We’ve become sticklers when it comes to flying. With how many bad experiences we’ve had and horror stories we’ve heard, we like to stick to the airlines that we know. It’s very rare that we fly anything new, and when we do, it’s usually because the deal was too good to pass up.
As we began planning our trip to Argentina and Chile, we started researching airlines and came across LATAM Airlines. It appeared to be the trusted airline for South America, and when it came to the reviews, people seemed to love it! So we thought, why not… let’s give LATAM airlines a go. And boy, are we glad we did!
From checking in, to waiting in the lounge, to boarding the plane… everything was easy and efficient. You can usually tell what the flight will be like based on the check-in experience, and it couldn’t have gone smoother. The LATAM team was friendly and welcoming, and ensured that every need was met. A warm smile goes a long way when you’re traveling long distances, and we instantly felt at ease.
We flew Business Class on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of LAX. As soon as we had sat down an attendant was welcoming us with a glass of champagne, a little bowl of nuts, and a friendly “Welcome Aboard”. We both turned to each other with big eyes and even bigger smiles… We like this airline already!
Let’s talk about the seats. They recline just about any way you could wish. Want just your legs elevated? Done. Want to lean back, but still have your feet on the ground? No problem. Want to lie COMPLETELY FLAT? You better believe you can!! (All experienced long-haul travelers say “Amen!”) If that’s not enough, the seats are just downright comfy. Not once did we have “sore bottom syndrome” as we like to call it, and we had more than enough space to stretch out and get comfy. The oversized pillows and plush down comforters were another game changer. We both agreed that LATAM’s linens were the best in the skies, and reminded us of our bedding at home!
Now, the food. We hold in-flight dining to a very high standard. It’s rare that we enjoy airplane food, and more times than not we leave the plane feeling unsatisfied and bloated (Anyone else?). Friends, LATAM proved that not only can airplane food can look good, but it can TASTE good too! Oh, and it was very fresh and healthy… what a novelty! From fresh salads, to artisan cheese plates, potato leek soup and creme brûlée… everything exceeded our expectations! For breakfast we had a fresh vegetable quiche that totally hit the spot. Alli even asked the stewardess for the recipe! (She didn’t know it) ;)
It goes without saying that the drinks were top-notch as well. Whether we were drinking wine with dinner or a welcome glass of champagne, or some scotch with our dessert, everything was great. We loved that they paired each coarse with a South American wine, and had fun trying all of the different varietals. Needless to say we slept like babies!!
Onboard entertainment is another make it or break it factor for us when it comes to flying. If an airline doesn’t have a good movie and tv selection, it instantly goes down a few notches. Heck, if we’re going to be paying good money… we expect to be entertained! Once again, LATAM didn’t let us down. Their movie selection was endless and featured a few titles that were still in theaters! They also had tons of our favorite tv show episodes, and loads of games. We definitely had a few Solitaire tournaments, but we’ll keep the winner to ourselves. (Bobby cheated.)
Another thing we should mention about our onboard experience - WE SLEPT. For hours. It was heavenly. We arrived in Argentina so incredibly refreshed and recharged, with almost no side effects of jet lag. We both agreed we could’ve flown for a few more hours!! After what was almost a 24-hour travel day, that’s saying A LOT.
This experience has made LATAM Airlines one of our new favorites. We really can’t say enough good things about them, and hope you’ll give LATAM a try the next time you head to South America! Oh, and more about our South America trip to come… :)