LAST CALL: LATAM’s Oneworld Exit Next Friday (May 1, 2020)

LATAM and Delta Air Lines announced a partnership late last year where the US airline was buying a stake in its Latin American counterpart, would take over some plane deliveries, and which would result in LATAM’s exit from Oneworld in due course.

The Oneworld exit usually takes place a year after the announcement is made that would have meant the fall of 2020. LATAM announced, however, that it would try to accelerate the withdrawal that was then set to May 1, 2020.

You can access the LATAM here.

LATAM indicated at the time that the airline would try to continue having a frequent flier partnership, including lounge access with all existing Oneworld airlines excluding American Airlines and Royal Air Maroc, which joined the alliance on April 1 (read more here).

I have tried to get clarification, unsuccessfully, from LATAM what benefits and with which Oneworld airlines are in place come May 1. At this time, you should expect not able to earn or redeem on LATAM flights from Oneworld frequent fliers programs effective Friday next week.

If you have planned to redeem miles from partner programs on flights operated by LATAM, now it would be the right time.

Here’s what happened earlier:

Delta SkyMiles LATAM Miles Earning Chart April 1, 2020

Delta & LATAM Frequent Flier Partnership Begins On April 1, 2020

LATAM Exits Oneworld On May 1, 2020

LATAM Delta – Oneworld Update (Earlier Exit In The Works)

LATAM Oneworld Exit October 1, 2020

LATAM To Exit Oneworld After Delta Takes A Stake

Conclusion

It is fuzzy what will come out of this Oneworld exit by LATAM? Their initial plan, at least, was to continue business as usual with all other alliance members outside of it except American Airlines (and Royal Air Maroc that was about to join when they exited).

Why would all these airlines that don’t even serve Latin America continue working with LATAM after its Oneworld exit? Perhaps, LATAM thought that it would have a more substantial hand with all negotiations than it did.

Qatar Airways has significant holdings in Cathay Pacific, IAG (the parent of British Airways and Iberia), and LATAM. You would think that this would result, at the minimum, that these four airlines would continue to have some level of partnership.

We should know more by Friday next week.

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