In this article we’ll look at how you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with LATAM and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.
It is possible to earn Avios and BA tier points on LATAM instead of their own mileage reward currency. This is because both airlines belong to the oneworld alliance. When you book or manage your flights with LATAM, you will be able to add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.
However, you will earn a different amount of Avios on LATAM compared to if you fly British Airways. This is because they have different earning rates. On LATAM, you will earn Avios at a maximum of 125% of miles flown if you fly business class. On British Airways flights, however, business class fares can come with 150% of miles flown.
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the British Airways website. We are comparing the earnings when you take a flight on LATAM compared to taking a flight on British Airways.
Economy lowest – 25% on both airlines
Economy low – 50% on both airlines
Economy flexible – 100% on both airlines
Premium Economy – 100% vs 100%-150% on British Airways
Business – 125% vs 150%-250% on British Airways
First – LATAM does not have first class – 250%-300% on British Airways
As you can see, economy earning rates are the same for both airlines. For flights in LATAM business class you will suffer some severe losses, earning up to a third fewer on LATAM than you would on a British Airways flight.
You will NOT get a status bonus when you fly with LATAM. This means that Bronze, Silver and Gold members of the Executive Club will do even worse compared to flying BA.
When it comes to tier points, however, you are better off flying with LATAM than British Airways if your trip involves a connection. This is because tier points are earned per flight, so a connection in Santiago to your final destination will earn more tier points than taking a direct flight on British Airways from London. You can work out how many tier points you will earn on the BA tier point calculator here. Remember to search leg by leg if you are connecting.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to get 30,000 Avios from Amex Gold or 60,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (September 2021 offer)
The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 30,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year. You can apply here.
30,000 points is a special offer which ends on 10th November 2021. Find out more here:
You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 60,000 Avios. You can apply here.
60,000 points on The Platinum Card is a special offer which ends on 2nd November 2021. Find out more here:
If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:
You should also look at the British Airways Accelerating Business card, because it currently has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up. You can apply here.
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.