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Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

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For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money. … Read more »

To Brasilia? Sao Paulo to Brasilia on TAM and the Lounge Situation at Congonhas (CGH)

When I booked my Brazil flight, flights in and out of Brasilia or Sao Paulo were the same price. I’ve always been a bit of an urban planning nerd, as well as a 20th Century art and design nerd, and Brasilia had long fascinated me as a city completely built… Read more »

Four Nights in Brazil Conclusion: IGU-GIG-JFK on TAM Coach, exploring GIG, and AA Upgrade Shenanigans

I was originally scheduled to take an early morning flight from Foz do Iguassu to Sao Paulo, then fly Sao Paulo to Lima, Lima to JFK, overnight in JFK, then fly to DCA in the morning.  The schedule changed such that my connection in Sao Paulo was 40 minutes, which… Read more »

Four Nights in Brazil, Part 4: One Side of the Falls:  TAM from Rio (GIG) to Foz do Iguacu (IGU), the Wyndham Golden Tulip, and the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls

This is Part 4 of a series of trip reports on my November trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. In this post, I’ll cover my trip from Rio to Foz do Iguacu, and my stay on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Note, there is no traffic at… Read more »

Four Nights in Brazil, Part 2: the Priority Pass Lounges of SCL and SCL-GIG on TAM

This is Part 2 of a series of trip reports on my November trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. I had remembered from the one other time I connected at SCL that, despite the terminal being just one long corridor, it’s a long walk from the plane to… Read more »

Four Nights in Brazil, Part 1: AA-enabled Drunk on DCA-JFK and JFK-SCL on LAN’s 787

This is Part 1 of a series of trip reports on my November trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls To start my trip to Brazil, I had to get myself to New York. I fly AA’s DCA-JFK route probably 10 times a year, and it’s never been very… Read more »

Trip Report: Four Days in Buenos Aires, and Back to NY

Buenos Aires is a city with not a lot of must-see sights, but certainly a lot of explorations.  In my 3.5 days, I was able to wander a good portion of the City’s very distinct neighborhoods. On my first day, after checking in at the Intercontinental, I made my way… Read more »

Over the Andes and into Mendoza

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After two days in Santiago, it was time to head over the border into Argentina. Mendoza was a bit of an accidental destination for me.  I had really wanted to go to Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego.  Oddly, LAN never releases any award seats to its partners on flights to… Read more »

Off I Go! LAN Airlines Business Class JFK to Santiago

Note : This Post is the first of several in a series chronicling n 11-day trip through Chile and Argentina, with airfare mostly paid for using British Airways miles. Flt.  LA 533, Dep. JFK 7:40pm, Arr. SCL 8:10am , Business Class (BA Award Ticket) My journey to South America began… Read more »