Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Excellent LATAM (Avios earning) business class fares to South America for December

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

If you don’t have your Christmas plans lined up yet, LATAM is offering some excellent fares to South America.

These fares will earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points if credited to BA as LATAM is a BA partner.

These deals are only valid for travel in December 2018.  Christmas is included in theory but you might struggle to find availability unless you leave early in the month.

You must book by 21st August.

The only direct routing available is Heathrow to Sao Paulo.  Other destinations are available with changes on the way, either in Europe or the Americas.

Some options include the ability to route via Madrid or Frankfurt with a BA / Iberia connection in Club Europe / Business Class which is good for another 40 tier points each way.

Typical pricing booking on the LATAM website is (all checked as of yesterday):

Sao Paulo – £1280 (direct)

Rio de Janeiro – £1314

You can also route through to other cities in the region such as Manaus or Recife for a similar price.

It is also worth looking at third party booking sites such as Expedia or Opodo as they may offer lower prices.  As with the recent Gulf Air promotion we covered, smaller airlines like LATAM are often happy to dump capacity via third parties at lower prices than they charge direct.  It is also worth trying a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package via Expedia to see if that brings it down even more.

Be careful on the seating as not all aircraft have fully flat seats.  Our review of LATAM’s brand new Boeing 787 seat, which is good, is here.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

The LATAM website is here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (35)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Mrs_Fussy says:

    Totally OT but is there anyway to earn miles for paying stamp duty now that credit cards are no longer accepted

  • BJ says:

    OT but South America: Lufthansa mileage bargains currently featuring Rio over Xmas and New Year for 70000 in business class.

  • Nick says:

    Peru return business class for just over £1000, don’t mind if I do. 3 x 140 tier points and 1 x 40 tier points not a bad amount. 1st – 15th Dec. It’ll be a 777 & 350 outbound with LATAM and 340 and 321 with Iberia inbound. Just need to decide on best lounge at T3 now as I think I’ll have dropped to Silver in Dec sadly ????

  • Nick says:

    Kenny, I booked through TravelUp via SkyScanner. I initially was getting the same error messages and it was because the flights had sold out so I went for flights showing more than 1 seat still available. Hope you get sorted!

    • Kenny says:

      Thanks Nick.. just got my airtix to Lima from LHR instead, via Travelup (phone booking) which is way better than Latam’s website. In fact for anyone wishing to go during Dec your return can be in Jan (mine’s mid Jan).. and even cheaper at £1080 business class. I added a Sao Paolo stopover, which costs a bit more to £1248. Which is still a steal as I don’t need to buy a return from Lima instead.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.