Seating could recline to a sleeping position. Amenities could also include a pillow and blanket, shoe bags, travel kit, seat and light controls, USB ports, and an international plug socket for charging devices.

First Class

There was no First Class option - Business Class was the airline’s premium product.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

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The airline offered a variety of multimedia content including games, movies, popular TV shows, and music.

On international flights (aircraft depending) a personal television screen was mounted on the back of each seat in Economy as well as Business Class. On aircraft where this service was not available, passengers could download the airline’s app, called ‘TACA Entertainment’, which could be used to stream entertainment onto personal devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, or laptops. Power outlets were available to charge personal devices.

WIFI

TACA passengers could enjoy high-speed WiFi during their flight. Prices and plans were displayed on your digital device when you connected to the 'TACA' network when on-board. The WiFi service was subject to availability depending on the aircraft and flight route.

WIFI was introduced on TACA flights in the late 2000s/early 2010s, just before the Avianca merger.

Check-In

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Taca Airlines had different check-in times depending on whether passengers checked in online or at thee airport.

Online Check-in

Online check-in was available through the Avianca check-in page. Online check-in opened 24 hours before scheduled flight departure. After checking-in online, passengers could either print their boarding pass or check-in via mobile, whereby the boarding pass would be displayed on a smartphone.

Airport Check-in

To check-in at airport counters, passengers must have arrived at least three hours before flight departure. For domestic destinations, passengers must have arrived at the counter two hours in advance of departure.

Self-service airport kiosks were available at select airports, for a faster and more convenient way to check-in at the airport. Check-in at self-service kiosks was available between 24-hours and 1 hour before flight departure.

Frequent Flyer Programme

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Taca Airlines's frequent flyer programme was called 'LifeMiles'.

Life Miles

At the time that it ceased operations, TACA Airlines was already using Avianca's frequent flyer program, LifeMiles. TACA passengers could gain LifeMiles, which was the frequent flyer program operated by Avianca. After joining, passengers could earn and redeem miles and take advantage of an array of benefits depending on mile accumulation - the levels of membership (based on miles flown) include: LifeMiles Silver, Gold Elite and Diamond. LifeMile members earn qualifying miles when flying on a TACA/Avianca/Avianca subsidiary flight, or when flying with Star Alliance airline partners.

Collecting LifeMile Points

When making a TACA booking through Alternative Airlines, passengers could select ‘LifeMiles' as their chosen frequent flyer programme during the flight booking process, and simply type in their personal membership number. More information on how to do this can be found here.

Airline Alliance

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TACA was a member of the Star Alliance, one of the world’s leading airline alliances. Depending on frequent flyer membership, the alliance offers qualifying passengers entry to more than 1,000 VIP lounges worldwide, while connecting over than 1,316 destinations in more than 192 countries. Gold Elite and Silver Star Alliance members (or equivalent LifeMile members) also have access to a variety of add-ons, such as priority check-in and priority baggage handling.

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Destinations that Taca Airlines flies to

This is a list of destinations that TACA Airlines flew to, which are now operated by Avianca El Salvador (as of 2019):

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Frequently asked questions

Does Taca Airlines still exist?

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No, Taca Airlines no longer exists. Taca Airlines merged into Avianca in 2013. Avianca absorbed all of Taca's roots. All Taca Airlines flights are now sold and operated by Avianca.

Is Taca Airlines part of Avianca?

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Taca Airlines is not just part of Avianca, it has been fully merged into Avianca since 2013. The airline no longer exists. When the merger happened, Avianca took on the majority of Taca Airlines routes. So, if you're looking for a specific flight that Taca Airlines used to fly, you can now book that flight on Avianca, through Alternative Airlines.

Which country did Taca Airlines fly from?

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Taca Airlines was the national carrier of El Salvador. When it merged into Avianca in 2013, the airline was then known as Avianca El Salvador. The airline is still technically called Avianca El Salvador, however, most people just refer to it as 'Avianca'.

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