oneworld member LAN will be flying Los Angeles to Santiago, Chile (where they have a whole route network beyond to elsewhere in the region) 3 times a week between October 16 and March 25 operated by a Boeing 787.
The aircraft offers 2-2-2 fully flat seats.
Per One Mile at a Time award availability is wide open. He points out as many as 7 business class seats per flight.
I didn’t do a search for 7 seats, but had a look at 4 business class seats and see availability in both directions for November and through mid-December. Here’s November:
- You can use American Airlines miles to connect through Los Angeles, to Santiago, and beyond to elsewhere in ‘South America 2’ for 50,000 miles each way in business class. Note that AA.com does not show LAN award space. Search using the British Airways or Qantas sites then call American to book.
- You can use Alaska Airlines miles to fly from Los Angeles, or from any city where Alaska airlines flies to Los Angeles, to Santiago, and beyond to elsewhere in South America for 45,000 miles each way in business class.
- You can use British Airways Avios with no fuel surcharges. Since the flight is 5569 miles, that puts you into the 5501 to 6500 mile band that costs 90,000 Avios each way and of course that only buys you the one flight segment.
American lets you put an award on hold for up to 5 days, so you can lock in the award you want and then buy points you need with the current discount offer or even in many cases transfer from Starwood Preferred Guest.