Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto (Posted in several parts because of MP photo restrictions in a single post) I booked the trip nearly a year earlier. This was to be my 11th end of year in Chile. How life has changed in that time. It was to be the 9th annual New Year's Eve with a good friend in Chile - 2 of those years have been in Puerto Montt, and the remaining years in Santiago. Each of these trips has been on LAN (previously Lan Chile), and every longhaul segment has been in a premium cabin. I've been from north to south of Chile and many points in between, many times, and now, Buenos Aires is a regular part of these trips. (The trip report of about a year ago tells the back story.) This trip begins the night before the trip, at the Holiday Inn SFO, where the room rate including 2 weeks of parking cost less than just two weeks of parking by the airport. My Platinum status got us a non-descript but decently appointed room on an executive floor, along with two bottles of water and some cookies. As the attached restaurant is a gag and vomitous culinary delight, we wandered across the street to the Four Points SFO for some eats, along with a drink, and a pleasant chat with the bartender, who was from Peru, a nice coincidence just hours before a flight to LIM. After the ZZZZZzzzzztime was over, it was off to SFO. A trip from SFO just always seems to start better when it departs from the International Terminal. Bright, airy, uncrowded. Although the weather was pea soup, the inbound aircraft was able to land earlier that morning, which was a good sign for an ontime departure. And we were off to the LAN check-in counter. The nice thing about flying an airline at a smaller station is that you get to see familiar faces, even when you may only fly a few times a year. I was on LAN's inaugural SFO flight and the familiar, friendly, and helpful faces are a welcome sight. Check-in was efficient, security line was almost non-existent, and we were off to the lounge. LAN still uses the BA Terraces lounge. It remains a pleasant space, with quite slim pickins in the food offerings. CX used to share this lounge at approximately the same hour, and there were more selections, but now they have moved to their own facility. Given the temporarily earlier hour of the flight (moved up due to madrugada LIM runway repairs), I had expected something of a continental breakfast spread. Instead, the little sandwich bits came out about an hour-something prior to flight time. The usual packaged goodies were out. The lounge attendant for LAN was delightful, and went above and beyond the call of being nice. Finally, it was boarding time, and we boarded right from the lounge. The LAN airport supervisor came onboard, where we had a nice chat, a pre-departure beverage arrived (LAN continues to not have a license to serve liquor on the ground @ SFO), and we were off to LIM Cuando vuele con mis alas volare hacia ti For maybe only the second or third time ever, the LAN crew offered pre-meal drink orders. Typically, you had to specifically ask for one, otherwise the first beverage came when the initial set-up came. I hope this is the start of something new. I also wish this crew would have continued to be as nice after the meal service as during the meal service. Alas, that was not to be. Another service point is that this segment doesn't pass out a water bottle after the meal service. The northbound segment does (and both directions from LAX seem to, with the LA, not LP, crew). The meal was the standard LAN fare. The champange and nuts came out in relatively short order. Then came the starter trays Then came the main course, without a picture (they all seem to look the same after so many flights). Then came the dessert The crew was serving this as if it was a ship that just hit a reef and they wanted to complete the service before the ship sunk. My main course came out while I was still eating the appetizer, there was no place for it on the tray, and the flight attendant seemed a little put off when I requested she take it back until I was ready (which she did). A movie, some more wine, some chocolate, some lying down (without any sleep) and it was almost time for the pre-arrival snack. The earlier flight time really makes any attempt at a nap almost impossible for me. LIM arrival time was about 10:00 PM, which was 7:00PM home time. I eventually requested some water from a flight attendant in the galley. Mee-oww. Sorry to ask. But, I did receive the water. For the LAN-uninitiated, LAN doesn't repeatedly pass through the galley with water. In fact, they never do.