TAM Airlines: JFK – Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Less than $640. Roundtrip. All In.

By now, you all probably realize that the team here really likes South America as a holiday destination. The food, cultural and the night life in Buenos Aires is awesome. While Santiago does not have the same vibe as Buenos Aires, just outside of Santiago have great wineries and some of the best beaches in South America. At less than $640, Santiago and Buenos Aires is a STEAL!

October and November is the end of the Spring for South America. The weather is getting warmer and is the perfect time to go.

Tango in Buenos Aires.

TAM Airlines is the largest airline of Brazil and is a member of the Star Alliance. Miles flown can be credited to United, Continental or US Airways

Sample Date:

  •  November 17th – 23rd. Limited date availability – good for travel from October 5th – November 30th. Must purchase by October 5th. Use http://matrix.itasoftware.com and flexible month search to find exact availability. Use the advance routing search tip we provided yesterday to find only TAM Airlines flights — the airline code for TAM is “jj.” So in the advance routing code field, enter “jj+”


  • Santiago: JFK – GRU (Sao Paulo) – SCL (Santiago) – GRU – JFK
  • Buenos Aires: JFK – GRU – EZE (Buenos Aires) – GRU – JFK


  •  Santiago: 12,742 miles or 5.0 cents per mile ($638)
  • Buenos Aires: 11,629 miles or 5.4 cents per mile ($630)
  • The fare is booked in W class. W class earns 100% with United but only 50% with US Airways. You should credit this flight to United since it about the mileage required for an one-way domestic award ticket.

Bookable on Orbitz.com. Use the booking tip we provided yesterday for Tel Aviv fare to search only TAM Airlines. Find the availability on http://matrix.itasoftware.com and input those exact dates on Orbitz with TAM as the preferred airline and you will find the fare.

Background Information:


  • Visa: US Citizens do not require a visa, but a $140 reciprocity fee is charged on arrival.
  • Currency: Pesos. $1 USD = 4.2 Argentinean Pesos.


  • Visa: US Citizens do not require a visa, but a $140 reciprocity fee is charged on arrival.
  • Currency: Pesos.$1 USD = 519 Chilean Pesos


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