Skyteam member Alitalia offers some decent priced tickets from its home country to South America. Tickets from Naples to Santiago de Chile are sold as low as €440, while a departure from other Italian cities is possible at €506. Each trip includes a layover in Rome and a checked by up to 23kg. Adding bags increases the cheapest by fare €80 on Alitalia’s website.
The following airports are part of this offers:
Alitalia sends a Boeing 777-200ER from Rome to Santiago de Chile. It features a rather dense 3-4-3 seating in economy class, but personal entertainment screens in every seat.
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Fare rules state that this offer will expire on September 23, 2019. It is valid for flights between November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 – but availabilities can only be found in 2020. A minimum stay of at least three nights or a night from saturday to sunday applies as well as a maximum stay of one month.
You can find these flights on Google Flights (instructions). Prices there are a little bit higher than those you’ll find in our flight search – it is still the best way to find out on which days prices are lowest. You can book the lowest fare via an OTA or for €80 more at alitalia.com.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Please note that Alitalia is in constant financial trouble, leaving the future of the airline in jeopardy. While we are positive that your flights will take place, you might wanna think twice before spending a large amount of money on these tickets.
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Information & Tips for Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile is the capital and most important economic center of Chile. With its 5.6 million inhabitants, the city is also a key cultural center which attracts numerous tourists thanks to its location near both the coast and the Andes Mountains.
From the Airport to the City Center
Two different airport busses, CentroPuerto and TurBus, run from the airport to the city. The fare is about 3€ per person and the journey takes about 30 to 50 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Credit cards are accepted when buying a ticket at the airport counter.
Unfortunately, none of the two buses take you directly into the city centre. The buses from CentroPuerto go to the “Los Héroes” station, from there you can walk to the central Plaza de Armas in about 20 minutes and a transfer to the metro is also possible quite easily. A taxi is a bit faster and costs approximately 20€.
Best Time to Travel
The best weather conditions for sightseeing and other touristic activities are in spring between September and November and in autumn between March and May. Temperatures during these months are moderate and rainfall is low.
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