On February 1, 2017, we finally took our last intercontinental flight, as we flew on LATAM 800 from Auckland to Santiago.
LATAM is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, meaning we could continue using the American Airlines miles we used to get into and around Australia in style. With some foresight, we made sure to book our flight before March of 2016, when prices increased substantially. Prices have increased by over 60%, but at the time, we booked our incredible business class flight for only 50,000 AAdvantage miles per person! (In today’s prices, this flight would cost 82,500.)
Perhaps the most fun part of this flight was this statue watching guard over the Auckland airport.
For this flight, LATAM uses the wonderful Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It’s a really spacious and quiet plane, and the coolest part may be the electronic window shades that have no moving parts but rather just use a button for dimming and lightening.
After reaching Santiago, we spent just a few days there. We did our best to relax and recuperate from our nonstop month in New Zealand, staying in as much as we could and working on our blog and expense tracking. I do have to give a shoutout to the chacarero, a Santiago specialty sandwich that includes a guacamole spread on steak or chicken, with tomatoes and green beans right inside. I first discovered it in Boston years ago and now eat them whenever I see them on the menu!
Santiago also gave us a chance to catch up with our friend from New York, Ander. Ander graciously hosted us at his family’s farm a few hours south of Santiago, and we had a fantastic evening of great wine, great food, incredible company, and cuddling with some new puppies. Muchas gracias, Ander, if you’re reading!!