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TAM joins Oneworld Alliance on March 31, 2014, and JAL Mileage Bank already has a promotion for economy award redemptions on TAM flights between April 4 and October 3, 2014.

JAL TAM Award Discount

You receive 24% to 33% discount on number of JAL miles required for award redemptions that start at just 10,000 miles during the promotional period down from 15,000 miles. [click to continue...]

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American Airlines made an announcement two weeks ago that the airline would start codesharing with TAM on August 22, 2013. You can read my piece about it here. These two airlines used to be partners before TAM decided to join the Star Alliance.

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American didn’t announce that earning miles on TAM coded flights would become again possible on the same date, but apparently it did. You can access AA’s web page for TAM flights here [click to continue...]

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American Airlines is partnering again with TAM that is set to join the Oneworld alliance in 2014. TAM is still a member of competing Star Alliance.

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American Airlines and TAM are starting to codeshare each others flights between the United States and Brazil. TAM will add its code for many domestic AA flights and AA will do the same for Tam flights within the Brazil. [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...]

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There was a piece on the WSJ last week, that the negotiation of TAM joining the Oneworld that was supposed to take all the way until March, 2013, is almost wrapped up according to the unnamed sources cited by the paper.

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When the AviancaTaca joined the Star Alliance earlier this year and when the merge of LAN and Tam was approved, it was made clear that TAM couldn’t stay in the same alliance as AviancaTaca. The only two remaining options are SkyTeam and Oneworld. Delta bought a share of TAM’s domestic rival GOL, so it is unlikely that the alliance choice would be anything else than the Oneworld.

Conclusion

It seems rather likely that TAM will cease to be a member of Star Alliance sometime in the early second half of 2013. Obviously, all the award tickets will be honored past the exit date, but you won’t receive miles or get Star Alliance related status benefits once the airline has exited the alliance.

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Hilton HHonors is running number of airline related offers for double and triple miles during the months of November & December. None of these promotions are listed on Hilton’s own website, but rather were targeted for frequent flier members of participating airlines.

If I have missed any Hilton (or any other hotel or airline related promo), you can always just send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com. Just forward the promo email that you received from the program.

These are normally called airline acquisition promotions. Frequent fliers tend to stay quite a few nights hotels as well and they are thus very important group for hotel programs to attract.

Note that you need to change your Hilton earnings preference to Points + Fixed Miles or Points + Variable Miles. The preferable option is dependent of the airlines program, hotel brand you are staying at, and the folio amount.

My personal favorite that I have already maxed out is the  Hilton’s promotion with Virgin Atlantic. I won’t have that many stays with Hilton this quarter. Five stays earns 15K bonus + 5K base Virgin miles. I will transfer these back to Hilton for 40K Hilton HHonors points.

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Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

You can get bonus miles or points for American Airlines, JetBlue, United, US Airways or Virgin America for stays at Waldorf Astoria hotels. The bonus is based on nights and expire on December 31, 2012.

Waldorf Astoria: Nightly Bonus Miles & Points for American, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America

Conrad hotels are offering 1000 bonus miles per night for American Airways, United Airlines, and US Airways frequent fliers. Offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Conrad Hotels: 1000 American, United, or US Airways Bonus Miles per Night

You can earn 250 Delta MQM’s and double SkyMiles for stays of 2 nights or longer between October 1 and December 15, 2012. This offer is available at select hotels.

250 Delta MQM’s and Double Miles for Stays of 2 Nights or Longer at Select Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering double airline miles for American, Aeromexico, AviancaTaca, MultiPlus(TAM) and United on select hotels in Latin America until December 31, 2012.

Double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus & United Airlines Miles in the Americas on Hilton Family of Hotels

Hilton is offering maximum of 15K bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for 5 stays. You can always transfer the bonus + base miles back to Hilton HHonors for total of 40K HH points. This promotion is valid until December 31, 2012

Hilton HHonors Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Bonus Offer – 15K Bonus Miles for 5 Stays

Hilton has a promotion with Miles & More (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc) for up to quadruple miles until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Promotion for Up To Quadruple Miles

You can earn 4000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles on your second stay. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Emirates Skywards Promotion – 4000 Bonus Miles on Your Second Stay

Hilton is offering double points for Air Canada Aeroplan members until the end of December, 2012.

