I also flew with Taca in Biz once to SJO and every time after that I flew down there I went with Avianca, that was Biz Class. Taca to EZE is a 3 stopper and on a narrow body i booked a flight to SCL in coach last miles left but really if I had a choice Id rather fly to SA on a wide-body. Im 6'2' and I found that BIZ on Taca didnt offer too much in space yea better than the back but Id take any US carrier for the seat in and of itself over Tacas. Service= Attention to you and your wants/needs Taca will beat the US carriers. With Taca as was with AV they feel if youre up front you are Mr/Mrs Big Bucks and didnt know that I was on a free tkt or if they did they surely didnt show it or let me know it.
Im gonna use either my AA or DL miles to get to EZE as I want a wide-body and Im still thinking about not using teh tkt to SCL on Taca, but will probably do it anyway, only a 5 day trip 2 are wiped out cause of the flying so it'll be 3 days to walk around SCL.
Programs: AA Lifetime Plat, WN CP, Latin Pass Bonus
It is a long haul from most US airports to EZE. Usually night flights to SJO, a long layover, then on to Lima, and then to EZE - getting there about 3:30am. Did it in Feb 05 and going again in August.
If you are in SJO for over 5 hours, get a transit pass to get out of airport and go to a small B&B and get some rest and a shower ( I used the La Rivera - they pick you up). Get back to SJO airport 1 hr 15 in advance to process transit pass and thu security. You should already have boarding passes and only carry on.
If less time, go to Denny's about 200 yds away, near the rental cars and Hampton Inn. An excellent restaruant to hang in. Even free Wi-Fi.
Flights are not as good as back in million mile runs. Food not as good. Ground service still the pits in most locations.