Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 13186 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4977 times:
United's South America network is a shadow of its former self. Less than ten years ago, United flew nonstop from the U.S. -- mostly MIA -- to Caracas, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. However, increased competition from other U.S. carriers expanding in the region (namely Continental and Delta) and the continual challenge of having to go up against the 800 lb. gorilla (namely American) which so handely dominates the region, forced United to recede, which was a smart business decision. Today, United has only three daily flights to the region -- daily nonstop service from Chicago and Washington to Sao Paulo, with a connecting flight to Rio de Janeiro, and a daily nonstop flight from Washington to Buenos Aires, continuing on to Montevideo.
If you're trying to get to Santiago and still get United miles, ordinarily you would just fly to GRU and connect onto a VARIG flight to Santiago. However, with VARIG's present situation, I would never buy a ticket on them for fear I'd lose the value of the ticket, plus lose the reservation itself and have to seek alternative options. In this case, you're best bet is probably to fly Montreal-Miami-Santiago with a single stop on American or fly Montreal-Atlanta-Santiago with a single stop on Delta, although the Delta piece from to Atlanta would be on an RJ most likely. Or you could always fly on Air Canada via Toronto, and you could still get your Star Alliance miles, but it has a limited schedule and would require a second intermediate stop at Buenos Aires on certain days of the week.
Canib7599 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4922 times:
Wow, this is quite a suprise. AC flies daily YYZ-SCL-EZE, and apparently have already run out of available redemption seats, hence my interest in their Star Alliance partner UA. Do not have enough points to fly on AA or DL....many tks for yr replies..it surely helps.
Picarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 314 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4850 times:
I would suggest checking out the *Alliance website. You can check scheduling and routing options for your desired itinerary. It will show you all *A connection possibilities.
I encountered the same problem last year when trying to redeem United miles to SCL from DEN. One option that I found was taking UA to GRU and connecting to LH onward to SCL. However, I believe LH has, or will soon, discontinue service to SCL.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8097 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4686 times:
I don't know if this is of any help to you, but how about you book the UA IAD-EZE-IAD flight with your points and then just find a cheap way (i.e., LA, AR, or a European carrier) to fly between EZE and SCL?
MD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3152 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4633 times:
Quoting EddieDude (Reply 9): I don't know if this is of any help to you, but how about you book the UA IAD-EZE-IAD flight with your points and then just find a cheap way (i.e., LA, AR, or a European carrier) to fly between EZE and SCL?
AC, AF, LA and AR are all in the same price range. Around 300 dls (tax incl.)
Gastón - The MD11junkie
There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
In the FWIW department.
AmEx has been throwing non-stop bonus mile opportunities at me on my SkyMiles card.
They have their standard Always Double Miles, but I am seeing promotions like:
-- 20% bonus SkyMiles on all purchases any time I spend more than $5,000 in a single month.
-- Double Miles on everything for 3 months.
-- IIRC there was also like a 25% Spring Bonus or something
I have heard of some people getting triple miles promotions for a couple of months.
Plus DL has a deal with Avis that scored me about 2,500 SkyMiles on my last road-trip.
I'm mentioning all this because when you add all of that up with the 17,500 SkyMiles that you get just for signing up for a card, you can rack yourself up a free trip very quickly.
If you already have some SkyMiles, this could really do the trick.
I have earned 51,855 SkyMiles so far this year, and I've only taken 5 short flights with them.