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LATAM sent out an email late last week about upcoming changes to its in-flight product for domestic flights within the markets it serves, although the airline states that these may be implemented on regional flights also.

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Complimentary snacks and beverages are gone and replaced by Buy-On-Board. Passengers must pay for seat selection and baggage. The airline claims that it will lower the cost of tickets by up to 20% (doubt that this would happen). LATAM will award miles (or actually kilometers based on the ticket price). [click to continue…]

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Qatar Airways is on a buying spree and made an announcement today at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK that it would acquire a 10% stake in Latam Airlines, which was created with the merger of Lan (Chile) and TAM (Brazil).

Qatar Airways LATAM

Qatar Airways already owns a 15% stake in IAG that is the parent of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. [click to continue…]

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the CEO of LAN Airlines Mr. Cueto settled a case where he was accused of violating US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

LAN Airlines CEO Settles SEC Bribing Charges For $75K

The CEO had agreed to pay Argentinean consultant more than a million USD after the airline entered the Argentinean market to basically bribe union officials that were demanding pay hikes for the various employee groups. [click to continue…]

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When I first write about the Hilton HHonors promotion of triple miles with select airlines for stays in the Latin America, Caribbean and Canada there was an unfortunate typo on Hilton’s website for this offer (as far as I can tell – or maybe I made a mistake). They listed hotels that had decided to opt out from this offer when these hotels were actually the ones participating.

Hilton HHonors Triple Miles September 1 - December 31 2015

This offer is valid for stays between September 1 – December 31, 2015, and requires registration. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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When I was departing from Santiago de Chile on march 29th on LAN, I had no idea that the lounge that I visited (looked brand new though) had only been open for few days. I was very positively surprised the space and the Scandinavian style design used.

LL LAN Lounge Santiago Entrance Lounge

It was quite a change from the old LAN lounge (now closed) and hundred times better than the America Airlines Admirals that is still open in Santiago. [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has changed the conversion ratio of Starpoints to LAN’s LANPASS from 2 to 1.5 per Starpoint. This change was done unannounced on June 25, 2013.

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LAN uses and rewards LANPASS Kilometers (KMS) instead of miles. There have been some advantages to transfer Starpoints to LAN and then use them for award trips within South America, where LAN often has award sales. [click to continue…]

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Oneworld just made an announcement that LATAM has chosen Oneworld as the alliance for both airlines. TAM is expected to leave the Star Alliance on the second quarter of 2014. This is full 12 months from now. You can read the Oneworld press release about TAM joining the alliance here.

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LAN and TAM merged last year and it was expected that the combined airline would be in the Oneworld alliance. LAN is a member of Onworld and TAM member of competing Star Alliance. When AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance one condition was that the airline couldn’t  be in the same alliance as TAM. [click to continue…]