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United starts flying to Santiago, Chile in December. Here’s how award space looks.

by on Mon September 1, 2014 • No Comment


Santiago, Chile is a fantastic and safe city, full of great food and easy access to the natural beauty of the Andes or the Chilean coastline. And United is joining Delta and American in offering its own flights there starting December 7th, from Houston to Santiago nonstop each day. That’s great news because traditionally it’s been tough to get down there using miles on Delta or American’s flights at reasonable prices.

What will it cost?

With United’s new flight you can get there on days with Saver space available for 30,000 miles each way in Economy and 55,000 miles each way in Business Class.

If you want to pay cash you’ll have to pay over $1,200 roundtrip on most dates, so this is a great opportunity to use your miles for big savings.

How does award space look?

There’s lots of space if you want to fly Economy. Just about every day through May has space for two people available, with the exception of some gaps around the holidays, but even then it’s possible to make something work if you’re flexible.

While there is some Business Class space available going down to Santiago, there is almost none returning from Santiago. You’ll have to fly in coach, or try this trick to get first priority wait-listed for Business Class using your miles.

In the calendars below days with yellow have Economy Class available at the Saver award price, days in Green have both Economy and Business, while days in Blue have only Business Class available.




When are the flights?

United’s flight departs Houston daily at 9:05 p.m. and arrives in Santiago at 9:40 a.m. the following day. The return departs Santiago daily at 10:45 p.m. and arrives in Houston at 5:40 a.m. the following day.

Pair this up with Buenos Aires

United’s Star Alliance partner Air Canada has a convenient flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires you can book with United miles.

And you can include it for the same price as a basic roundtrip from the United States to Santiago.

So for example you could fly from the U.S. to Santiago, stay for several days, then fly to Buenos Aires, stay there for several days, and return to the U.S. from Buenos Aires all for the same price.


Where to stay?

With points and miles, most hotel programs have options in Santiago. The Grand Hyatt for 8,000 Gold Passport points (which you can transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards points) or Sheraton Santiago for 10,000 points are the most accessible. Here’s the resort style pool at the Grand Hyatt, a great option for a Winter getaway from the U.S. while it’s Summer down in Chile.

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