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|Airline Name||Austral Airlines||Major Routes||Jorge Newbery Airport⇔Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport/Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport/Rosario - Islas Malvinas International Airport/Rio Grande Airport|
|Official Site||http://www.austral.com.ar/index.asp||Check-In Counter||
|Year Established||1971||Main Destinations||Salta,Cordoba,Mendoza,Rosario,Rio Grande,Ushaia etc.|
|Frequent Flyer Program||Aerolineas Plus|
Fly the friendly southern skies with Austral! (That’s actually their name in Spanish: Cielos del Sur). Austral runs domestic routes (with a few regional international tickets) throughout the picturesque South American nation of Argentina, from the spicy gaucho country of the Pampas to the sub-freezing temperatures of Tierra del Fuego. They have 22 destinations and 26 Embraer 190s to service them; a decent fleet size for a regional airline! It was founded in 1957 and is headquartered at Jorge Newbery Airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Austral Airlines acts as the flag carrier for domestic destinations within Argentina (its sister company is technically the flag carrier, but they mostly serve international destinations).
* Please ensure to check the official website of Austral Airlines for updated and detailed information for checked baggage.
* Please ensure to check the official website of Austral Airlines for updated and detailed information for carry-on baggage.
Austral Airlines offers two types of on-board accommodation: Economy and Club (Premium) Economy. In-flight entertainment is provided for all ticket holders. Unfortunately, there is no food served if your flight time is under two hours (this includes routes that take two hours upward but have a transit stop in the middle, as the principle is applied to individual flights).
Austral Airlines may sound like an underdog at first — and believe me, it is. But it’s a fact that underdogs always come up with the best things — and this was proven yet again when I bought a ticket from Buenos Aires to Rio. I wanted to get there in time for Carnival, but I was more than miffed when told that Austral Airlines had no route to Rio. However, they actually helped arrange another flight on ANOTHER airline for me. Now there’s an airline that knows to put people before profit.
Austral Airlines could not have run their deal at a better time. Everything around me was crumbling: my work, my family. I decided that it would be better if I just erased myself from existence. But while looking up tips on the Internet, I found an ad for Austral Airlines! The affordable price made me rethink my life, and I immediately booked a ticket for Iguazu Falls. I stayed there for around three weeks before returning on the same flight. Thanks, Austral Airlines, for giving me a second shot at life.
You can purchase tickets online at http://www.aerolineas.com.ar or you can use a third-party agency like Expedia to buy the ticket for you. It is recommended that you use a third-party website, as their ticket prices are often lower than the official website’s ticket prices due to exclusive deals and other money-saving agreements in place between the airline and the websites.
Ticket holders need not do anything; the airline will announce the date and time of the replacement flight and will usually give you a partial ticket refund for the inconvenience caused (unless you are flying on a cheap ticket; some promotional class tickets have the stipulation that no refunds are to be made).
If you are a member of a SkyTeam-associated airline, remember to supply your frequent flyer identification number when booking your ticket (this includes those who are enrolled on the Austral Airlines frequent flyer program). Your points will be automatically calculated and conferred toward future ticket purchases.
Aerolineas Plus is Austral Airlines’ frequent flyer program. As Austral Airlines is associated with SkyTeam, miles earned through its program are valid on tickets from any SkyTeam airline, and likewise miles earned on any SkyTeam flight can be applied to Austral Airlines tickets. Aerolineas Plus offers three tiers: Regular (blue card), Gold and Platinum. To apply, go to http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/enar/aerolineas_plus/about_aerolineas_plus, contact them via phone or e-mail, or approach a physical Austral Airlines office. You must, of course, provide valid photo ID. You may add beneficiaries to your main card and have cards issued for them. There is no application fee. More information may be obtained at the aforementioned website.
As for checking in: Luckily enough, Austral Airlines provides online check-in on their website. Remember: Austral Airlines opens online check-in a day before the actual flight and closes off an hour prior to the flight.
If you prefer having your ticket stamped by a physical Austral Airlines agent, check-in counters are available at your local airport. Remember the rule of thumb: be at the airport at least two or three hours before your flight (for international flights), and at least one and a half hours if domestic!