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You can still earn Avios points when you fly with LATAM

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LATAM, the South American airline, left the oneworld alliance on 30th April.

This was driven by a decision by LATAM to partner with US airline Delta, a SkyTeam member, which injected $1.9 billion into LATAM and agreed to take on some of its future aircraft orders.

In retrospect, Delta may be regretting this deal.  LATAM has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, meaning that Delta may have to say goodbye to its $1.9 billion.

You can still earn Avios points when you fly with LATAM

Until 30th April, you earned Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points when you flew with LATAM.  This was the standard benefit for flying another oneworld partner airline.

British Airways and LATAM are retaining some codeshare agreements so I expected that some sort of reciprocal Avios relationship would remain, and it is.

If you look at the airline partners page of ba.com, you see that the Avios earning rates remain the same:

Economy – between 25% and 100% of miles flown, based on ticket type

Premium Economy – either 100% or 110% of miles flown, based on ticket type

Business – 125% of miles flown

Domestic flights in Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina are excluded from Avios accrual.

You will NOT earn British Airways tier points on LATAM going forward.  This privilege is only available for flights on oneworld alliance partners.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

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