Conclusion: Vacation Run to Santiago, Chile

Where we ended up spending most of our time.

The terrace where we ended up spending most of our time.

Usually when I do vacation runs, they are a little longer. This one was especially brief, due to the time of the year. Overall though, the trip met its requirement. That was, to get my wife nearly enough miles to requalify for Executive Platinum (she has since qualified).

The Cost

As far as my costs? I burned 62,500 miles each way. In hindsight, it was probably a bit wasteful, and had we been flying the 777-300ER, I would have just booked a business class award. My wife on the other hand booked a revenue ticket, using vouchers, and burned a Systemwide Upgrade (SWU) to join me in First Class. As far as the hotel, we burned points for one night, and the second night paid the going rate, which translated to ~$225 USD.

Wrapping Up

Overall, we enjoyed seeing Santiago in a rather brief visit. In hindsight, I do wish we had made it to Valparaiso, as it does look gorgeous, as a friend of ours, Lubos shared. But, the trip certainly left us with enough of a taste of Santiago, to want to return.

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