Today, I embarked on a crazy 5 day mileage run vacation that involves me stepping out of the airport into Mexico City in Mexico, Lima in Peru, Buenos Aires in Argentina, and Santiago in Chile. I booked a round-trip LAN MEX-EZE fare for $129 (taxes included) and used 20,000 Avios for LAX-MEX round-trip. This is pretty much a Part 2 of the crazy $129 LAN mistake fare, but with a few twists. Check out my full trip report of Part 1 of my mileage run vacation to Mexico City and Buenos Aires.
Introduction to Mexico City, Lima, Buenos Aires, and Santiago
Alaska Airlines LAX-MEX 737-800 First Class
Four Points by Sheraton Colonia Roma Mexico City Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Xochimilco in Mexico City
The Sights and Sounds of the Scouts of Xochimilco in Mexico City
The Sights and Sounds of UNAM in Mexico City
The Sights and Sounds of Mexico City By Night
The Various Eats in Mexico City Part 4
Aeromexico MEX-LIM 737-800 Economy Class
LAN Airlines LIM-EZE 767-300 Business Class
Sheraton Libertador Buenos Aires Hotel Review
Sheraton Buenos Aires and Convention Center Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Microcentro in Buenos Aires Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Recoleta in Buenos Aires Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of San Telmo in Buenos Aires Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires
The Sights and Sounds of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires
The Various Eats in Buenos Aires Argentina Part 2
Buenos Aires Airport LAN Airlines Oneworld Lounge
Buenos Aires Airport Star Alliance Gold Lounge
LAN Airlines EZE-SCL A320 Economy Class
The Sights and Sounds of Santiago Chile Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of the Downtown Santiago Chile Part 4
The Various Eats in Santiago Chile Part 3
Santiago Airport American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge
Santiago Airport LAN Airlines Neruda Salon VIP Lounge
LAN Airlines SCL-MEX 767-300 Economy Class
Alaska Airlines MEX-LAX 737-800 First Class
My first leg is LAX-MEX on Alaska airlines where I will spend 18 hours in Mexico City before heading to Lima. In Lima, I will have a short 6 hour layover where I plan on heading into the city for some local Peruvian food. I will then fly Aeromexico from Lima to Buenos Aires where I will spend two nights in the city. I will then fly LAN from Buenos Aires to Santiago where I have a 10 hour layover and venture into the city. Then, I will fly LAN from Santiago to Mexico City where I will spend 24 hours and overnight before catching a super early flight back to Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines.
My complete trip will look like this: LAX-MEX-LIM-EZE-SCL-MEX-LAX
I will be earning 2,629 Delta Skymiles miles on MEX-LIM. I will earn 500 AA miles (25% intra-South America) on LIM-EZE, 500 AA miles (25% intra-South America) on EZE-SCL, and 4,085 AA miles on SCL-MEX. In total, I will be earning 7,714 (2,629 on Delta and 5,085 on AA) miles at a rate of 1.6cpm. In reality, I don’t care about Delta MQM’s, so I’m just going to be earning 5,085 EQM’s on AA at a rate of 2.5cpm which is still not bad.
Factoring my 100% Delta Gold Medallion bonus, I will be earning 2,629 MQM’s and 5,258 redeemable Skymiles (worth $52.58 at 1cpm). I will also be receiving 100% bonus miles since I am an American Airlines Executive Platinum member. I will earn 5,085 EQM’s and 10,516 redeemable miles on American Airlines which I value at $210.32 at 2cpm).
Basically, I spent $129 on this crazy LAN MEX-EZE mistake fare and I’ve earned back almost $262.90 worth of redeemable miles. No wonder the airline hates mileage runners.