You can travel aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which boasts larger windows and greater passenger comfort than older aircraft. Light hand luggage is free, you have to pay for other items like checked baggage and assigned seating.
Many low-cost airlines do not have power ports at the seats, so you may need to take an external battery for your smart phone and tablet if you plan to use them for in-flight entertainment. This external battery will do the job, and it costs only $9.20 from Amazon. Shipping is free if you have Prime.
For example, if you are Platinum of American Airlines you can become Gold on Delta. Or, if you are Premier Gold on United you can become Gold on Delta. According to the official rules a status match is a one-time thing and is good for 90 days, or all the way to January 31, 2018, if you meet the associated flight requirements.
Quito is located right on the equator, so it has no hot/cold seasons. It is located at a high elevation, so the temperature is always mild…but take a wrap if you want to visit the higher altitude parts of the city.
Ecuador’s currency is tied to the U.S. dollar, so you do not need to change currency.
From time to time IHG will include a Quito hotel on its PointBreaks list, which is how I was able to do a multi-day visit to the city for only $35 per day.