Hilton HHonors Aeroplan Offer: Double Miles Until December 31

Double Qantas points (2000) for Hilton stays between November 1 and December 31, 2012.

Double Qantas Points (2000) at Hilton Properties Worldwide

Hilton is offering triple miles for number of Asian airlines frequent flier members. They have variation of the offer for Thai, Singapore, Korean, Asiana, Malaysia, and Cathay Pacific.

Triple Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide

Triple Asiana Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles for Hilton Stays Worldwide

Triple Korean Air Skypass Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles at Hilton Family of Hotels Worldwide

Triple Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with Hilton HHonors

You can earn up to 3000 bonus Avios (for BA Gold member) for a Hilton stay by December 31, 2013.

Up To 3000 Bonus Avios (British Airways) for a Hilton Family Hotel Stay

Conclusion

Make sure that you have chosen the correct double dip option (fixed vs variable) and have the airline as your preferred double dip airline partner.

Some airlines don’t participate to both fixed and variable miles. Also, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites don’t always earn fixed miles at the full level. Home2 Suites brand earns even less. You have to check these by the airline.

I have already done the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways versions of these airline promotions. I am not planning to have more Hilton stays this quarter.

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Hilton is, for sure, having number of airline related bonus offers this fall. Now, you can earn double American Airlines, AviancaTaca, AeroMexico, TAM/Multiplus or United Miles at number of Hilton properties in the Americas and the Caribbean.

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This offer is valid from October 3 to December 31, 2012. You need to register for this promotion and choose Points & Miles as your double dip option. Then, you need to decide between variable or fixed miles. Fixed miles are usually better option IF your folio is less than $500

Conclusion

There are many Hilton airline related bonus options this fall. You can access them all by clicking the Hotel Promotions tab on top of this page. You should consider taking advantage of the Virgin Atlantic offer if you are interested in about mainly Hilton HHonors points.

Here are the terms of this promotion:

To be eligible for this offer, you must (1) be a member of Hilton HHonors; (2) select Club Premier Aeromexico, American Airlines, AviancaTACA, Multiplus or United (includes Copa) as your preferred Double Dip® Points & Miles partner in your Hilton HHonors account profile; (3) select Points and Variable Miles or Points and Fixed Miles as your Double Dip Earning Style within your HHonors profile; (4) complete a stay at a participating Hilton Worldwide hotel from October 2, 2012 through December 31, 2012, and (5) register at HHonors.com/DoubleLAT prior to hotel check out.

Bonus Mileage: Earn double miles, points or kilometers (depending on the airline program) at the participating airlines listed above for each qualifying stay at participating hotels. There is no cap on the rewards to be awarded during the promotion period. Please allow up to six weeks after the promotion has ended for miles to be credited to your HHonors account.

Here’s the list of participating properties:

COUNTRY

HOTEL NAME

CITY

ANTILLES

Hilton Curacao

Willemstad

ARGENTINA

Hilton Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

BARBADOS

Hilton Barbados

Bridgetown

BRAZIL

Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi

Sao Paulo

BAHAMAS

British Colonial Hilton Nassau

Nassau

CANADA

Hampton Inn by Hilton Hamilton / Brantford

Brantford

Hampton Inn & Suites Kitchener / Ontario

Kitchener

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vaughan

Vaughan

CHILE

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago – Airport

Santiago

CHINA

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Shanghai

COLUMBIA

Hilton Bogota

Bogota

Hilton Cartagena

Cartagena

COSTA RICA

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiesta Hotel Puntarenas / Costa Rica

Puntarenas

Hampton Inn & Suites Aeropuerto /San Jose / Costa Rica

Alajuela

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari / San Jose Costa Rica

San Jose

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia

Liberia

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

Guanacaste

GERMANY

Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark

Stuttgart

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Hilton Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

