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A reader asked me how to find partner space in South America. This is how to do it in general.
I’m thinking of swinging through Argentina in January. In addition to seeing Buenos Aires I’d like to see the Iguazu Falls. They look absolutely incredible and as luck would have it LATAM flies from Buenos Aires ( EZE ) to Iguazu Falls ( IGR ). There are two airports at Iguazu; one airport services Argentina, and the other services Brazil. Since I know for certain Argentina doesn’t require a visa for US citizens and I can use points to fly into it I thought this would be a perfect time to show you how I’m looking for space. Let me walk you through how I’m using British Airways to search partner award availability in South America which is simply a template of how to do it in general.
Here’s the reader’s question.
Mark has a home in Chile, but can never find space to get their on the AA website. This is a very common complaint and one that has to be worked around using another search engine…British Airways is a great place to search partner award inventory. The partner he would like to fly is LATAM.
Let’s use my potential trip as an example of how to find space. If I were to search for flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls on the AA website I’d get this:
Have no Fear. I will teach you how to find flights on partners to get you to places like The Sheraton Iguazu Falls. 12k SPG. Y to the ES, PLEASE. As luck would have it, LATAM flies here.
Let’s walk through Step by Step how to find if space is available.
Step 1. Executive Club —-> Spending Avios
Step 2. Find Reward Flights and Click Book a Reward flight
Step 3. You’ll see Book Flights with Avios
Step 4. Lo and BEHOLD! 7 SEATS. AA said nothing was available. You just beat the system 😉
Now You’ve found space. Which program do you use to book?
The First Option would be to use British Airways Avios. 7500 Avios +$36.55
This would be my go to for these flights. Avios are fairly easy to earn as they are transfer partners of both Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex.
The Second Option: if you’re like Mark and have loads of AA miles. You could redeem 10k AA
Third. Maybe you’d wanna use Alaska Air for 12.5k
Remember: If you have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards you could use the current 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios. This mean you could snag that flight for just 5500 Avios.
If you are looking to book these flights with a partner like American ( Like Mark asked), simply write down the flight number and use it specifically when you call in and speak with a rep. Wanna come off like a pro? Use the phonetic alphabet. Hope this helps!