Cheap flights on LAN Airlines
LAN Airlines (formerly LanChile) is the primary commercial carrier of
Chile based in Santiago. It was founded by Chilean Army Air Services
Commander Arturo Merino Benitez (Santiago's international airport is
named after him), and began operations on March 1929 as Línea
Aeropostal Santiago-Arica. It changed its name to LAN Chile in 1932. As
of March 2004 LAN Chile and its subsidiaries LAN Peru, LAN Ecuador, LAN
Chile Cargo, LAN Express, ABSA (Aerolinhas Brasileiras), LAN Argentina,
MAS Air, Florida West International Airways (FWIA), and LAN Dominicana
unified under the single LAN brand. LAN stands for Líneas Aéreas
Nacionales which interprets simply to National Airlines. On 17 June
2004 LAN Chile changed its formal name to LAN Airlines as part of this
re branding process.
LAN operates flights to Latin America, North America, Oceania, and
Europe frequenting cities such as Frankfurt, Madrid, Cancún, Mexico
City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Havana, Punta Cana, Buenos
Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, La Paz, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro,
Arica, Balmaceda, Calama, Copiapo, Easter Island, Hanga Roa, Iquique,
Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Colombia, Bogotá, Guayaquil,
Quito, Falkland Islands, RAF Mount Pleasant, Lima, Montevideo, Caracas,
Sydney, Papeete and Auckland.
As part of the oneworld (One World) alliance, when you fly with LAN
Airlines and other airlines in the network, you are collecting frequent
flyer points that can be redeemed for flights, accommodation and other
travel related benefits.
The oneworld alliance is a
major programme with a flight network including Aer Lingus, American
Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, LAN and
Qantas. This is continually developing, with new airlines coming on
board. Very good news for those travellers on code share flights, who
are still able to collect points from affiliated partner airlines.
LANPASS is the frequent flyer program of LAN Airlines. There are over 1
million current members in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and the U.S.
There are 3 tiers to LANPASS beginning with Premium Membership,
followed by Premium Silver Membership and finally Comodoro (or
Commodore) Member. As miles accumulate, the greater the benefits.
Benefits such as class upgrade coupons, bonus kilometres, exclusive
check-in and boarding, free trips with LAN or any of its affiliates,
exclusive member discounts as well as a host of other benefits to
enhance the travelling experience. Over 50,000 members of LANPASS
receive free flights and other benefits ever year.
Another benefit of LANPASS membership is access to the VIP Lounge
Neruda, Santiago and Chile Modern. As well as access to over 250 other
airport lounges around the world through oneworld. In stylishly
decorated interiors offering comfort and convenience, VIP Lounges have
been designed to provide First Class and Business Class passengers an
exclusive sanctuary for rest or work. They offer a Business centre
equipped with 12 workstations that have computers, Internet connection,
fax, photocopier and printer. There is a meeting room, amenities
including showers, relaxing background music and Televisions with
cable. Internet and phone connection can also be found throughout the
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