Travel Tips & Advice on “airlines”

From Atacama Desert to Upscale Providencia in Santiago

TIP: LAN Airlines allows passengers to check in and get seat assignments 48 hours before a flight; earlier if a premium flyer with them. It is an easy ride from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport and an equally easy 1:50 minute flight to Santiago leaving the fantastical Atacama Desert behind. Security in the small airport […]

FLASH! Finnair Business Class Seats on Sale

Not only does Finland’s national carrier Finnair have a moment-of-madness sale on Business Class tickets right now, but they have decided to tie up with chefs from leading restaurants to offer Signature Menus on its long-haul business class flights from Helsinki effective January 2015 through Spring 2016. Finnair will also be offering special menus in 2015 to welcome […]

FLASH! United to begin flying to Santiago, Chile

No longer will stick-like-glue to United Airlines flyers in North America have to fly an inconvenient routing like we did during this tour. United is beginning new nonstop service from Houston to Santiago, Chile during the ideal time for a visit! Hooray. But darn, why is it always after I’ve already “been there, done it.” Not only that […]

LAN Airbus-320 Economy Santiago to Calama, Chile

LAN and TAM is part of the Latam Airlines Group and a member of Oneworld, an alliance of 12 airlines which is why we have never flown LAN before. But since only LAN and Sky Airlines fly from Santiago to Calama, jumping off point for the Atacama Desert, there wasn’t much of choice; LAN is […]

Hot off the press Air France fares to Dubai!

WOW — Just in from Air France, 24 hour sale on fares to Dubai today only, October 22,2014 for Travel between November 1 through December 12, 2014 Flash Fare to Dubai! 24 Hours OnlyOf course all kinds of restrictions apply but take a look at these fares… Houston – From $849 New York – From $899 Boston […]

Singapore Airlines A380-800 – World’s Largest Passenger Aircraft

I’m a “glass is half full” person and the upshot of having our United Airlines flight from Singapore to Tokyo cancelled (after rising at 3:00a for a 6:00a flight to Narita Airport) was a chance to fly on Singapore Airlines A380-800, the largest passenger plane in the world. Not only is it the largest passenger […]

Santiago, Chile Information

Santiago’s one airport for domestic and international flights is Arturo Merino Benitez just referred to as Santiago International Airport and located approximately 17 kilometers/10.5 miles northwest of downtown.  Public transportation to and from the airport is either by taxi, minibus or airport bus. Arriving at Santiago International Airport. After landing in Santiago at 12:05a (yes, that’s […]

Flying Copa Air Business Class Chicago to Santiago, Chile

All International visitors to the United States who’s first Port of Entry is Chicago, will land at Terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport. However, departing internationally from Chicago is a different matter depending on your carrier; American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and many Star Alliance carriers leave from Terminals 1, 2 or 3. Today […]

What to Know about Planning Travel to Chile

International Air? There are no nonstop flights from Chicago to Santiago on United Airlines, our carrier of choice. The best we could do, factoring in flying time and cost on a Star Alliance Partner was… Are you ready for this? COPA Airlines Chicago-Panama City, Panama City-Santiago in both directions and in Economy Class. A United […]

It’s Time to Revisit Chile

There are so many places to travel, explore and revisit that every year I turn to spouse Marine Steve and say, “You know, we’ve never really explored (fill in the blanks).” It’s not necessary to tune-up the world’s smallest violin but winter is a particularly difficult time to arrange a reasonably priced escape from Chicago’s […]