I have been keeping a close eye on the posts about being able to/not being able to book on the Peru version of LAN and get the good prices. I somewhat finalized my itinerary and this is how my booking experience went:
Went to Peru version and input all info, including Verified by VISA
Transaction could not be completed.
Called LAN's 1-866- I FLY LAN number, was on hold for a good 8 minutes and spoke with someone directly. I provided the helpful agent with my booking confirmation code. She said I would have to go to the USA version to book my ticket. I told her the cost was twice as much and asked if there was any way to get the Peru price. She said no, there wasn't. I asked if this was a recent change and she said it was just recently put into effect.
It will be interesting to see if anyone actually has success booking through the site and getting Peru prices.
I booked through Apunake and received confirmation immediately. The cost was $273.20 as apposed to Lan's $257.04 for two one way flights from Cusco to Arequipa. An extra $16 is a much better option than booking through the USA version, which would have amounted to $408.32.
I also received a nice follow-up email from Apunake:
Your payment has been accepted; your ticket issued successfully and was sent to your e-mail.
In the attach link you will find useful information for your trip:
If you need assistance with your travel organization, transfer, tours or Hotel services, please don’t hesitate in contact us
If the process to get your ticket has been agile, comfortable and economic, we would appreciate it if you recommend our services.
Thank you for your trust, have a nice flight!
Jhuliana Peña Salas
I hope this helps some of you.