If you wanted to earn some easy British Airways Executive Club tier points in comfort, LATAM offers a great opportunity.
LATAM runs a Boeing 787 between Frankfurt and Madrid, which continues on to Santiago. You can buy tickets separately for Frankfurt to Madrid (or vice versa) and they are usually under £100 each way. Given that the trip gets you 40 BA tier points each way plus a flat bed seat for the trip, you can see why it was a popular option for aviation enthusiasts keen to try something different.
LATAM is leaving the oneworld alliance on 30th March. This means that you won’t be able to earn tier points (and potentially not Avios, although LATAM may retain a BA partnership) from April.
This means that it doesn’t matter much that LATAM is ending its Frankfurt-Madrid service on 30th June. There is a good reason for this. LATAM has decided that it can now justify running a direct ‘three times per week’ service from Frankfurt to Santiago as well as from Madrid to Santiago.
It’s a shame to see the service go as these ‘Fifth Freedom’ flights are becoming an endangered species.
If you want to learn more, this article looks at ‘Fifth Freedom’ flights in Europe plus other intra-Europe flights which use long-haul aircraft. It is 18 months old so please double-check the information.
If you want to book this LATAM flight before it ends (and preferably before 30th March whilst it still earns tier points) you can do so here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.