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Easter Island - is this possible?

Old Aug 9, 05, 12:23 pm
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Easter Island - is this possible?

I'm trying to finalize my OW award booking to South America. As it stands right now: MIA-GRU-EZE-SCL-LIM-MIA, just under 10K miles total which gives me an F award for 120K AA miles.

I decided to throw in Easter Island. I thought of doing it on a seperate ticket either revenue or miles. Well after I discovered the cost I changed my mind. ~$800 or 100K for Y, 125K for J and 150K for F.

But, if I were to throw in Easter Island(IPC) between SCL and LIM on my OW ticket, the total mileage would go up to around ~13.5K, which would only raise the price of the OW award ticket by 30K miles to 150K AA miles total and for F to boot.

This seems like the obvious way to go, but I'm thinking there has to be some kind of a catch.

Anybody has some info or suggestions, are there restrictions for this destination? I will call AA and request the addition but before I do I just want to be armed with knowledge that it's possible.

Thanks
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Old Aug 9, 05, 12:33 pm
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The only minor issue is that you are paying for F and getting J on the segments SCL-IPC-SCL. Other than that SCL-IPC-LIM is within the rules, backtracking and all.
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Although if you ask nicely enough at the counter on both ends (useful to get to the airport a bit early) they'll put you in the F cabin on the IPC run.
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Old Aug 9, 05, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Toofewmiles
Although if you ask nicely enough at the counter on both ends (useful to get to the airport a bit early) they'll put you in the F cabin on the IPC run.
Especially to IPC. On the way back, the flight originates in PPT and, in my experience, the F seats are all snagged by the folks originating in PPT.
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Old Aug 9, 05, 4:27 pm
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I got there about oh, 90 minutes before the flight, and the guy at the J counter was really surprised I knew to ask for it (thank you to some Flyertalk IPC thread!). Probably helped I asked partially in spanish, but I guess I got lucky too given the PPT issue. Not as much fun full as it was on the way out where I think it was just two of us up front...then again, not as much fun as the way down where the two of us had two FAs (and their great reputation is well deserved, even si hace diez anos que estudiar espanol!)
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Old Aug 10, 05, 6:03 pm
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Well, it is possible. Here is the itn:

AMERICAN AIRLINES
1805 TPA Tampa 02/28/2006 08:27 PM MIA Miami 02/28/2006 09:22 PM First 3E

AMERICAN AIRLINES
995 MIA Miami 02/28/2006 11:20 PM GRU Sao Paulo 03/01/2006 09:20 AM First 2A

AMERICAN AIRLINES
951 GRU Sao Paulo 03/01/2006 11:30 AM GIG Rio De Janeiro 03/01/2006 12:27 PM First 2A

BRITISH AIRWAYS
247 GRU Sao Paulo 03/09/2006 07:00 AM EZE Buenos Aires 03/09/2006 09:40 AM First 2A

LAN CHILE
622 EZE Buenos Aires 03/16/2006 11:40 AM SCL Santiago 03/16/2006 12:55 PM Business 6D

LAN CHILE
833 SCL Santiago 03/22/2006 05:05 PM IPC Easter Island 03/22/2006 08:25 PM Business 1D

LAN CHILE
842 IPC Easter Island 03/25/2006 01:20 PM SCL Santiago 03/25/2006 08:05 PM Business 2D

LAN CHILE
600 SCL Santiago 03/25/2006 09:35 PM LIM Lima 03/26/2006 12:15 AM First 1D

AMERICAN AIRLINES
2110 LIM Lima 03/31/2006 08:36 AM MIA Miami 03/31/2006 02:10 PM Business 1E

AMERICAN AIRLINES
1266 MIA Miami 03/31/2006 06:05 PM TPA Tampa 03/31/2006 07:10 PM First
3E

Total cost = 150K miles and $164 taxes and fees (~13,500 total miles)

I was able to get 1D on the IPC outbound, but not on the return.

