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Chile, Atacama to Patagonia & Easter Island October 2019
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Glowing reviews encouraged me to consider this. Looks amazing. I have made a provisional booking for November 2020 subject to cost of flight upgrade. Anyone able to give some guidance of costs?
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Post: #12
Hi David,

It's nearly two years since I went, so it is hard to remember.  Most meals are included and I tend to bring too much cash, just to be on the safe side.  You can always use ATMs if need be, this wasn't a problem even on Easter Island!!  I would definitely bring at least £500 in cash and your debit and credit cards.  Many people these days get a currency card, which is like a debit card and you can pre-load it with a certain amount before you travel and use it on subsequent holidays if needed.  Obviously it depends on whether you like a few drinks with your meals and/or to buy souvenirs how much you bring.  Advice from top TM Patrick Twomey - never bother about changing money before you travel (unless, of course, you are going to a major country like the US or Canada etc.) and change it when you get there.  You will almost always get a better rate in resort.

Any other questions I'd be happy to answer them.  This tour is still my all-time favourite and I wonder will anything ever top it!

Cheers,

Bob
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Post: #13
I have upgraded David, but LATAM are apparently a bit slow in coming up with the prices. I got mine upgraded to Business Class for just under £4K which includes 6 flights, London, Soa Paulo, Santiago, Easter Island and all back again. The remaining flights are economy but they are short haul and there is no business class option.
You need to look at the seat configuration on "Seat Guru" as although they are flat beds the window and middle seats do not have direct aisle access in this configuration unless you can do a slow motion hurdle type move.
However, reviews about the rest of the services are good and price wise very competitive and worth it to me. One other bit of advice is you cant choose your seats online but have to ring customer services, the whole thing was problematic until I finally spoke to a lovely lady that sorted me out. Message me if you want more details
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Post: #14
Hi Keith

Did you do the upgrade directly with LATAM or via Just You?

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Jaya
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Post: #15
Hi Jaya,
I upgraded with JY. I have only once tried to upgrade directly with am airline and would be interested to know how easy it is.
I have done the same with Solos and Cox and Kings. The one time I tried to use my Virgin Air miles to upgrade the airline told me it wouldn't be possible due to the type off ticket that had been purchased and I would have to go through the travel company.
I guess the travel company are able to get tickets cheaper than we can
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Keith
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Post: #16
Thanks Keith. I have only ever upgraded to Premium Economy - not sure I can afford Business Class!

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Jaya
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Post: #17
Hi Can you update me on the number of people on this trip and the tour leader if decided yet?
Getting excited now

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Wendy
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Post: #18
Hi Wendy,

There are 24 people on this trip, 1 man and 23 ladies. Their ages range from early 50s to early 80s.

Your Tour Manager will be Brian Croft.

Have a fantastic trip! Big Grin

Many thanks,
Vickie
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Post: #19
(19/07/2019, 01:23 PM)DavidG Wrote: Glowing reviews encouraged me to consider this. Looks amazing. I have made a provisional booking for November 2020 subject to cost of flight upgrade. Anyone able to give some guidance of costs?

Hi DavidG

I'm booked on the November 2019 tour and the upgrade quote I received for flights is £4700 (LHR to Santiago via Sao Paulo and Sao Paulo to LHR = three flights).  Fellow travellers have quotes for the same cost for five flights and £2600 for five flights.  Keith (ksf1 in this chain) has paid under £4K for six flights.

There's a huge discrepancy between these quotes and I asked the JY editor a question a couple of weeks ago but the message appears to have vanished into the ether.

Needless to say, I have not agreed to pay an upgrade cost of £4700 for three flights.

Good luck....

Regards
Sylvia
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Post: #20
(13/08/2019, 09:53 AM)Vickie Wrote: Hi Wendy,

There are 24 people on this trip, 1 man and 23 ladies. Their ages range from early 50s to early 80s.

Your Tour Manager will be Brian Croft.

Have a fantastic trip! Big Grin

Many thanks,
Vickie
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