Aerolineas Argentinas Business Class Review

Aerolineas Argentinas is a bit of a running joke in Argentina. They are usually late – if they fly at all. There are often work stoppages. They have been hemorrhaging state money for years. People try and find any other airline to fly if they can. Well, things may be looking up…

I had previously written about using Delta SkyMiles to fly Aerolineas Argentinas to Buenos Aires and how there was a ton of award availability with Aerolineas. I finally had the chance to fly business class (Club Condor) on their new(ish) JFK to EZE route  last month and was pleasantly surprised. (I did have to tell my wife it was a Delta flight, as she was worried about me flying Aerolineas Argentinas.)

Both flights were on time, and the one from JFK to EZE even got in at least an hour early. Supposedly they have an excellent on-time record for this route.

The new Airbus A330-200 planes that they’re flying on the EZE to JFK route are really nice. The business class section has soft blue lighting, built-in entertainment centers and lie-flat seats. I can honestly say that these were the most comfortable business seats I have flown in so far (vs Delta, American and AeroMexico). I was able to lie on my side, partially curl up and sleep for a good 5-6 hours, which is pretty impressive for a flight.

The food was good. Nothing to write home about, but perfectly acceptable. Service started a bit slowly as they did not offer drinks at boarding, but the flight attendants were around regularly once the flight was in the air.

A great benefit of flying business class is that you can use the British Airways lounge at JFK as Aerolineas does not have their own. This lounge was spacious with a self-serve bar, including draught beer on tap. If only I had known, I would have gotten there earlier! On the Ezeiza side, I opted to visit the new American Express Centurion Lounge rather than the Aerolineas Lounge which I had been to before. The American Express Lounge is great, but way too crowded. On the two times I have been there, I had to wait to find seats both times.

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Slingbox 350 – Great deal today

Amazon has the Slingbox 350 on sale today for only $99. This is the lowest price it has ever been, and a good time to pick one up.

We’ve previously written about the Slingbox and if you have someone in the US with a cable subscription you can use, it’s a great way to get US television in Argentina to your computer or mobile device. Of course, you’ll also need a shipping address in the US to send it to.

We’ll be upgrading our older model for this price and selling the old one on eBay. Ours sees a lot of use during college football season.

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Greenpeace vs Vitamina Argentina

vitamina greenpeace argentina 300x300 Greenpeace vs Vitamina ArgentinaSeems that Vitamina plans to destroy more than 14,000 acres of forests in Salta, Argentina and Greenpeace is on a mission to stop it. They have posted a viral video stunt that shows how quickly Vitamina can destroy forests.

In addition, they are urging people to write to the owners of Vitamina to protest and also tweet to their spokesperson, Olivia Palermo, letting her know your thoughts on the brand she represents.

Check out the video and links above to learn more.

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I Only Fly Business Class

That title might seem like an especially snobby statement, but allow me a minute to explain…

I travel from Buenos Aires to the United States at least three times a year. Two of those trips are typically for my own business and one of those trips is a family trip. Each flight is at least 14+ hours with connections. It’s a long way to go – especially in coach – so, I only travel business class. And no, I don’t have a corporate expense account or a wealthy aunt that left me a huge inheritance.

I travel business and I pay the same price as coach. And you can too.

Once again, this is all possible through playing the miles and points game – credit card sign up bonuses, spending promotions, shopping portals, special offers, etc. Over the last few years I have racked up millions of miles by doing things that I would normally do anyhow. I then use those miles to get luxury travel at the same cost I would have paid for standard fares.

us airways share miles deal 300x152 I Only Fly Business ClassI’ve written a number of times on this blog about points and miles deals that you can take advantage of, and one of the best deals for obtaining miles has just become available again. The US Airways Share Miles Bonus is back and allows you to share miles with someone and get up to a 100% bonus.

The best deal is to transfer 50,000 miles to someone for $567.50. This would get them a bonus of 50,000 miles – effectively “buying” those extra 50,000 miles for 1.1 cents per mile. This is a great deal! You could then use these miles to fly on American Airlines from Buenos Aires to the United States for 20,000 to 30,000 miles one way in coach or 50,000 miles one way in business. Who wouldn’t pay that price for a coach ticket?

There are a few restrictions – accounts must be open for at least 12 days, each person can only receive one transfer bonus, and the deal ends April 13, 2014. You’ll also need a base amount of miles to do the transfer or know someone who has them and is willing to transfer them back and forth with you.

My family has four US Airways accounts and we plan to do transfer between each account: Person A -> Person B -> Person C -> Person D -> Person A. This will net us an additional 200,000 US Airways miles for a total cost of $2270. This is a big upfront cost, but will help us to meet minimum spending on one credit card and when you look at it as 2 business class tickets for $1135 each, you can see that’s a great deal and less than a coach ticket would cost.

So, are you going to take part?

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