When I was searching for awards within South America and Brazil on United’s website, I was surprised to find availability on flights operated by LATAM Brasil.
The reason why these LATAM Brasil’s flights now appear on United.com is the codeshare partnership between Azul (United partner) and LATAM’s Brazilian arm (formerly TAM).
You can access United here.
LATAM (the entire group) was part of Oneworld Alliance until May 1, 2020. The airline still has frequent flier partnerships in place with most Oneworld airlines except American due to tie-up with Delta, which is part of SkyTeam.
Note that I didn’t try to ticket any of these itineraries because I was merely probing availability for later this fall.
Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro
LATAM Brasil operates most of the flights available.
They are sold, however, under the Azul’s AD-code.
LATAM Brasil (TAM), before it merged with LAN to form LATAM, was a member of Star Alliance and partner with United Airlines.
This could be a mistake on Azul’s part of loading partner award inventory on LATAM Brasil’s flights, which they started codesharing this week. The partnership between these two airlines only covers limited routes within Brazil, with likely little overlap.
If this is not an unintentional mistake and corrected in due course, it would make United miles more worthwhile when traveling around Brazil.