SULUK From Switzerland, joined Jul 2005, 115 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4304 times:
I am planing to fly standby with LAN to IPC/Easter Island from SCL beginning of June. Is there any airline employee who has done that before and could give me some advice?
I'm particularly interested in average load factors during this time and LAN's nonrev policy (dress code, upgrade in case Y full...). And is it likely to be left behind due to weight limitations on this route (probably rather westbound than eastbound).
Any help/advice/suggestion is greatly appreciated!
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5455 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
Just an errant thought. Could your plans be changed to route PPT-IPC instead. I have no idea of actual load factors, but IPC is Chileian terrority and as such offical traffic would be substantially confined to SCL-IPC, so IPC-PPT would have more and more reliable space.
If you are actually comming from Greenland you maybe able to non rev on TN JFK-PPT and return. This service reportedly has relatively low load factors.
SULUK From Switzerland, joined Jul 2005, 115 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4008 times:
I'm not really from Greenland - it's just an amazing country...
Good idea to approach Easter Island from PPT but this does not really
match my travelplans... Moreover we don't get any interline tickets on
TN and I think flights out of LAX (AF and TN) are pretty full any time.
I will just have get on the Island from SCL.
Hb-iqa From Switzerland, joined Dec 1999, 46 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3969 times:
I have failed once in a non-rev attempt SCL-IPC but succeeded in a routing PPT-IPC-SCL. I think in June there are less tourists but also less planes. I flew in November and it was not full at all PPT-IPC and pretty full IPC-SCL. I also had tickets to escape IPC in both directions. Ultimately my route flown was ZRH-NRT-PPT-IPC-SCL-LIM-LAX-ZRH. It is a pity you can't nonrev on TN (but can you on AF?)
Best advice is to go for it but have an alternative plan ex SCL if you can't get out to IPC. There are lots of other interesting places in Chile to visit.
SULUK From Switzerland, joined Jul 2005, 115 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3864 times:
Thanks very much, Hb-iqa, I will also take tickets to escape via both SCL and PPT, we can nonrev on AF (we have pretty good agreements, but somehow not on TN...). But my plan is really to go from SCL and also fly back to SCL because it's actually just a short trip over from Chile, I also want to see other places in Chile. How long lasted your stay on the island?
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3774 times:
I have heard that it is very difficult to get back fro IPC to SCL, especially when Papeete is in the heaviest part of tourist season. From what I have read, even revenue passengers in IPC are sometimes denied boarding because of overbooking. Much of the traffic from Papeete is continuing on to Santiago. Also be advised that the flight is not daily in the off season. So, if you miss it, you could be on the island for a while. LanChile's flight is the only scheduled service to Easter Island.
Hb-iqa From Switzerland, joined Dec 1999, 46 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3725 times:
I spent approx 72 hours on Easter Island. I would have liked to remain slightly longer but took the opportunity to take a flight on which I knew spare seats were available. I found the Lan Chile office on Easter Island very helpful in giving me the loading info for the forthcoming flights so I could make a realistic decision as to when to leave again.
On the island, I would recommend wholeheartedly to travel around independently. There are various options - walking, horseback or 4x4 jeep. The jeep option gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom although there is no insurance possible. It enables you to be alone at the major sites - slightly spooky to walk around Ranu Raraku or Ahu Tongariki at dusk and be the only human amongst the giant Moai.
If you have nonreved a lot, you will be quite aware of the risks and inconveniences you have to put up with. But I still have the opinion that you have to go for it - as long as you have alternative routings and are somewhat flexible with your travel dates.
SULUK From Switzerland, joined Jul 2005, 115 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3606 times:
Thank you very much for your detailed information Hb-iqa! 3 days is also about
what I plan to stay on Rapa Nui. And I will have enough time, so I'm flexible
as far as the return flight is concerned. And yes, I have nonreved a lot, so I'm well aware what can happen... But somehow, I like the risk
Do you know if it's easy to get a cheap accomodation upon arrival on the island or would you suggest to book something in advance?