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It’s been almost 6 full weeks since my last international (points-funded) trip and I am getting antsy. What better time for a ridiculous routing award through South America and into the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
It was a sad day for me last year when British Airways transitioned to Avios. While there are some great values to be had in the new program, the pricing rules prohibit any sort of crazy Barrow-like adventures. Fortunately, I was able to lock in one of the old British Airways programs ‘wow’ routings before the switch. I call it a ‘wow’ routing because pretty much every BA phone agent I talked to (I booked variations of this award 3 times) says, “Wow, I didn’t think this would work!”
12000+ miles of flights for 40000 miles
Bridging old and new award charts
Now for those award chart history buffs, you will notice the LIM-CUZ-LIM route probably wouldn’t fly as a legal routing with the old BA agents. I actually bridged old with new for this trip and booked this part of the award using the new Avios short-haul focused award chart. For whatever reason, the LAN flights for this one hour flight generally run 400-600 USD round trip. With the new Avios program, availability is excellent and the total comes to 9000 Avios round trip plus about 13 USD taxes.
I’ll be honest while extremely excited for this trip, I am going in blind. I really don’t have a lot of background knowledge on these destinations. I booked this routing because I thought it was hilarious you could fly all these places for only 40K British Airways miles and ~100 USD in taxes total. For the old 100K BA credit signup plus a couple retention bonuses from Chase by threatening to cancel the credit card, I was able to book tickets for myself and both my parents to the most remote airport on earth! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
I need suggestions!
That being said, I need help! I don’t know a thing about Lima, Machu Picchu/Cuzco, Easter Island or Santiago. I will be redeeming points for stays at the JW Marriott in Lima, Tambo Del Inka (Luxury Collection) near Machu Pichu/Cuzco, Not sure yet in Easter Island and the W Santiago in Santiago.
Have you visited any of these destinations? What are the must see attractions? Any words of wisdom?