Post-Olympics flights to South American gateway city Santiago, Chile are available for $1125-1460 from most capital cities. There are also a number of Business Class deals to Rio, Sao Paolo, and Buenos Aires from $4449.
With both the Business Class and Economy deals, from Sydney, you can get direct flights with Qantas.
From other cities, many connect through Auckland with Emirates on an A380, then fly to Santiago with LATAM (the amalgamated Chilean LAN and Brazilian TAM airlines) on a 787 Dreamliner.
Depart: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Hobart
Arrive: Santiago, Chile
Return: Same as departure city (or open-jaw tickets found for $7+ more, e.g. Melbourne to Santiago, then returning to Sydney)
Dates: September to November 2016
Stops: Direct from Sydney, via Auckland and/or Sydney from other cities
Airline: Qantas, LATAM and Emirates
Cost: $1125+ return in economy
From Melbourne for $1125:
From Sydney for $1128:
From Brisbane for $1135:
From Adelaide for $1193:
From Hobart for $1299:
From Perth for $1460:
Booking link: Go to Expedia to make your booking
Business Class Deals
Fly on LATAM’s B787 featuring flatbed seats, operational on their Sydney – Santiago legs as well as various regional flights within South America.
- Fare permits Qantas operated services between SYD and SCL on LATAM flight numbers
- Travellers can utilise this fare to explore LATAM’s extensive network within South America at minimal additional cost. This is a huge benefit of booking via an agent. As an example, Luke has quoted a fare for AUD$4989 from Melbourne with stops in Lima, Iguazu, Rio and Buenos Aires in the one business class fare.
- Some international flights within South America operate a premium economy cabin in place of a business
- Most domestic flights within South America offer only an economy
- Must be booked and paid in full by May 23rd
- One free stopover permitted at transfer points; additional stopovers permitted at USD$100
- Valid for travel 01JUN16-31MAR17
Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. Fares may disappear quickly, so we suggest booking as soon as you are confident in your travel dates.
British Airways announced yesterday that they are launching the longest flight in their network, from London Heathrow to Santiago, from January 2017, and wrote the following about the city:
As the capital and economic centre of Chile, Santiago is a lively and vibrant city and its mild winters and very warm summers make it an ideal year-round destination. There is a wealth of things to see and do, including museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and events throughout the year. Must-sees include the Parque Metropolitano, the Cerro San Cristobal, which provides breath-taking views of the city, the Plaza De Armas, Catedral Metropolitana and the Mercado Central, the city’s bustling central market.
Santiago is an excellent gateway from which to discover the rest of the country. With its close proximity to the Andes mountains, as well as coasts of the Pacific Ocean, it’s an ideal destination for skiers and sun worshipers alike. Mountain climbing, hiking and bike tours are available for sports enthusiasts, with cooking classes and wine tasting tours making for a more relaxed break. And those looking to explore even further can travel onward to Easter Island.