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LATAM drop its flat-bed Frankfurt to Madrid flight …. not that it matters now

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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.

Anika reviewed the LATAM Frankfurt to Madrid service for us three years ago – see here.

LATAM 787 business class

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 (April 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

Get a 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 bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (133)

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  • Kevin says:

    Isn’t Latam leaving OW at the end of April, or have they changed it again?

  • pauldb says:

    OT: I received my Clubcard Plus credit card yesterday and wow it is ugly. Would go better in my three year old’s toy checkout. Hard to believe they made so little effort (plain blue, white text, random fonts) – maybe they’re hoping you don’t take it out of your wallet.

    • Jonathan says:

      Even though they’re good for rewards (very good in the past) Tesco bank cards don’t have the best designs in the world.

  • HayMow says:

    RED/Draginpass – mine has dropped to Silver not Gold – is that right? (I haven’t used it nor my passes in an airport yet.) Dragonpass app still shows I can buy at $10 as you said though, but RED shows $25 for Silver now, but at £20 equivalent still not bad.
    [NB. your main headline shows €10 not $10.]

    • Hibeeal says:

      Mine also now silver but can still buy at $10 from ragonpass

    • Mikel says:

      Same here, silver

    • Brian W says:

      Mine changed to ‘Classic’ the day after my trial started but I’m still able to purchase entries for $10 which is all that matters!

      At least Revolut still come in handy for some things.

  • Greg says:

    Can these passes only be used by the purchaser?
    Or can we buy in some for others to use?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    I’m at T5 tomorrow. I’ll see if I have time to head there.

  • Go says:

    Question on Virgin Atlantic credit card. This month my miles were capped at 1.5xcredit limit (pathetically low). I lost about 15,000 miles as a result. I have earned above this cap virtually every month previously. I remember this was mentioned in a previous article but have no recollection of Virgin telling me they would start this. Have I grounds for complaint or was this always part of their rules and they simply didn’t impose it.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      An email was sent on 12tb December with notice of the changes.

      If you never got the email, then I’d raise a formal complaint. Its a new, and material, change in the terms and conditions.

      The email may have been in your junk mail or it may never have been sent. I don’t know enough about the former but I would have thought snail mail would have been more appropriate for a notice if variation so you should definitely complain.

      • G says:

        Yes this. The onus is on them to prove that they delivered the message to you not the other way round. The only question is whether you’ll win the complaint but they’ll look at your account and decide they don’t want you as a customer. Always my worry with complaining about things like this if it’s a card that I’d be upset to lose?

        • Munch says:

          I’d be interested to know if anyone wins their claim. Again had no email and lost points in the last statement. I did request a credit limit increase which was immediately approved but will still complain regarding the change of terms.

          • Freddy says:

            Ouch! Just checked my statement and spent £8k through the card but restricted to 3150 odd points due to the credit limit. Didn’t get notified but it’s all curve paying the seagulls so won’t complain. May look to get the premium IHG card in the circumstances

        • Rob says:

          As someone who sends over 1 million emails per month, I can tell you that many are sent which simply never arrive due to ISPs treating them as spam and not even delivering them. The spam in your spam box is only a fraction of what was sent to you – most is blocked eh route.

          • Lady London says:

            Yahoo have blocked you, and 2 other excellent companies that just happen to have large mailing lists used from a few time a week to once or twice a month, from sending me messages.

            There is nothing I can do as each time I’ve complained to Yahoo they claim I’ve blocked you all as senders. Never blocked any sender in my life and even checked to see if I’d done any accidenbtally. Nor have I ever marked any email from these senders as spam – I WANT to receive emails from these senders including headforpoints.

            For this reason I’m slowly registering anything new under gmaill email addresses. Eventually I’ll just leave yahoo to die but it’s a long process.

            very, very annoying that as an ISP Yahoo won’t take responsibility for what they’re doing and fix it.

          • Shoestring says:

            LL – Yahoo is like 20 years ago

            move on

          • Lady London says:

            You are right @Shoestring. It just takes awhile to detach. Now if I could only make sense of sorting out tags/folders in Gmail….!

      • G says:

        And to fully answer your question no this was not an original part of the terms at all. Original terms fully allowed what you did. They changed it for new customers in Dec, and told some(!) existing customers about it.

        • Lady London says:

          The onus is on them to prove you received any notification.

          • EwanG says:

            And there are tools for them to prove the email has been received and opened, deleted etc. So not acceptable for them just to be saying it was sent!
            FWIW I have never received notification about this change. Admittedly with the decent credit limit on this card I don’t think I have ever cycled more than my limit anyway, but if I do in future I need to have been given notice about this change for it to be effective!

          • Rob says:

            They can show the email was sent. Tough if you don’t open it. It is not their fault if your ISP treats it as spam. It is actually more effective than a letter because it is probably tougher to prove that a letter was sent!

            I suppose you could argue that they should have written to anyone who did not open the email.

    • Shoestring says:

      too much bleating here from people who abused the system – no personal problem there – but don’t like getting found out/ countered

      just move on

      • Freddy says:

        Increasing credit limit was painless – done online and now doubled so will continue using 🙂

  • F99 says:

    “ 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.”

    Do these aviation enthusiasts not have a flat bed at home?

  • Simon says:

    OT: Curve Metal

    So I upgraded to metal have an hsbc pwe and capital on tap card connected. Everytime I try to pay hmrc on either card I get a txt or notification of the payment going through, then at the last second the payment fails. Amount is within limits etc. Anyone else have this issue with curve metal. My non metal on was fine…

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