So I'm planning my itinerary for a South America trip, and part of the itinerary consists of flying from Santiago to Buenos Aires (Jorge Newbury Airport (AEP)), and then flying down (from AEP) to El Calafate. (And then eventually flying back to Buenos Aires and spending time in the Buenos Aires.) I have two options.
Option 1 is with LAN, flying from Santiago to AEP in the evening, arriving at AEP around 10:30PM, then flying out of AEP to El Calafate the next morning at 5:15AM. If I do this, I'm assuming I'll just have to sleep at the airport for a few hours. With this itinerary, I get to return to Buenos Aires with LAN a few days later
Option 2 is with Aerolineas Argentina, flying from Santiago to AEP in the morning, then waiting a few hours for a connecting flight with Aerolineas to El Calafate in the afternoon (either at 12:30 or 2:15). An alternative is to fly out of Santiago with Aerolineas the evening before and grab a hotel room near AEP. With this itinerary, I get to return to Buenos Aires with Aerolineas a few days later.
With both these itineraries, I hope to use a Argentina/South America pass for lower prices on the flights.
So my question is- which airline/itinerary would you go with? I don't really want to have to sleep at an airport for a few hours (because I know I won't sleep much), but would that be OK? Is it possible to sleep at AEP for a few hours? (At least I'd save on the hotel room.) Aerolineas has a much better schedule, as I could just sleep in Santiago that evening and fly out the next morning, or fly into AEP that evening, grab a hotel near AEP, then head back to the airport in the late morning for the early afternoon flight. However, I've been reading (the unfavorable) reviews about the Aerolineas experience, so I'm wary of going with them.
Any opinions/input would be great. Please let me know. Thanks.Edited: 13 August 2014, 06:48