Months ago we were lying in bed browsing our iPads when I got an email that notifies me of premium flight deals. My eyes perused the listings and came to rest on a special from Mexico City to Easter Island. It was for premium business class and connected in Santiago. The clincher was we could take advantage of it for my 65th birthday. Bill said he was onboard with the idea even though it meant not getting much sleep. Interjet flies from SJO to MEX, but to be sure we got there in time we would have an eight hour layover in Mexico City. That would mean an even longer travel time. Hey, premium business for the cost of a regular ticket, more or less? Done!
A few days ago as we worked on getting our boarding passes and checked the seating before leaving, we found we might have lie flat beds!! I found a video of someone’s experience on the type of plane and oh, my. The seats have rising leg support and the back reclines to make a bed. Really?? We might actually be able to sleep? Wow.
Interjet then sent an email saying the flight the next morning was leaving an hour earlier than scheduled, for a reason not shared. Yikes. That would mean getting up at 3:30 and having nine hours in Mexico City. I confirmed it with a phone call and rescheduled our taxi ride.
Interjet has taken out fifteen rows of seats giving everyone proper legroom. Amazing. There is no business or first class, just priority seats for being in the front of the plane. It was actually quite comfortable. There were many empty seats, including the one next to us. I moved over to the window to keep an eye on what was below. Mexico City is covered with brown smog. So glad we weren’t going to meander around in the yucky pollution.
We just had carryon luggage and due to our early arrival we didn’t yet know the gate. While we waited for Latam to open, we had a delicious breakfast at a French restaurant. Fresh fruit slices, and eggs Benedict for me did the trick along with some really proper bread. When we got back to Latam they were open and not busy, so we checked on the gate. As it turned out our electronic boarding passes wouldn’t be acceptable there, she printed them for us. Noticing we had premium business, she said we could use the Iberia Lounge on the other side of security. Oh, things were looking better.
Indeed, all we had to do was show our boarding passes and we were allowed to enter this rather comfortable spacious lounge. In the back, in the relax area, were some sofas and divan type things with a back cushion. We could stretch out and even take a nap! Yes! Free food and drinks of all types were also included. The bathroom had one shower stall. We didn’t use it but Bill saw someone getting a towel and amenities pack from the front desk. Ooh la la. Good to know for the future.
Entering the plane and turning left for the premium seating as seen in videos on YouTube and knowing we could enjoy them was a thrill. Getting settled we noticed we did actually have lie flat beds! Score! Mama did well on getting these tickets. There is so much leg room I could not reach the bench across the way above which is the entertainment screen. Having leg support was pretty cool, too. While waiting for take off we were served a glass of champagne and a tiny dish of nuts. Before dinner I began watching a John Le Carre movie. When Max came around to prepare us for food, he placed a white linen tray cloth before serving our dinner. There was another cloth on top of the tray and below our food dishes. Cloth napkins wrapped around the cold plentiful silverware topped it off. Unfortunately the chicken was a bit tough so I didn’t eat much. I made do with a few bits of potato, asparagus, salad, real cheese, and a roll. White wine washed it all down. Dessert was Hagan Daz chocolate ice cream and a small bit of a dark chocolate bar. Later we were given a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
Fatigue set in about a half hour before the movie ended so I paused it and set about getting settled for the rest of the night. The recline worked only so far and neither of us could get it to go completely flat. Other people seemed propped up so I thought that might be just the way it was. We could lie flat if we curled up so at least that was better than the economy seats, although my neck wasn’t completely comfortable. After a few hours of dosing, I sat back up and watched the end of the suspense movie with the surprise ending. Soon breakfast was served in the same elegant style as dinner. The omelet was much tastier than the chicken.
As I played with the seat adjustment buttons, I pressed one I had tried before but it just seemed to raise my legs. I let it work some more and lo and behold, the back of the seat slowly went into horizontal position. I could indeed lie my body flat with my legs stretched out. Even though there wasn’t much time before landing, I took advantage of the lie flat bed. We didn’t think the next leg from Santiago to Easter Island would have such seats, as it was only a five hour morning flight. Look at all this space, just for me!
Santiago airport has a Latam lounge but only in the international terminal behind security. As we needed to find the domestic terminal and our gate, we just went ahead with that. We had to go through security for the domestic flight and I took a quick nap on two seats before boarding. When we did finally board we were excited to find we did have lie flat seats again! Being sleep deprived and not hungry for another breakfast, we spent most of the flight stretched out flat on our beds. This trip was a bit chilly so the comforter provided came in handy, along with the pillow, which we also had on the prior eight hour flight.
As we approached Easter Island I was thrilled to see the small bit of land out there in the South Pacific Ocean. I couldn’t see any moais from the air, though. Right after the landing and walking the tarmac to enter the building, we bought our tickets to enter the National Park areas for $80 each. Then we exited the building and after a bit found a sign with my name on it. The owner of the hotel gave us each a flower lei and drove us to the Tiare Pacific. After explaining the tour and car rental offers, we were greeted with a fresh fruit smoothie, and taken to our room.
After settling in we walked into town to see what it had to offer for restaurants and car rentals. We decided to go ahead and rent a car for the five days as the distances were too great to walk, the sun is really intense, and tours to see everything would have quickly added up. Insular car rental delivered our clunky Suzuki Jimny to our hotel that evening and we were ready to enjoy the island with freedom of movement the next day.