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Flights to Chile

The best price found from United States to Chile is on September 3rd, 2016, travelling with Copa. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $405.00
SCL
Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez

Getting around by air

Chile has direct connections with North America, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to its neighboring countries. International flights within South America are fairly expensive unless purchased as part of intercontinental travel. There are bargain round-trip fares between Buenos Aires or Lima and Santiago.

Departure Tax & Arrival fees

A one-time reciprocity fee is charged to arriving Australians (US$117), Canadians (US$132) and Mexicans (US$23), valid for the life of the passport. A Chilean departure tax for international flights is included in airfares.

Airports & Airlines

Most long-distance flights to Chile arrive at Santiago, landing at Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benítez in the suburb of Pudahuel. Flights from neighboring countries may reach regional airports such as Arica, Iquique and Punta Arenas.

Tickets

To cut ticket costs, take advantage of seasonal discounts and avoid peak times, such as Christmas, New Year or Easter. You will probably find the best deal if you purchase your airline tickets in advance.

Intercontinental (RTW) Tickets

Most intercontinental airlines traveling to Chile also offer round-the-world (RTW) tickets in conjunction with the airlines they have alliances with. Other companies, such as Airtreks, offer more flexible, customized RTW tickets that don't tie you into airline affiliates. Similar 'Circle Pacific' fares allow you to take excursions between Australasia and Chile, often with a stop at Easter Island. Check the fine print for restrictions. Agencies selling RTW tickets include the following:

Australia & New Zealand

Lan and Qantas share a flight from Sydney to Santiago, stopping in Auckland. Lan also has an office in Australia.

Canada

Air Canada flies to Santiago from Toronto, or connect via US cities with other airlines.

Continental Europe

There are regular direct flights from Madrid to Santiago with Lan and Iberia. Several airlines have flights from major European cities via Argentina or Brazil, including Lufthansa. Flights with American carriers with connections via the USA are competitively priced.

French Polynesia

Lan flies once a week to and from Papeete in Tahiti, stopping at Easter Island.

South America

Many airlines fly daily between Santiago and Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a standard fare of about US$275 round-trip. However, European airlines that pick up and discharge most of their passengers in Buenos Aires sometimes try to fill empty seats by selling cheap round-trips between the Argentine and Chilean capitals.

There are reasonable Lan flights from Santiago to Mendoza (round-trip US$210, twice daily) and to Córdoba (round-trip US$250, twice daily).

Lan and Taca have numerous daily flights from Lima, Peru, to Santiago for about US$550 (round-trip), and many discount fares pop up on this route. From Lima, Lan also goes direct to Easter Island. Lan also flies from Lima to the southern city of Tacna, only 50km from the Chilean border city of Arica (round-trip US$300). Lan flies daily from Santiago to La Paz, Bolivia (round-trip US$400), with a stop in northern Chile.

Taca and Avianca link Santiago daily with Bogotá, Colombia (round-trip US$750), sometimes with another South American stop. Lan flies to Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital (round-trip US$450). Gol and TAM fly to Brazilian and Paraguayan destinations.

Recommended agencies:

UK & Ireland

At the time of writing there were no direct flights between London and Santiago. Connections from the UK go through Madrid, Buenos Aires and the US. Prices average between £760 and £900, depending on the time of year. Journey Latin America is a reputable agency.

USA

From the USA, the principal gateways to South America are Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas. For those who plan to travel in the Atacama Desert, one time-saving alternative to landing in Santiago is to fly to Lima, Peru, and on to the Peruvian border city of Tacna, or to Arica (in northern Chile). Exito is recommended for online bookings.