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£161 return flat-bed 80 tier points business class deal on LATAM’s Madrid to Frankfurt service

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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.

LAN LATAM Boeing 787 Business Class

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.

LAN LATAM Boeing 787 Business Class

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.

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Comments (34)

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  • Arcady says:

    BAEC: LATAM MAD-FRA – Business (J, C, D, R, I) – AVIOS 1104, Tier points 40
    I have Z fare , and I put it in Iberia Plus……

  • NigelT says:

    We found another short LATAM flight which was SYD to AKL in J on 787. Great flight which wasn’t expensive and a few more TPs

    • Polly says:

      Tnx for the tip, we will look at that routing when we move from Sydney to Akl or vice Versa

  • Callum says:

    Trying out the Iberia (future BA) long haul business seat to MAD from LHR in May, then onto the latam service to FRA, looking FWD to seeing what they are both like.

    • DaveP says:

      How do you find out the long haul flights rather than getting a short haul plane? What was cost of return? Thanks.

  • Andijs says:

    Every time I tried to book this routing, the only way to get the offer was to spend a couple of nights in Madrid or Frankfurt. A return trip inside a day was not even an option. So unless you can afford to add on at least a couple of nights hotel costs or trade some hotel points for rooms, its a bit of a bum deal!

  • guesswho2000 says:

    I flew this on a short haul (AKL-SYD) the weekend before last, and it’s a solid product. Timings are equally horrible, departing AKL at 07:00, but the QF F lounge helped that somewhat. The food isn’t amazing, but good enough, and the seat/bed is comfortable. I’d fly it again if I needed to, but there’s defo more convenient options!

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