I eliminated the London longhaul. I do get to try BA F for about 3 hours on the GRU-EZE segment.
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Old Aug 10, 05, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by andrzej
Well, it is possible. Here is the itn:

AMERICAN AIRLINES
1805 TPA Tampa 02/28/2006 08:27 PM MIA Miami 02/28/2006 09:22 PM First 3E

AMERICAN AIRLINES
995 MIA Miami 02/28/2006 11:20 PM GRU Sao Paulo 03/01/2006 09:20 AM First 2A

AMERICAN AIRLINES
951 GRU Sao Paulo 03/01/2006 11:30 AM GIG Rio De Janeiro 03/01/2006 12:27 PM First 2A

BRITISH AIRWAYS
247 GRU Sao Paulo 03/09/2006 07:00 AM EZE Buenos Aires 03/09/2006 09:40 AM First 2A

LAN CHILE
622 EZE Buenos Aires 03/16/2006 11:40 AM SCL Santiago 03/16/2006 12:55 PM Business 6D

LAN CHILE
833 SCL Santiago 03/22/2006 05:05 PM IPC Easter Island 03/22/2006 08:25 PM Business 1D

LAN CHILE
842 IPC Easter Island 03/25/2006 01:20 PM SCL Santiago 03/25/2006 08:05 PM Business 2D

LAN CHILE
600 SCL Santiago 03/25/2006 09:35 PM LIM Lima 03/26/2006 12:15 AM First 1D

AMERICAN AIRLINES
2110 LIM Lima 03/31/2006 08:36 AM MIA Miami 03/31/2006 02:10 PM Business 1E

AMERICAN AIRLINES
1266 MIA Miami 03/31/2006 06:05 PM TPA Tampa 03/31/2006 07:10 PM First
3E

Total cost = 150K miles and $164 taxes and fees (~13,500 total miles)

I was able to get 1D on the IPC outbound, but not on the return.

I eliminated the London longhaul. I do get to try BA F for about 3 hours on the GRU-EZE segment.
Was it not possible (or did you not want) to use LA on the USA/South America flights? Although it would add a bit to your travel time, I'd have tried to route MIA-SCL-GIG (via GRU, but same flight number) on LA and, on the way back, LIM-SCL-MIA on LA.

In any event, a great itinerary! I'm jealous.
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Originally Posted by PresRDC
...I'd have tried to route MIA-SCL-GIG (via GRU, but same flight number) on LA and, on the way back, LIM-SCL-MIA on LA...
Either MIA-SCL-GIG or LIM-SCL-MIA, yes, but not both, I think, because of the max 2 connections 1 stopover rule, since the OP is already doing EZE-SCL and IPC-SCL.
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Originally Posted by PresRDC
Was it not possible (or did you not want) to use LA on the USA/South America flights? Although it would add a bit to your travel time, I'd have tried to route MIA-SCL-GIG (via GRU, but same flight number) on LA and, on the way back, LIM-SCL-MIA on LA.

In any event, a great itinerary! I'm jealous.

The EXP agent was great and I wasn't sure about the rules so I believed her. She said that I'm only allowed 2 connections in the same city, including a stopover. I thought, still think (I'm researching it now) that I'm allowed 1 stopover AND 2 connections in the same city. If she's correct I can't use SCL anymore because of IPC. If I'm right (anybody wants to chime in here ), I will change the return to LIM-SCL-MIA on LAN.

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The return has been changed ^

LAN CHILE
563 LIM Lima 03/31/2006 03:10 PM SCL Santiago 03/31/2006 07:30 PM Business 2D

LAN CHILE
500 SCL Santiago 03/31/2006 09:25 PM MIA Miami 04/01/2006 04:55 AM First 1D

AMERICAN AIRLINES
1724 MIA Miami 04/01/2006 07:50 AM TPA Tampa 04/01/2006 08:48 AM First 3E


And the taxes and fees dropped to $135 ^
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Old Aug 16, 05, 2:55 am
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Does anyone know the AA codeshare flight #s for SCL/IPC? AA.com states that IPC is a codeshare destination, yet I can find no AA designator for this route either on AA.com or oneworld.com (but there does appear to be one for IB).
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Old Aug 16, 05, 3:00 am
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Old Aug 16, 05, 3:08 am
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Originally Posted by Viajero
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Thanks, and IPC/SCL?
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Old Aug 16, 05, 3:10 am
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Originally Posted by virtualtroy
Thanks, and IPC/SCL?
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does anyone know what type of oneworld award would be needed to do a similar itinerary from SFO? SFO-LAX-GRU-SCL-IPC, etc?
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