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.
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