The capital city of Buenos Aires (EZE) is most travelers' introduction to the massive and amazing country. Stroll the grand boulevards, reminiscent of European capitals, and stop in for espresso made by many of the Italian immigrants which flavor this city. In the evenings, dine on some of the world's best beef at the many parilla restaurants (remember to eat late!), and then dance then night away at the unique tango clubs that dot the city. A great place to spend the day is the colorful neighborhood of La Boca. Leaving Buenos Aires, popular destinations include the wine country around Mendoza, home to myriad vineyards and some of the world's best Malbec grapes, and Ushuaia, the jumping off point for Patagonia.
The three large US international carriers all offer flights direct from the US into Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Delta flies from Atlanta (ATL), American has departures from LA (LAX), Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA) and New York (JFK). Note that AA also operates a direct Miami to Cordoba (COR) route, an interesting option if you can find availability. And United flies to EZE from Houston (IAH) and Newark (EWR).
As mentioned on our Alaska Mileage Plan page, a great use of miles to get to Argentina would be to look for availability on Latam Airlines or BA for availability, then call Alaska to book using miles. Alternatively, use 57,500 AA Miles for Business Class on LATAM or 30,000 for Economy.
Argentina is big. Really big. In fact it's the 8th largest country in the world. Domestic routes of interest to award travelers would include flying between Buenos Aires (EZE) and Cordoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ) for the wine country, or potentially to Ushuaia's Malvinas Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport (USH) for those heading deep into Patagonia or potentially as a jumping off point for Antarctic trips. Our best tip for using miles would be to use BA's short hop rules on LATAM. Flights under 2000 miles booked using Avios on LATAM would cost 8,500 Avios off-peak. Note EZE to USH is 1,400 miles air distance.
There can be high-value hotel award stays around Argentina. When visiting Mendoza for the Malbec, try the Park Hyatt Mendoza for USD $474 per night, or use 12,000 Hyatt Points. Try the Intercontinental Buenos Aires for 30,000 IHG points or USD $142 per night. In the foothills of the Andeas, you could try out skiing in July and stay at the Arelauquen Lodge in Bariloche for 25,000 Marriott points, or USD $273 per night.
We have 3 tips for what not to miss in Argentina.
Tip #1: Grilled meat. It doesn't get much better than Argentina. Look for "Parrilla."
Tip #2: Malbec. One of the world's finest and most famous wine regions, at a fraction of the cost of California, France or Italy.
Tip #3: See tips #1 and #2. You should be visiting Argentina FOR the food and wine.