Flight Adventure

“Airplane” by Sean MacEntee is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Norwegian Cruise Line offered a promotion when we booked our cruise “Buy 1 Get 1 Airfare Free” given the expense of flying to South America we opted to give the promotional air a try. We went into the air promotion with a sense of adventure which we really needed.

At first we were routed from DC to Detroit to Atlanta to Buenos Aires on Delta. The Atlanta connection was about 45 minutes to switch from Domestic to International flight. Anyone who has flown through Atlanta knows that that is impossible!

On December 5th we received our Air Confirmation from the cruise line. The flights had been changed and we were now routed outbound via DC to Charlotte to Miami to Buenos Aires on American. We are returning also on American although a little more direct from Buenos Aires to Dallas/Fort Worth to DC. The cruise line air guidelines specify no more than 2 connections and less than 5 hour layovers. We went into the promotional airfare with an adventure mindset.

As soon as our air confirmation arrived, we were able to log into the American Airlines site. We upgraded our seats from Economy to Main Cabin Extra.

We are in for quite the flight adventure total flying time each direction will be 17 hours. The longest leg outbound is 13 hours from Miami to Buenos Aires. On the return the longest leg is Buenos Aires to Dallas/Fort Worth.

ThreeGTravels Flight Stats:

Longest Flights:


  • Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia: 15 hours
  • DC to London, England: 9 hours
  • London, England to Abuja, Nigeria: 6 hours


  • Seoul, Korea to New York City: 14 hours
  • DC to Anchorage, AK: 10.5 hours
  • DC to Frankfurt, Germany: 8 hours

Mac and Chuck

  • DC to Seattle, Washington: 6 hours
  • DC to Reykjavik, Iceland: 6 hours
  • Reykjavik, Iceland to Barcelona, Spain: 4 hours

Chile Mobility Pass

Photo: Screenshot/Government of Chile

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021 we received updated information from Norwegian Cruise Line that all passengers must have a Chile Mobility Pass. This is a five step process. Two of the five steps must be completed between 45 and 15 days before arrival in Chile. That evening Joe, Katie and Mac each submitted their identification and COVID-19 vaccination information for verification and entry into Chile’s registry.

This morning Joe and Mac received their ID and COVID vaccination verification acceptance with their QR code for their Mobility Pass.

Katie received a notice that her’s was rejected. She called the Chilean Consulate in Washington, DC and resubmitted using their advice. Now we wait, again.

Steps 3, 4 and 5 will take place just prior to arrival in Chile with completion of an attestation document, submission of at least $30,000 in health insurance coverage and submission of negative COVID-19 testing result.

The cruise line obtained additional health insurance for all passengers on our sailing to ensure we all met the necessary requirement for entry to Chile.

The QR codes for the mobility pass will not become “Active” until all 5 steps for entry are complete and we are granted permission to disembark the ship in Punta Arenas, Chile.