Member since 04 Aug 2016
Total posts 4
Hi All,I am looking to travel late next year to Buenos Aires.Â What would you consider some decent options for getting there in J?Â Based in Adelaide, however don't mind departing from other cities in Aus!Thanks in advance :)
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 171
Doing the opposite trip in December with Air New Zealand - EZE->AKL->BNE.
The Air New Zealand 787 has a great 1-1-1 seat configuration on the main leg, and looks to have a great wine list as well. I picked it up relatively cheaply as part of a round the world trip ($6k BNE->SYD->DEL->FRA->LIS->GRU->EZE->AKL->BNE) so I'm not sure what the costs are like for a return trip.
Your other bet is LATAM/Qantas via Santiago. Latam's product is good, though Qantas' is dated on that route. I think LATAM might also stop in Auckland.
Other luxurious options would be Qatar/Emirates via the Middle East, but that is a ridiculous detour.
Member since 30 Jul 2015
Total posts 52
aerolineas argentinas used to fly to sydney via auckland from Buenos Aires but not anymore :(
Member since 14 Feb 2017
Total posts 77
Via QF/LATAM: SYD/MEL -> SCL -> EZE (both hard products are similar 2-2-2 config - although with Latam you get the new 789 vs QF on the 747)
Member since 14 Dec 2016
Total posts 57
Air NZ is your best bet, as it is the only option that has 1 stop from Adelaide to BA
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 20 Oct 2016
Total posts 3
Air NZ is a good product, flew last year June in Premium Economy... comfortable seats, good food/service and auckland airport is a breeze
Member since 22 Jul 2017
Total posts 6
Flown this route from SYD many times via LAN, Aerolineas (when they used to fly to SYD, I still have nightmares about their aircraft) and Qantas. My personal preference is Qantas on the 747 as it's a straight hop to SCL then connect to anything headed to AEP or EZE (AEP makes for easier transit to down town in Buenos Aires IMO). I prefer this route rather than LAN which is SYD-AKL-SCL-EZE/AEP.It's really about what preference you want in relation to alliance and hard product, I would say LAN with 787 would probably be the best of the 3 options if you don't mind the stop in AKL. Service as with most South American airlines is generally OK in J and hit and miss in Y, don't expect anything out of this world on that side of things.
Member since 31 Aug 2015
Total posts 86
Air NZ would get my vote too. Tried and tested, would recommend it.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 385
seems that everyone is tipping for an 'eastward' journey ex ADL, with either QF/LAN or NZ (all good choices). Since you've not indicated your primary FF preference or how 'time-specific' your trip is, here are some additional, different suggestions:
Member since 01 Mar 2012
Total posts 201
I use Air NZ from BNE. Even if you flew LATAM you have to fly through Santiago as well as another stopover. At least with Air NZ you can fly ADL/AKL/EZE.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 23 May 2013
Total posts 24
Remember Air NZ is switching some of their ADL-AKL flights so the 787 so you may be lucky and get the Dreamliner the whole way!
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 431
Do note with Air NZ that unless you join their FF (Airpoint $) system, you won't earn any VFF points past NZ to South America.
So yes, the 787 on some days from ADL - AKL direct is good, and from AKL to EZE bypassing MEL/SYD/BNE, but you have to join Airpoint $ to make it worthwhile.
VFF has made a change that flying on any route, that is apart from TT on (Air) NZ, no VFF points, worst no VFF SC!
Flying even on transit via the US needs you get an ESTA with a fee of USD$14!
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
Once Velocity's changes come in re: Air NZ, you'd probably be better off
joining Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (SQ being a Star Alliance partner
of Air NZ) and earning KrisFlyer miles, which can then be converted into
Velocity points. Doesn't help you earn Velocity status, though, but
gets you the points at least, without having to touch Airpoints.
Member since 06 May 2013
Total posts 1
One lesson that I learned (the hard way) is that domestic flights in South America are very expensive - far more expensive than you may be expecting.
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