Updated on September 4, 2016
Updated on September 4, 2016
Travel, for me, is about the sense of adventure in seeing something novel. So naturally, the most out of reach, out of touch, obscure places are going to be the most interesting to me. Like islands in the middle of nowhere.
The Pacific islands can be more accessible with miles than one might think. Fiji, Rarotonga, Guam, Saipan- these are all places we’ve seen and all accessible with miles. For some reason places like that are covered.
But what about the incredibly unique islands off of South America? There are two in particular I’ve got in mind, and perhaps you can guess.
The first one is a destination we were lucky enough to see back when it was a bit more accessible with miles. Back before British Airways was distance-based and back when they considered Easter Island part of South America.
Well, it’s not as easy to get to with miles now, but I’ll go over the ways you can still make it happen. (The only miles related options that I’m aware of in fact).
There is no such thing as a direct flight to Easter Island from the U.S. So all of the below options will require you to route through South America. But here are the prices/options that you can keep in mind as you earn miles.
*All prices are listed as roundtrips from North America in economy class
Easter Island is about as spooky and novel as islands come. So even though Drew and I got in on a great deal, if we hadn’t yet checked it off the bucket list, these are not prices that would stop me.
I’m really excited about this! We have never been to the Galapagos Islands because they were hard to get to with miles. But now it’s possible!
Basically two airlines fly to the Galapagos Islands (pretty much just from Quito, Ecuador or Guayaquil, Ecuador.) Those airlines are TAME, (not to be confused with TAM) which does not appear to be part of any of the major alliances, and AeroGal.
AeroGal is in the process of becoming Avianca Ecuador, and thus if you have miles with a Star Alliance member, you can book a flight to Galapagos with these miles!
*Again, prices are listed in roundtrips from North America in economy class
As is true with any of my Star Alliance searches, I recommend using United’s award search tool to figure out what routes are available. The only Galapagos airport that United will allow me to plug into their search engine however is SCY, the San Cristobol airport. I’m not sure why, as it appears that AeroGal also goes to the Baltra airport. Not that this really matters because there are daily flights with AeroGal (Avianca Ecuador) to the SCY airport. Does that make much of a difference with scheduling/availability? I don’t know.
Hopefully someday I’ll get to fly there and share about that experience. In the meantime, if anyone has flown to Galapagos on miles (or at all) please share your experiences below!