Using LANPASS for flights in South America

Posted on February 16, 2013 by in Travel Deals

That LANPASS is a good award program for short awards is no secret but I finally got it to work for me yesterday.

My itinerary is Buenos Aires – El Calafate Roundtrip (just to see the Perito Moreno Glacier) and a one-way trip from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls.

These flights, though rather short, will cost $800 and are only flown by LAN and Aerolinas Argentinas. However they are available for 'just' 58,000 LAN Kilometers for my dates.

The LAN Award chart is here.

LAN increases the kilometers needed based on demand. It's a good system since the step ups are smaller (no doubling or tripling as with Delta). So the award chart just shows the minimum. Also odd even if inventory is available in the lowest bracket it does not necessarily show for partners like BA.

58,000 Kilometers translates into 24,000 Starpoints (since there is also a 5,000 bonus). So it's almost 4 cents per Starpoint in value that I'll get from this redemption. Twice what I'd expect Starpoints to be worth.

One annoying thing is that LAN has a rather strict rule that an Open-Jaw must end in the same zone as it started. Plus they do not have one-way awards. So I have to waste a leg but it's still a good deal with an airline I trust and like for the dates I want.