Business Class Fare – LAN Airlines: US – Easter Island, Chile. About $1,100 + Fare To Mexico City. Stopovers in Lima / Santiago de Chile allowed.

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LAN Airlines – the very large airline group in South America has a great business class fare from Mexico City to Easter Island for about $1,100. The fare allows for an unlimited number of stopovers in South America.

Let’s start with a simple itinerary from the US to Easter Island with a brief layover in Mexico City. We will then work toward adding stopovers so that you can visit Lima (and potentially Machu Picchu) and/or Santiago de Chile.

If you don’t want to start in Mexico City, this fare is also available for about $100 more from:

  • Tijuana (good for those in Southern California – you might be able avoid the whole positioning flight altogether)
  • Monterrey
  • All these will connect through Mexico City. The flights from Tijuana / Monterrey to Mexico will be operated by Aeromexico under LAN codeshare.
Easter Island, Chile. (c) 2011 The Fight Deal

Easter Island, Chile. (c) 2011 The Fight Deal

Basic – Tools to Finding this Itinerary

What You Can Do With this Fare Illustrated.

Map by GCMAP.COM (c) Karl L. Swartz

Map by GCMAP.COM (c) Karl L. Swartz

You can stopover in Mexico City, Lima, Santiago de Chile and potentially Buenos Aires before going to Easter Island or vice versa. In Lima, you can do a separate trip to Machu Picchu for example. This fare is very flexible!

Easy Itinerary – Visit Mexico City + Easter Island.

This will be the easiest itinerary to ticket. To do this is simple:

  • Buy a ticket from where you live to Mexico City. Mexico City tends to be expensive, but it should be no more than $700. So for less than $1,800, you can fly to Easter Island, plus potentially visit Mexico City, Lima, and Santiago de Chile. That’s a great deal especially since most of the travel is in LAN’s very good business class seat.
  • Here’s a fare from Los Angeles around the dates that we found that have availability from Mexico City to Easter Island. If you have miles, use them instead.
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$331 Nonstop from Los Angeles – Mexico. It’s Coach, but its a manageable flight in Coach.

  • Then look for availability from Mexico City to Easter Island. Here’s a screenshot of the ITA Search:

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  • It should result in this:
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Very good availability – but it’s deceptive. ITA And LAN has sync’ing issues — so it is not all true. But it gives you a good sense of where availability is.

So now that we found availability, let’s do our standard deal sheet and then do a stopover itinerary in Lima.

Sample Travel Date:

  • Los Angeles to Mexico City
    • October 9th – 18th
  • Mexico City to Easter Island
    • October 9th – 16th
  • We put a 8+ hour layover on the outbound to ensure we make our connection. On the return, we have 2 days to spend in Mexico City

Fare Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • I

Routing:

  • MEX – LIM (Lima) – SCL (Santiago de Chile) – IPC (Easter Island) – SCL – EZE (Buenos Aires) – LIM – MEX

Mileage:

  • 14,118 status miles or 7.1 cents per mile (for a business class fare, this is great) or 17,645 redeemable miles or 5.7 cents per mile.  LAN is a member of the Oneworld Alliance and is an American Airlines partner. This fare will earn 125% redeemable mileage with American and 100% elite status miles.
12,933 Mexican Pesos or $1,015 USD at 12.7 MXN to $1USD

12,933 Mexican Pesos or $1,015 USD at 12.7 MXN to $1USD

How to Ticket:

  • The fare rules states the fare must be issued in Mexico, meaning, we need to find a Mexican online travel agency. Expedia has a Mexican site – Expedia.com.mx – so we used that.
  • Use dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and ticket on Expedia.com.mx
  • If your espanol es mal, use Chrome which has an auto-translate feature — we will do some Expedia.com.mx screenshots for you in Spanish for those users on Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer
Pretty self explanatory

Pretty self explanatory

 

Complex Itinerary – Stopover in Lima or Santiago de Chile

There’s no easy way to search for this fare. You just need to plug in dates and play around to get it. You are basically looking for segments in I class.

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So use the multi-city functionality on ITA to find availability. Then go to Expedia.com.mx and use the “Varios destinos” to search for it.

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Here’s an itinerary with a stopover in Lima. Lima is our favorite city for food in South America.

  • Mexico City – Lima. October 9th (remember, Mexico uses an international date format of DATE / MONTH / YEAR)
  • Lima – Easter Island. October 12th
  • Easter Island – Mexico City. October 16th

We have managed to do stopovers in both Lima and Santiago de Chile. Buenos Aires is possible as a stopover point as evident by the simple itinerary above, but we cannot find availability.

Lima and Easter Island for 13,520 MXN or 1,064 USD. Fantastic deal in Business Class!!

Lima and Easter Island for 13,520 MXN or 1,064 USD. Fantastic deal in Business Class!!

There you have it. We think Easter Island is something everyone should cross off their bucket list. The team is glad we traveled there in 2011, also in Business Class with LAN.

