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Using your Avios points to fly to Chile with LAN

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I have never given LAN much coverage on Head for Points, even though I have written articles covering redemption opportunities with most of the other oneworld partners.

I recently helped a friend with some research into Avios redemption options to Chile and I thought it would be useful to share some of the things I discovered.


LAN is a long-time member of the oneworld alliance.  In 2012 it merged with Brazilian-based airline TAM and the two airlines are now owned by a new holding company, LATAM.  The combined group flies to 150 destinations in 22 countries.  As well as Chile and Brazil, there are subsidiaries based in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay.

Chile remains the heart of the LAN business and is where the airline is headquartered and listed.

There are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to Santiago in Chile, either with LAN Chile or British Airways.  The only direct flights from Europe are from Madrid.

The 2nd best option is from Frankfurt.  The LAN plane from Madrid carries on to Frankfurt after a short stop – you can even book Madrid to Frankfurt on LAN as a stand-alone Avios redemption if you want a flat bed for that service.  I am keen to try this ‘fifth freedom’ flight out one day.

The Frankfurt – Madrid – Santiago services uses a brand new Boeing 787 which features the latest LAN seating in business class.  Take a look at this:

LAN 787 business class

and this:

LAN 787 business class

What does it cost?

Due to the ludicrously over-complicated Avios restructuring recently, it will now take me seven paragraphs to explain how much an Avios redemption from Madrid to Santiago will cost.

Using the Avios pricing chart at, Madrid to Santiago prices out at 180,000 Avios plus £39 in business class.  That £39 is not a typo – there are no fuel surcharges to pay on LAN flights.

There are 10 flights per week on LAN.  Availability seems to be very random – on March 1st, for example, there are six first class seats available on the 20.45 from Santiago to Madrid but none on the 20.20 departure half an hour earlier!

There is also a competing daily Iberia service.  On an off-peak date, this costs 102,000 Avios + £532 return in business class if booked via  On a peak date, the cost is 150,000 Avios + £532 via

(If you are wondering why the flight is 150,000 Avios via Iberia and 180,000 Avios via LAN, it is because Iberia has a separate reward chart with different pricing bands.  All other redemptions booked via are priced using the standard BA price chart.)

If you book at, the pricing changes.

The LAN flight reprices to 175,000 Avios + US$60 (ie the same £39).  However, it is not cancellable if booked via so you should use instead.

The Iberia flights become substantially cheaper because the Iberia website does not add fuel surcharges.  The cost to Santiago drops to 102,000 Avios + US$214 off-peak and 150,000 Avios + US$214 peak.

The LAN flights are still attractive on peak dates.  You need 30,000 more Avios but you are saving over £100 in tax.  You are also flying on a new Boeing 787 service with the latest LAN business class product.  The seating is far more spacious than the Iberia business class cabin.

In a future article I will take a look at using LAN for flights to Easter Island and the Galapagos, two of the outstanding but hard to reach tourist destinations they cover.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (39)

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  • Martin says:

    I will be flying LAN 787 redemption Business Class from Sydney to Auckland. Excited:)

  • neuromancer says:

    “In a future article I will take a look at using LAN for flights to Easter Island and the Galapagos, two of the outstanding but hard to reach tourist destinations they cover.”
    This can be interesting (or pretty short :-)). Last time I checked there was absolutely no availability ti Easter Island for months, even up to 1 year in advance. Did not check the entire calendar, but could not find a single seat available.

    • Rob says:

      That is roughly what the article is going to say unless something changes between now and whenever I get around to writing it 🙂

      • VP says:

        While LAN is a great option in S.America maybe it is worth mentioning that as per BA website
        “Avios and Tier Points are not available on flights operating wholly within Peru, Chile or Argentina”
        Luckily these flights are available for booking via avios but no point in paying cash for tierpoints/avios. I have personally used paid internal flights in Chile (though not to easter island) on LAN and never got anything in terms of Avios or Tierpoints (not that I was expecting but confirms what the website says). I did get Lounge access and extra bag with Silver card everywhere.

  • Andy says:

    Do LAN ever do any good cash deals ex-EU to South America?

  • sandgrounder says:

    ‘In a future article I will take a look at using LAN for flights to Easter Island and the Galapagos, two of the outstanding but hard to reach tourist destinations they cover’

    Throw in MPN as well! I would say it matched both criteria, the second one for sure! 🙂

    • David says:

      I was in the Falklands at the end of last year and looked at the MPN flight as a redemption. Given that for cash it is always around £500 return for 1.5hr flight I was amazed to see plenty of availability (always 9 seats) for 4,500 Avios ea way + £0 PUQ – MPN and the same avios but with £17 taxes on the return.

      Everyone on the islands knew the weekly LAN flight to be very expensive – it would have actually been cheaper to have bought the avios with cash than to pay for the flight itself. In the end I didn’t make it over to Chile but the Falkland’s are definitely worth a visit if you get chance.

      EDIT: Having just re-looked it would appear there is now no-availability whatsoever on this route! How strange…

  • £65 business class fare on LAN to Madrid says:

    […] couple of weeks ago I wrote an introductory piece on South American airline LAN. LAN is a oneworld partner so you can use Avios points to redeem for its flight from Madrid to […]

  • Nigel says:

    In March we used a 2-4-1 Amex to fly :- First LHR-GIG/GRU-LHR
    Used avios on Lan for
    LIM-EZE Buisness

    Cathay Pacific Card (courtesy of AMEX PLAT) gave us Lounge access and free transfers to earlier flights on LAN at times.
    Very good service and punctuality. Very LOW taxes 🙂 Saved me a ton of money.
    Availability OK if booking 63 monthsahead.
    Only IGU-GRU seem to open up about 1 month ahead.

    Looked at SCL-IPC and availability seems to be 330 days out-for ONE day then disappears.

    Then there’s the LANBA glitch where no rewards are posted for anwywhere at ALL.!

    Alternative may be to use SPG points to Tx to LAN and book with their rewards.
    At least you can see their availability on the LAN site.

    Look forward to the article

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