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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.

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

One of the biggest benefits that this card offers is a Travel Together ticket (good for two years) that can be earned annually after you spend $30,000 in a calendar year. You'll earn 3 Avios per dollar spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios per dollar spent on all other purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Plus earn an additional 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $20,000 on your purchases within your first year of account opening.
  • 3 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Level.
  • 2 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations, plus 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • 10% off British Airways flights starting in the US when you book by March 31, 2020.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Simply tap to pay with your contactless British Airways Visa Signature Card. Just look for the contactless symbol at checkout. It's fast, easy and secure!
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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