The two SkyTeam members KLM and Air France are currently offering discounted tickets for business class flights from Italy to Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires. You can choose between various airports of departure, such as Rome, Venice, Milan or Bologna and prices for a round-trip start at €1,434. The availability for this deal is decent more or less all year round.
The flights to Santiago de Chile are sadly no longer available. Luckily, you can still book the flights to Buenos Aires.
No matter which airport is the most convenient one for you, prices are more or less identical. By the way: you can reduce the number of stops for most trips to only one, if you decide to pay a little extra.
Depending on the carrier you choose, your first layover will be in Paris or in Amsterdam. At the carrier’s hub, you will board the aircraft that is operated on the long-haul segment. Some connections include two stops on the way back to Europe, so you might have to change plans again in South America.
KLM, as well as Air France, has an up-to-date business class product with lie-flat seats and direct aisle access on their Boeing 777 and 787. Have a look at these two flight reports if you need some input to decide which airlines you should give preference to:
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The fare rules don’t give any indication as to how long this dal could be available. Also, there is no restriction to travel times. We’ve been able to find trips all year long, except for December.
The minimum stay requirements are six days or at least the night from Saturday to Sunday. And if you want to, you can spend up to 12 months in South America before returning to Europe.
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.
Tickets for the European short-haul segment will be issued in booking class J, the long-haul flights in class O. Unfortunately, the trip between Europe and South America won’t earn you any miles at all. Only Flying Blue will credit you on a revenue base.
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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