ECUADOR

Hampton Inn Guayaquil / Downtown

Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Guayaquil

Guayaquil

Hilton Colon Quito

Quito

ETHIOPIA

Hilton Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

IRELAND

Conrad Dublin

Dublin

JAMAICA

Rose Hall Resort / Montego Bay

Montego Bay

MEXICO

Hampton Inn Chihuahua City

Chihuahua

Hampton Inn Ciudad del Carmen Campeche

Ciudad del Carmen

Hampton Inn Ciudad Juarez

Ciudad Juarez

Hampton Inn Ciudad Victoria

Ciudad Victoria

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queretaro

Colinas del Cimatario

Hampton Inn Guadalajara / Aeropuerto

El Salto

Hilton Guadalajara

Guadalajara

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Los Cabos

Hampton Inn & Suites Casa San Agustin/ Centro Historico

Mexico City

Hilton Mexico City / Reforma

Mexico City

Doubletree by Hilton Mexico City Airport Area

Mexico City

Hampton Inn Monterrey Airport

Monterrey

Hampton Inn Monterrey / Norte

Monterrey

Hampton Inn Queretaro

Queretaro

Hampton Inn Saltillo / Airport Area

Saltillo

Hampton Inn San Juan del Rio, Mexico

San Juan del Rio

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampico / Tamaulipas

Tampico

Hampton Inn Torreon / Coahuila /Aeropuerto

Torreon

Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tuxtla Gutierrez

Hilton Villahermosa Airport

Villahermosa

PANAMA

Hilton Garden Inn Panama City Downtown

Ciudad de Panama

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Panama City

Panama City

Waldorf Astoria Panama ResidencesÂ

Panama City

Waldorf Astoria Panama

Panama City

PUERTO RICO

El San Juan Hotel And Casino

Carolina

El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa

Fajardo

Las Casitas Village & Golden Door Spa

Fajardo

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

Ponce

Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton

San Juan

Caribe Hilton

San Juan

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza

San Juan

Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan

San Juan

PORTUGAL

Conrad Algarve Palacio Da Quinta

Algarve Palacio Da Quinta

TRINIDAD

Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre

Port of Spain

UNITED STATES

ALABAMA

Hampton Inn & Suites Oxford / Anniston

Oxford

ARKANSAS

Hilton Garden Inn Bentonville

Bentonville

DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock

Little Rock

ARIZONA

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Anthem

Anthem

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Glendale / Westgate

Glendale

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix / Goodyear

Goodyear

Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City

Hilton Phoenix East / Mesa

Mesa

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria

Peoria

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix I-17 / Happy Valley

Phoenix

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix North I- 17

Phoenix

Hampton Inn Phoenix / Scottsdale @ Shea Blvd

Scottsdale

Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa

Sedona

Embassy Suites Tucson / Paloma Village

Tucson

Doubletree Hotel Tucson Airport

Tucson

Hampton Inn & Suites Yuma

Yuma

CALIFORNIA

DoubleTree by Hilton Carson

Carson

Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento Laguna Elk Grove

Elk Grove

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield

Fairfield

Hampton Inn & Suites Highland

Highland

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lancaster

Lancaster

Hotel Maya / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Long Beach

Hilton Los Angeles / Checkers

Los Angeles

Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Hampton Inn & Suites Merced

Merced

Embassy Suites Hotel Napa Valley

Napa

Hampton Inn & Suites Palmdale

Palmdale

Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach / San Luis Obispo County

Pismo Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburg

Pittsburg

Hampton Inn & Suites Roseville

Roseville

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego / Hotel Circle

San Diego

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown

San Diego

Embassy Suites Hotel Santa Ana / Orange County Airport / North

Santa Ana

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Hotel Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort

South Lake Tahoe

Hampton Inn & Suites Suisun City

Suisun City

Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor / Sonoma Wine Country

Windsor

COLORADO

Valdoro Mountain Lodge

Breckenridge

Embassy Suites Hotel Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

Hilton Garden Inn Denver / Cherry Creek

Denver

Embassy Suites Hotel Denver / Southeast / Hampden Avenue

Denver

Hampton Inn & Suites Denver / Tech Center

Denver

CONNECTICUT

Hampton Inn Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill

Homewood Suites by Hilton Stratford

Stratford

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Embassy Suites Hotel Washington / Convention Center

Washington

FLORIDA

The Beach Club At Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton

Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton

Hampton Inn Miami Airport / West

Doral

Homewood Suites Fort Meyers Airport

Fort Myers

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport

Fort Myers

Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura

Hallandale Beach

Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Airport.

