LAN Peru, the Lima-based carrier, recently announced that they would launch flights between Lima and Washington Dulles Airport. This represents LAN Peru’s fifth US destination, after Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Orlando. The new route finally become bookable yesterday, and award space is readily available on it.
LAN Peru will launch flights between Lima and Washington Dulles as of May 2, 2016. The 3x weekly flight will be operated by a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring 18 business class seats.
Via airlineroute.net, the new flight will operate with the following schedule:
LA2800 Lima to Washington departing 9:00AM arriving 5:50PM
LA2801 Washington to Lima departing 11:30PM arriving 6:20AM (+1 day)
The route will operate in both directions on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.
As I hinted at above, the good news is that LAN seems to have two business class award seats and seven economy class award seats on every flight between Washington and Lima, between when the route launches and the end of the schedule (the best place to search for availability is through the British Airways award search tool).
LAN has fully flat beds in business class on their 767-300s. While the seats aren’t especially wide, it’s still a perfectly comfortable ride for the ~7 hour flight between Washington and Lima. I flew the same type of plane on LAN Argentina between Miami and Buenos Aires and back a couple of years ago.
The best way to book this on miles would be through American AAdvantage. They charge 30,000 miles for one-way business class between the US and South America Zone 1, which includes Peru. Best of all, the cost of this award doesn’t go up with the March 2016 AAdvantage devaluation.
For the same number of miles you can include travel anywhere within Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Manaus (Brazil).
This could be useful if you’re trying to visit Machu Picchu as well, as it’s just a short flight from Lima to Cuzco.
I’ve long wanted to visit, and especially have wanted to stay at Tambo del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection property.
DC otherwise isn’t a very strong city for oneworld, so this is a great option for those in DC with American miles who are looking to head south. LAN can often be stingy with business class award space, so it’s awesome to see two business class seats per flight.
To DC based readers, anyone planning on redeeming miles for LAN’s new flight between Dulles and Lima?