Aerolineas Argentinas reward with DL miles

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  1. thegrailer
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    Has anyone ever booked one of these? Easy? Hard? I know it is sort of new but I am looking at some intra-Argentina flights and they are a bit too expensive for my tastes. 20K round trip isn't that bad if I can find what I need.
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    It's a new partnership, so not much experience out there. You will have to call Delta and search for award space (I don't know of a way to search online).

    Keep in mind that you can use Avios for LAN flights within Argentina. 4500 Avios one-way, better than 20K Skymiles one-way.
     
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    4k is better than 20k except when you don't have Avios :( [or when your routing fits with Aerolineas much better]

    Aerolineas shows up on Expert Flyer and there seems to be room. Looks like Salta and Iguazu Falls now make the trip list.

    I'll report back after DL bends to my will and books these for me :D

     
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    Yea Argentina is clogged by Aerolineas flights. It is only by luck that the Chilean-based LAN is allowed to fly as many intra-Argentina flights as they do still amazes me.

    I look forward to hearing your experience booking Aerolineas with SkyMiles and wish you luck when dealing with the gate agents.
     
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    I booked a couple flights with Skymiles last week in Aerolineas and it is for most of the flights (if not all) 20k round trip. Not that bad at all! Looking forward to use them :)
     
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    uggg. What am I in for with the GAs?
     
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    Which flights are not 20k? I am already planning my next trip and where I can get good use for my DL miles. Might even be tempted to get a SunTrust account for my next flight if this works out.
     
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    4M (Lan Argentina) is a separate operating company, based in Argentina, apparently 51% Argentine-owned.
     
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    I am being told 30K. Is this a call back until I get the answer I want?

     
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    20K rt for Y, 30K rt for F/J for intra-Southern South America (Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Paraguay; Uruguay)
     
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    ExpertFlyer is pulling up economy tourist class. That is 20k round trip - correct?
     
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    What's the routing?
     
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    AEP-SLA-IGR

    IGR-AEP

    I am getting the it has to be a "natural" stop on the way
     
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    SLA is not a valid stopover between AEP-IGR. The stopover only works if it's on a natural routing between the 2 cities.

    For one thing, AEP-SLA-IGR is 1491 miles, way above the MPM of 800 miles.

    You could do AEP-SLA, SLA-IGR (open jaw between IGR and AEP) for 20K Skymiles, then IGR-AEP for 4.5K Avios if you have those. AmEx/Chase both transfer to BA.

    IGR-AEP is the shortest segment of the 3, so it should work with open-jaw rules.
     
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    there is AEP-SLA-IGR routing

    http://argentina-airline-news.blogspot.com/2012/03/austral-starting-route-connecting.html

     
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    That's not the same as a valid fare routing. You want to purchase a trip from AEP to IGR. SLA is not a valid stopover on that flight. You can buy a one-way from AEP to SLA and a one-way from SLA to IGR, but not a AEP-IGR with stopover in SLA.

    The "routing" you describe is simply a way to travel between smaller cities in Argentina without the need to connect at Buenos Aires.
     
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    Help me here. Why isn't it valid? It is a stop over. I am allowed 1 stop over - correct?

     
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    The DL agent will route this

    AEP-MDZ [stopover] - IGR

    IGR-AEP

    what is different b/w this and the SLA routing?
     
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    My guess is that Aerolineas Argentinas does not have a fare from AEP to IGR that allows a stopover in SLA. Thus, since it's not within any fare rules, you can't have a stopover there.

    A similar situation would be if you wanted to fly between Atlanta and New York with a stopover in Chicago on Delta. Even though Delta flies ATL-ORD and ORD-JFK, they don't have a valid fare rule that allows routing via Chicago between Atlanta and New York.
     
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    See above - but a stop in MDZ is valid?

     
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    Does AR fly MDZ-IGR without a stop?

    Edit: I see one that goes MDZ-SLA-IGR ... now this is just ludicrous. Something is up with those Delta/AR computers ...
     
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    Yes
    AR also flies SLA-IGR without a stop

     
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    so is AEP-SLA-IGR valid based on the MDZ-SLA-IGR routing

     
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    Then this looks like HUACA (Hang Up And Call Again). By the rules, SLA shouldn't really be a valid stopover, but by the rules, neither should MDZ. If MDZ is allowed, then SLA looks like it should be too ...
     
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