While I’ve been to Santiago, there are quite a few places in Chile I’d still like to visit — in particular, Easter Island and the Atacama Desert.
As a miles & points enthusiast, getting to Chile in a decent premium cabin product can be challenging. That’s because LATAM is pretty stingy when it comes to releasing award space, at least if you don’t have miles with their own program — partner award space is nearly non-existent, especially for two seats.
Perhaps the best way to get there is to book a paid ticket to Santiago. As an Executive Platinum member with American I can book economy and upgrade to business class, or maybe I’m even better off just trying to fly premium economy, so I can finally review it. Then it’s not too tough to book flights within Chile.
Easter Island is a good distance from Santiago — it’s about 2,400 miles, which is roughly the same distance as a US transcon. Award space between Santiago and Easter Island is quite limited.
While I don’t mind being in economy for a flight like that since it’s not too long, it’s worth nothing that LATAM has excellent business class fares between Santiago and Easter Island… but only if you book through their Chilean website.
For example, through the end of the schedule I see roundtrip business class fares between Santiago and Easter Island starting at 348,812 Chilean Pesos, which is roughly ~540USD.
You basically have your pick of flights at those fares.
As a point of comparison, making that same reservation through LATAM’s US website would cost nearly double as much.
LATAM has a solid business class product on their 787, with fully flat beds in a 2-2-2 configuration.
Food and service are generally pretty good as well. I’ve only flown LATAM Chile between Madrid and Frankfurt, but had a great experience with them.
Paying ~$540 for the equivalent of a roundtrip US transcon in business class is great, and this certainly may encourage me to book my Easter Island trip sooner rather than later (since the order in which I travel is largely motivated by award opportunities).
Anyone else tempted to take advantage of these great LATAM business class fares to Easter Island?
(Tip of the hat to nk15)