The Atlantic coast of Colombia is a very pretty spot. It has non of the crazy crime rates of Medellin or Bogota and has a wonderful tropical climate.
American Airlines (some flights are with US Airways/ LAN codeshares) has put up a sale from Vancouver to Barranquilla for just $396.78 RT incl. all taxes and fees.
As long as your flights are on AA or US planes you should get 100% miles. For LAN domestic flights only 25% of miles are awarded – so make sure you get an international leg on LAN.
Fare Class for this trip: TBD
Miles to be flown: ~8,000 (depends on routing)
Where to credit your miles: 100% AAdvantage, see above
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Hotels for this trip
hotelscombined.com compares dozens of hotel websites – this is usually where I start my hotel search.
trivago.com has even more hotel sites to search from.
agoda.com – this Priceline subsidiary has great customer service and awesome rates, especially in Asia.
marriott.com – Marriott has the best BRG in the industry and has over 4,087 properties in 80 countries.
hyatt.com – Hyatt has some of the best properties worldwide – my favorite hotel chain if I could always afford it!
ihg.com – usually awesome promotions and earn rates – I love IHG.
hilton.com – Hilton has a wonderful global footprint and it is hard to find a place in the world without one of their hotels.
starwoodhotels.com – Starwood has some truly amazing properties and a wonderful elite status program.
radissonblu.com – Radisson and Club Carlson have very competitive prices and a huge footprint in Europe and parts of the US.