Hollywood

Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando / Lake Buena Vista South

Kissimmee

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Brickell-Downtown

Miami

Conrad Miami

Miami

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami / Airport South / Blue Lagoon

Miami

Embassy Suites Hotel Miami Airport

Miami

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach

Miami Beach

Hampton Inn Niceville / Eglin Air Force Base

Niceville

DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa / North Miami Beach

North Miami Beach

DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay / North Redington Beach

North Redington Beach

Hampton Inn Orlando International Airport

Orlando

Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando / International Drive North

Orlando

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport

Orlando

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando / International Drive / North

Orlando

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive

Orlando

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld

Orlando

Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Orlando

Hampton Inn Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

Homewood Suites by Hilton Port Richey

Port Richey

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort

Singer Island

Hampton Inn Titusville

Titusville

GEORGIA

Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta / Alpharetta

Alpharetta

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport / Millenium Center

College Park

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah

Savannah

HAWAII

Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

Honolulu

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Honolulu

Hilton Waikiki Beach

Honolulu

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Waikoloa

Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

Waikoloa

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa

IOWA

Hampton Inn Des Moines / West

West Des Moines

ILLINOIS

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago / Aurora

Aurora

theWit Chicago / a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Chicago

Hampton Inn Chicago Theatre District

Chicago

Hampton Inn Chicago / Naperville

Naperville

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago / Oak Brook

Oak Brook

INDIANA

Hampton Inn Elkhart

Elkhart

Indianapolis North Hotel

Indianapolis

KANSAS

Homewood Suites by Hilton Wichita

Wichita

KENTUCKY

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport

Louisville

LOUISIANA

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans / French Quarter

New Orleans

Homewood Suites by Hilton Shreveport

Shreveport

MASSACHUSETTS

Hampton Inn & Suites Berkshires / Lenox

Lenox

Embassy Suites Boston / Waltham

Waltham

Hilton Boston / Woburn

Woburn

MARYLAND

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore

Baltimore

Hampton Inn Germantown / Gaithersburg

Germantown

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport

Linthicum Heights

Doubletree Washington DC / Silver Spring

Silver Spring

Hampton Inn Silver Spring

Silver Spring

Homewood Suites by Hilton Silver Spring

Silver Spring

MICHIGAN

Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit / Chesterfield Township

Chesterfield

Embassy Suites Hotel Detroit / Southfield

Southfield

MINNESOTA

Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eden Prairie / Southwest

Eden Prairie

Hampton Inn Minneapolis / St. Paul / Eagan / Mall of America Area

Eagan

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis / Maple Grove

Maple Grove

Hampton Inn & Suites Rogers

Rogers

MISSOURI

Homewood Suites by Hilton Kansas City Airport

Kansas City

Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City

NORTH CAROLINA

Hampton Inn Morehead City

Morehead City

Hampton Inn New Bern

New Bern

DoubleTree by Hilton Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount

NEBRASKA

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / Downtown

Omaha

Homewood Suites by Hilton Omaha / Downtown

Omaha

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha / La Vista

La Vista

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Homewood Suites by Hilton Manchester Airport

Manchester

NEW JERSEY

Hilton Woodcliff Lake

Woodcliff Lake

NEW MEXICO

DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque

Albuquerque

NEVADA

Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center Paradise Road / Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Center Strip

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club – Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas

NEW YORK

Hilton Garden Inn Elmira / Corning

Horseheads

The Hilton Club New York

New York

West 57th Street by Hilton Club

New York

Hampton Inn & Suites Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre

OHIO

Hampton Inn Columbus International Airport

Columbus

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport

Columbus

Embassy Suites Hotel Cincinnati / Northeast / Blue Ash

Blue Ash

Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton / Airport

Englewood

Doubletree Guest Suites Dayton / Miamisburg

Miamisburg

OKLAHOMA

Hampton Inn & Suites Altus

Altus

Hilton Garden Inn Oklahoma City North / Quail Springs

Oklahoma City

PENNSYLVANIA

Homewood Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Southpointe

Canonsburg

Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale

Lansdale

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh / Meadow Lands

Washington

SOUTH CAROLINA

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston / Mt. Pleasant / Isle of Palms Area

