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 no longer possible to earn BA tier points on LATAM instead of their own mileage reward currency. This is because LATAM has left the oneworld alliance.
However, you can still earn Avios on LATAM flights. You can Avios with flights on the following LATAM airlines: LATAM Chile (LA), LATAM Argentina (4M), LATAM Colombia (4C), LATAM Ecuador (XL), LATAM Peru (LP) and LATAM Brasil Airlines (JJ).
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.
How many Avios do you earn flying with LATAM?
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the partner page of 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%-110% 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
Note that you will not earn Avios on domestic flights within Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador.
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 typical British Airways flight.
You will NOT get a status tier 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.
You can no longer earn British Airways tier points on LATAM flights now that it has left the oneworld alliance.
It is worth noting that LATAM is launching a partnership with Virgin Atlantic in 2022. This may allow you to earn Virgin Points and Virgin Flying Club tier points from your trip.
(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 earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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 good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available 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.