4 of us will be traveling around Argentina next month with the trip ending in Mendoza. Our flight back to the United States actually departs from Santiago at 9PM, so we have decided to fly from Mendoza to Santiago the day of our flight and immediately jump on our flight back to the US. The only affordable flight we could find was the Aerolineas flight that lands in Santiago at 6PM. That leaves us with a couple of questions:
-First, is 3 hours enough time to safely get to our flight back to the US? We realize there is a chance that the MDZ->SCL could be delayed, but assuming it runs on time, will 3 hours suffice?
My first thought is that if we carry on luggage, it would be much easier.
-That brings me to my next question: If we checked our bags, can we check them all the way through to the United States from Mendoza, flying Aerolineas to Santiago then flying American Airlines to the States? (I know LAN has a partnership that allows us to do this on the way to South America at the front end of our trip, but not sure on the possibility with Aerolineas)
- Is the Santiago airport setup to where we don't have to clear customs? We fly in from Mendoza, have a 3 hour layover, then fly to the US. I would assume we stay in the Int'l terminal and not have to bother with customs. My only concern is in the event we have to check our bags, and they don't allow us to check them all the way through to the US. (I also assume this will help us avoid the Chilean Reciprocity Fee?)
Any insight into these matters would be appreciated. Cheers!