Premium Cabin Award Travel to Buenos Aires

Premium Cabin Award Travel to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a hot destination for frequent flyers these days. The flight from the United States can be a long 11 hours from New York, so it’s common to book a premium cabin when traveling to Argentina’s capital city. Although Buenos Aires is decidedly Latin, there are also many European cultural influences introduced by Spanish, English and German immigrants over the years.

Remember that because Buenos Aires is in the Southern Hemisphere, its summer is during our winter in the United States—so plan your trip accordingly. Some of the best times to explore the city are during their spring, September through December, or fall, April through June. It’s not so hot that you’ll be uncomfortable walking around town, but it’s warm enough that you can still enjoy outdoor cafes and restaurants.

If you plan to include Iguazu Falls in your Buenos Aires adventure, go in August, September or October, when the falls are at their fullest.

You should visit Buenos Aires to enjoy its old-world architecture and modern art, as well as the locally produced wines, fine grass-fed steaks and, of course, the nation’s official dance: the tango.

Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires
Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires

U.S. citizens must pay a $160 reciprocity fee upon arrival in the country. But don’t let that scare you away, because you can save a lot of money by using miles to get there.

Many airlines that fly to Buenos Aires offer award tickets. Look for flights into Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also called Ezeiza, which is about 14 miles southwest of the city.

Premium Cabin Travel to Buenos Aires

If you’ve got the miles to book a premium cabin, go for it. You’ll get a much more comfortable seat: They’re usually lie-flat with plenty of legroom when you’re in a seated position. Some airlines, though, only offer angled flat seats, which don’t fully recline to a flat position.

Most airlines will give you a small amenities kit, as well as a blanket and pillow to use in-flight. Meal and beverage service is usually much better than economy, too. If you’re going to be in the air for more than a few hours, a premium cabin can definitely keep you comfortable and happy.

Here’s a look at nonstop flights with premium cabins that depart from U.S. gateways:

Delta From Atlanta

  • Duration: About 10 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 767-400 wide-body jet with 48 lie-flat seats in business
  • Business class roundtrip: 125,000 miles

American Airlines From Dallas/Fort Worth

  • Duration: About 11 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777 wide-body jet with eight lie-flat seats in first and 52 lie-flat seats in business
  • Business class roundtrip: 100,000 miles
  • First class roundtrip: 125,000 miles

First class on Americans’ 777 aircraft
First class on Americans’ 777 aircraft

United From Houston

  • Duration: About 10 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 787-9 wide-body jet with 48 lie-flat seats
  • Business class roundtrip: 110,000 miles
  • First class roundtrip: 140,000 miles

United’s Global First class
United’s Global First class

Aerolineas Argentinas From Miami

  • Duration: About 9 hours
  • Aircraft: Airbus A340 with 32 angled flat seats, and Airbus A330 wide-body jet with 24 angle-flat seats
  • Business class roundtrip: 125,000 Delta SkyMiles

You can use Delta SkyMiles to book this flight, or transfer American Express Membership Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points to your Delta account.

American Airlines From Miami

  • Duration: About 9 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777 with 45 lie-flat seats
  • Business class roundtrip: 100,000 miles
  • First class roundtrip: 125,000 miles

LAN Argentina From Miami

  • Duration: About 9 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 767-300 and Airbus A330 wide-body jets
  • Business class roundtrip: 100,000 AAdvantage miles
  • First class roundtrip: 125,000 AAdvantage miles

You can use American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book this flight.

Aerolineas Argentinas From New York

  • Duration: About 11 hours
  • Aircraft: Airbus A330 wide-body jets with 24 angle-flat seats
  • Business class roundtrip: 125,000 Delta SkyMiles

You can use Delta SkyMiles to book this flight, or transfer American Express Membership Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points to your Delta account.

American Airlines From New York

  • Duration: About 11 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777 wide-body jet with eight lie-flat seats in first and 52 lie-flat seats in business
  • Business class roundtrip: 100,000 miles
  • First class roundtrip: 125,000 miles

LAN Argentina From New York

  • Duration: About 11 hours
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777-200 wide-body jet
  • First class roundtrip: 125,000 AAdvantage miles

You can use American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book this flight.