web Musings of The Global Traveller

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How to get to | Chile

This blog post is how to get to Chile the country. There is another post on how to get to Easter Island specifically.

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.


Source: Vincent Huang

There are buses from all neighbouring countries. By sea there are ferries from Argentina in the far south, plus cruise ships on the Patagonia and Antarctica circuit. There are not many airlines which fly to Chile (and these mostly to Santiago). These include:
  • Star Alliance - Air Canada
  • Oneworld - American, Iberia, LAN
  • Sky Team - Aeromexico, Air France, Delta
  • Other selected - all major South and Central American airlines

TIP Intra-South America air travel sold in South America is cheaper than the same flights sold on US or international websites or travel agencies. Eg for LAN use the Chile homepage (in Spanish) rather than the international website.

TIP South America is difficult to include on a Star Alliance RTW due to lack of a connection across the Pacific Ocean. Consider taking a side-trip (separate ticket) from North America on other airlines.

TIP The LAN airline group has hubs in Santiago, Lima, Guayaquil and Buenos Aires. If a direct flight intra-South America from Santiago is not available for reasonable fare or award, try routing via one of the other hubs. Note business class is limited to flights operated by A340 or 767.

TIP Some LAN domestic flights may use international terminals, at Santiago and elsewhere, due to the continuing or originating international leg.

TIP For travel between Australia/NZ and South America fares are fairly high and award availability limited - especially in business class. Check all the options, including codeshares and starting in NZ. Availability may differ between Sydney and Santiago (via Auckland) compared with between Auckland and Santiago, and may differ between LAN and the QF codeshare.


Carla said...

I can't wait to go to Chile while it still holds the title of having the worlds largest swimming pool...soon to be overtaken by Egypt.
Keep up the posting!

RG said...

Why is Star Alliance always listed first? Weird.