LATAM, a Chilean airline currently in bankruptcy protection, today emailed about changes to its frequent flier program effective in 2021.
LATAM Pass blaming “new reality” will slash the number of miles earned on regional flights by up to 40% for tickets issued on or after March 15, 2021.
You can access the LATAM Pass page for earning miles here.
Miles earned on tickets issued until March 14, 2021
Miles earned on tickets issued from March 15, 2021
The miles earned for domestic and regional flights have been cut by up to 40% depending on your status.
You can only earn LATAM Pass Points with Basic, Light, Plus and Top rates. Promo fare tickets do not allow points earning for international flights or domestic ones within Brazil.
LATAM blames “new reality”:
In addition to that, we are pleased to inform you that, adjusting to the new reality we are living in, as of March 15, 2021 we will have a new accumulation table of miles/points per dollar spent on flights. This new accumulation will depend on your member category and the route you travel, and will be as follows.
I looked into LATAM’s program when they had two (one for Brazil and another one for the rest of the world) and concluded that it didn’t make any sense to credit flights to either of them.
The program can make sense for someone living in one of the LATAM’s main markets (Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, or Paraguay) and mainly flying on them.
It was unfortunate that the airline decided to exit Oneworld earlier this year and partner with Delta. LATAM received an equity boost just before filing for bankruptcy protection (expensive lesson for Delta).
LATAM continues to partner with most Oneworld airlines except with American Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. You don’t, however, earn elite qualifying miles for its flights on most partner programs.