Point Me to the Miles

Navigating the Path to Great Travel

To The Exotic and Beyond

The Question

As a travel blogger and an award travel consultant, I like to at least think I’ve heard it all when it comes to exotic locations.  But a reader email and comment on my Award Booking page had me baffled and intrigued:

Reader Molly asked the following question:

I want to use miles/points for two to get to and from Antarctica. What airline is going to be my best bet for this?

Fascinating question, indeed.

I was asked a rather intriguing question the other day and I thought it would make a great blog post. The question? How can I travel to Antarctica?

What’s the Best Way to Get to Antarctica?

After much research, I have found out that there is no easy way to answer this question. There are many factors to weigh before making this flight.

Question #1 – Where Am I Leaving From?

There are several different destinations to leave for Antarctica. While this list is not complete, it does list the major cities from which you can fly.
  1. Capetown, South Africa
  2. Punta Arenas, Chile
  3. Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne)

Question #2 – How Do I Want to Travel?

There are many options for traveling to Antarctica. The most common way is by sea. There are also a few options for flying and landing on a air carrier that will then complete the journey by sea.

Question #3 – How Long Do I Want to Stay?

Do you want to see Antarctica without having to endure it’s harsh conditions? There are several options that are available for flying tours.  While this may not appeal to everyone, doing so would be the most comfortable way to do so, in my opinion.  And one of these provides a very, very unique experience–I’ll just leave it at that!
Would you rather stay overnight? There are several different groups that provide travel and then a camp like experience.
Want to explore Antarctica? No problem! There are options for this as well.


As you can see, there are several unique options for travel to Antarctica. Stay tuned, as further posts will delve deeper into these options!

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