Help Me Plan My Trip to Easter Island

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Last year my Dad and I went on a father/son trip to Rome, Istanbul and Amsterdam on a semi-mileage run-worthy $576 fare. What better way to bond with your parent than requalifying for both of your Medallion statuses!

Understandably, my Mom was pretty jealous- especially since we ended up having an incredible time and packing a lot in during the quick 5 day trip. I told her that we’d do our own special trip, so when discounted $900 fares to Santiago popped up last month, it dawned on me that I should finally make our trip happen. She was flying at the time the deal came up, so I just purchased two tickets JFK-Miami (AA first), Miami- Santiago (LAN Business) for $901 and surprised her when she landed. Some people were able to tack on routing to Easter Island (airport code IPC), but none were available on my dates. However, there was plenty of award availability on LAN in business class to fly from Santiago to IPC for 50,000 Avios and ~$50 roundtrip, so my Mom and I redeemed some of our many Avios to cover that flight.

Should be an epic trip
Should be an epic trip

However, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t begun to plan my trip. We’ve got 2 days in Santiago and 3 days in Easter Island. It will be my Mom’s first time to South America and I have a feeling it’s going to be an incredible trip. As always, I appreciate any TPG reader tips. I know there aren’t many hotel options on Easter Island and one of my friends recommended Explora, but it looks super high-end/ all-inclusive at over $1,000 per person per night.

Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai
Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai

Anyone else have any recommendations on where to stay and what to do? Santiago tips welcome too, but I think we will check out the W there since it gets pretty solid reviews and I’m SPG Platinum.

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