Tag Archives: Santiago

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 »

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 »

Hotel Review: Radisson Plaza Santiago

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(I’ve decided to break up my review of my hotel in Santiago and the City itself into two separate posts.) The Curse of a Great Hotel strikes again.  As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes the trouble with staying at a great hotel is it makes your next stay at a perfectly… Read more »

Trip Report: Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and the Sheraton Miramar

I decided to start my South American adventure in Viña del Mar, often simply referred to as “Viña”, a  summer beach resort town about 1.5 hrs Northwest of Santiago, right on the Coast.   I’m very glad I did, and it was a great way to start a vacation.   I… 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 »