Long time readers will know I’m a huge fan of Aerolineas Argentinas and their luxurious Club Condor cabin. From the fax machine, to the individual screen with four movies, to the audio selection with 12 channels of varied musical genders, there’s no way to get bored on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight.
Anyway, presently their only destination in the US is Miami, though starting December 15, 2013, they’ll be gracing the skies between Buenos Aires and New York JFK daily, with the following schedule:
AR1300 Buenos Aires to New York departing 11:59PM arriving 9:04AM (+1 day)
AR1301 New York JFK to Buenos Aires departing 3:25PM arriving 4:40AM (+1 day)
With such an early arrival in Buenos Aires you may be able to make it into the city by lunch, assuming you don’t have have too many things to negotiate import taxes on. 😉
Anyway, this is rather exciting since Aerolineas Argentinas is part of SkyTeam, and they’re otherwise quite weak in South America.
The service launches right during the peak season, and award availability is incredibly easy to come by. Virtually every single day has business class award space.
Air France’s Flying Blue website is the best place to search for award availability, and if they show “Classic Award” space it should also be bookable using Delta SkyMiles, though you’ll have to call.
If you’re looking to book a ticket using Delta SkyMiles, it will run you 100,000 miles in business class or 60,000 miles in coach. There are mild fuel surcharges of around $150 roundtrip, though that’s entirely reasonable compared to what’s charged in other markets.
Anyway, if you’re still looking to travel to South America this December/January, this is by far your best bet, in my opinion.
(Tip of the hat to Rapid Travel Chai)