Mount Pleasant

Hampton Inn Charleston / Mt. Pleasant / Patriots Point

Mount Pleasant

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport

North Charleston

TEXAS

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas / Arlington

Arlington

Homewood Suites by Hilton Brownsville

Brownsville

Hampton Inn Dallas / North / I-35E at Walnut Hill

Dallas

Embassy Suites Hotel El Paso

El Paso

Hampton Inn Fort Stockton

Fort Stockton

Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Medical Center

Fort Worth

Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco / Hotel, Convention Center & Spa

Frisco

Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston

Galveston

Embassy Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North Outdoor World

Grapevine

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas / DFW Airport North / Grapevine

Grapevine

Hilton DFW Lakes / Executive Conference Center

Grapevine

Embassy Suites Hotel Houston / Energy Corridor

Houston

Hilton Garden Inn Houston / Galleria Area

Houston

Hilton Houston North

Houston

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston / Medical Center / Astrodome

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / Northwest

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / Near the Galleria

Houston

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston / Westchase

Houston

Hilton Houston / Southwest

Houston

Hampton Inn Houston / I-10 West

Houston

Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas / DFW Int’l Airport South

Irving

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas / Mesquite

Mesquite

Doubletree Hotel Dallas / Richardson

Richardson

Embassy Suites Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio

UTAH

Hampton Inn & Suites Orem

Orem

Waldorf Astoria Park City

Park City

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Salt Lake City

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City / Downtown

Salt Lake City

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City / Sandy

Sandy

Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City / Sandy

Sandy

VIRGINIA

Hampton Inn Alexandria

Alexandria

Hampton Inn Washington / Dulles International Airport / South

Chantilly

Hampton Inn Emporia

Emporia

Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond / West End

Glen Allen

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles International Airport

Herndon

DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond Airport

Sandston

DoubleTree by Hilton Sterling / Dulles Airport

Sterling

Hampton Inn Washington / Dulles International Airport

Sterling

Hampton Inn Dulles / Cascades / Town Center

Sterling

Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner

Vienna

WASHINGTON

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

Seattle

The Arctic Club Seattle / a DoubleTree by Hilton

Seattle

Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center

Seattle

Embassy Suites Hotel Seattle / Tacoma International Airport

Seattle

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The merger saga between LAN of Chile and TAM of Brazil has now been going on for two years. The merger was finally approved at the end of June and the new airline group LATAM was born.

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The problem here is that the LAN is a member of oneworld alliance and the TAM is a member of competing Star Alliance. It is widely known that the combined airline will choose oneworld as their alliance. In order for the competing authorities to approve the merger, the airlines had to agree that they cannot be in the same alliance as the recently Star Alliance joined AviancaTaca.

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LAN is an interesting airline. They have their base in Chile, but subsidiaries all over the South America; LAN Peru, LAN Argentina, LAN Colombia, and LAN Ecuador.

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TAM only has one subsidiary TAM Mercosur in Paraguay.

For now, both of the airlines will continue to operate within their alliances. LATAM has not informed yet, when the TAM will withdraw from the Star Alliance, but the process will likely take months. I would say that the end of 2012 would be a logical choice, but it could happen sooner as well.

You will likely see LAN codes on most of the TAM flights and vice versa. If you are collecting miles on any of the oneworld programs, you won’t get any benefits or miles on LAN flights that are operated by TAM. The same goes for TAM flights that are operated by LAN.

There are now, however, benefits for LAN elite members that take TAM flights and vice versa. You can read more about these benefits and other merger related information here.

I have flown both airlines many times, although TAM only domestically within Brazil. I have few flights coming in on LAN on September in business class; Auckland to Santiago, Santiago to Easter Islands, and Easter Islands to Papeete.