South American airline LATAM is a oneworld partner, which means that you can use Avios points to redeem for its flight from Madrid to Santiago, Chile.
It also has a decent business class service as you can see from Anika’s review here and the photo below.
Few people know that the LAN flight from Chile does not terminate in Madrid. It carries on to Frankfurt.
If you are a bit of an aviation geek or simply fancy earning some British Airways tier points in style, this could be an interesting trip for you.
Why? Because you can buy tickets just for the Frankfurt to Madrid flight. LATAM is offering some good deals on this flight at the moment.
The LATAM website is here if you want to price it up.
If you want to try out the very nice business class seat above, you can currently book a round trip in Business Class (return) between Frankfurt and Madrid for £161.
It doesn’t matter whether you start in Frankfurt or Madrid, it will still price at £161 return.
Unfortunately there are no deals available for one way flights, which price up as £170.
You will earn roughly 1,100 Avios points and 40 tier points for each segment. The flight is 2 hours and 40 minutes so you will get a decent amount of time to enjoy the LATAM seat. Lounge access is also included.
Note that you will be flying a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which you may not yet have been able to experience.
The timings are not ideal, to be honest. The Frankfurt flight departs at 19.25 and lands in Madrid at 22.00. The Madrid to Frankfurt flight leaves at 15.00 and lands at 17.40.
There probably aren’t many HFP readers who actually need to fly from Madrid to Frankfurt return, or vice versa. However, if you are after some cheap British Airways tier points and fancy trying out a different airline then this is a fun deal.
If you want to do the trip, remember that some Iberia and British Airways flights to Heathrow are operated with long-haul aircraft with flat beds in business class. You can redeem these seats using Avios and it would be an interesting comparison to do that flight and the LATAM trip as part of the same journey. Annoyingly the LATAM website does not let you book an immediate turnaround in Frankfurt to get the same plane back to Madrid.
Anika’s review of Madrid to Frankfurt on LATAM is here if you want to find out more.
You can book this on the LATAM website. It is bookable at this price throughout much of the rest of 2018 and most of 2019 although remember that the service only operates on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.