Some caveats that we want to point out:

  • DO NOT CALL THE AIRLINE OR TRAVEL AGENCY if you run into an issue finding / ticketing this fare. LAN, ITA and Online Travel Agencies’ systems are not perfectly sync’ed in real time. Use a different date or travel agency. We use Expedia.com.mx as an example. Travelocity.com.mx is the Mexican version of Travelocity.
  • Read the above!!!
  • Ask us questions on Twitter (our response will be terse) or Facebook (if you want longer response)

Enjoy your trip!

Comparison between Business and Coach Fare:

Coach is more expensive than Business. LAN is funny like that  sometimes– the same thing happened when they priced the Business Class sale from the US to Santiago de Chile, rest of Chile and Buenos Aires in April.

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Background Information:

Mexico:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN) $1USD = 12.78 MXN

Chile:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Entry Fee on Arrival – $160. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP). $1USD = 502 CLP

Peru:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Peruvian Nuveo Sol (PEN) $1USD = 2.7 PEN

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

H/T to the legendary CokeandTaco on FlyerTalk for the find.

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19 Responses to "Business Class Fare – LAN Airlines: US – Easter Island, Chile. About $1,100 + Fare To Mexico City. Stopovers in Lima / Santiago de Chile allowed."

  1. Ken says:

    I just booked this a couple of days ago. A great fare!

    I’m flying SJC-LAX-DFW-MEX-LIM-SCL-IPC (stop)-SCL (stop)-MEX (stop)-LAX-SFO in early October

    for $1079 + 25K AA miles (for positioning flights US-MEX and vice versa). *WIN!*

  2. KFM says:

    Great find. I’d jump on it but already scheduled to go to IPC in Nov. using Avios.

  3. KY says:

    Is 7 days the maximum length of trip allowed? It seems the sample itinerary only allows you to visit LIM and IPC because you cannot really do much in SCL within only a few hours.

    • TFD says:

      @KY: No, you can stay for longer than 7 days. What we have up is a sample — there’s way too many combinations for us to possibly list. Per the fare rules:
      – Unlimited stopovers (to see all possible stopover points, you will need a subscription to either ExpertFlyer or KVS)
      – Travel must include a flight from Mexico to Peru
      – Minimum Stay: 5 Days
      – Max Stay: 12 Months (this does not mean you can actually purchase a ticket that is 12 months after your departure since most carriers only have fares 330 days out)
      – Ticket must be sold in Mexico

      If you want to see more about the fare rules, please read the article linked above on Fare Rules. Hope this helps.

  4. Riot Nrrrd™ says:

    Appears to be gone now. Same dates/range is returning $1,457 instead of $1,096 🙁

    • TFD says:

      @Riot Nrrrd – just tried it on Expedia.mx for October travel. It is still showing 13,000ish MXN which is about $1100. You must use Expedia.com.MX. When we use Expedia.com, it was $1,400ish.

      • Riot Nrrrd™ says:

        I see, said the Blind Man. Thanks TFD!

        P.S. But is it true that I’d have to drive down to TJ (from LA) to get on Wifi someplace to actually make the purchase? The FlyerTalk thread wasn’t clear.

  5. Jho says:

    Thank you! Just got in on a flight in Nov. Please advise whether one will be charged the $160 reciprocity fee if you’re transiting thru SCL? Under the state department site, it mentioned that the fee is only charged at Santiago International Airport.

    • TFD says:

      @Jho: transiting through is if you are going to another country (example – going to Argentina without entering Chile). With this fare, you ARE not transiting through Chile. Easter Island is part of Chile, so you will go through immigration and customs in SCL to catch your Easter Island flight. You will have to pay the $160.

  6. Harlan V. says:

    Got in on this as well. Booked it on lan. com – and it priced out at $1010.

    MEX-LIM-EZE-SCL-IPC-SCL-MEX. 14,051 miles + 100% bonus since I’m Platinum on American + class bonus. An incredible amount of miles. I’ll build in a few days in MEX on the return to NYC.

    Thanks for posting this. Worked like a charm after I played around with it for a while. Got it to price out at expedia.com.mx but then checked on lan.com and was surprised to get an even better price.

    • TFD says:

      @Harlan V. — cool. We had issues with on lan.com.mx to get it to price correctly. But good to hear that you got a good price. Have an awesome trip.

      • Harlan V. says:

        I selected the exact flights that were shown on the Matrix site. Worked like a charm. I saw that on the return, I could’ve added another 1,000 miles (and 2 connections), but opted for a direct SCL-MEX flight for the same price.

        Thanks guys!

  7. Chris says:

    Anyone knows what are the changes cost? Is this refundable?

    I got on this but not sure I can make it.

    Thanks

  8. Torsten says:

    LAN is my favorite airline in South America. The international
    operations feature a great business class product and are usually
    on-time. That isn’t true for the Argentina domestic operations which are
    a mess with long delays.

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