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LATAM launches London to Lima flights – and how to earn and spend points for it

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It’s been a few years since you could fly direct from London to Lima, Peru. British Airways briefly operated during the summer between 2016 and 2019 but axed the route during covid.

Having spotted a gap in the market, LATAM will launch services via its LATAM Peru subsidiary. The first flight will be on 2nd December.

This new direct service is a significant upgrade on BA’s previous operations, with five weekly flights operating from Heathrow (the BA services went from Gatwick):

LATAM launches London to Lima flights
  • London – Lima (LA2489) operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a departure time of 10:30pm arriving at 6:35am the following morning
  • Lima – London (LA2488) operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing at 9pm and arriving in London at 2pm the next day.

The route will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with 30 business class seats and 270 in economy. There is no premium economy cabin.

The good news is that this will be one of LATAM’s refurbished 787s (photo above) which feature the Vantage XL seat (the same as Virgin Atlantic’s A330neo Upper Class Suite). This is a staggered seat with a 1-2-1 configuration and direct aisle access for all.

According to Davide Ioppolo, LATAM’s Regional Commercial Director for Central and Southeast Europe, United Kingdom, Nordic Countries, Middle East and South Africa (what a mouthful!):

“We are thrilled about the commencement of this operation. With our direct flights from London Heathrow International Airport to Lima. This represents a historic milestone for LATAM Airlines, as we become the only airline to connect directly to Peru from the UK. This added to the route we already operate to Sao Paulo brings us to 12 weekly frequencies from the UK and solidifies us as the best option for passengers who want to fly to South America, reaching 143 destinations in 22 countries.”

LATAM launches London to Lima flights

Earning and spending points when flying LATAM to Lima

Via British Airways Executive Club:

You can earn Avios on this service even though LATAM is not a oneworld airline. The British Airways airline partner page says that LATAM Peru counts, although you will NOT earn tier points.

There is no Avios redemption availability via BA at the moment but clearly it is early days – it may appear later. I’m not sure what LATAM routes are and are not made available for redemption via BA, given how the airline is split into separate national carriers.

Via Qatar Privilege Club:

There is a Plan B though. LATAM is also a Qatar Airways ‘earn and burn’ Avios partnersee here. You will earn Avios AND Qatar Privilege Club tier points if you credit your flight to them. If you book a cash flight, compare the ‘earn’ tables of British Airways Executive Club and Qatar Privilege Club to see which is the best for your fare type.

You should be available to redeem Avios for this flight via Qatar Privilege Club. This article shows how to link your BA and Qatar accounts. The snag is that LATAM redemptions need to be requested via an online form and you can’t check availability via the Qatar Airways website in advance.

Via Virgin Flying Club:

LATAM is also a Virgin Flying Club earning and spending partnersee the Virgin Atlantic website here. You will earn Virgin Points AND Virgin Flying Club tier points.

It’s not clear how many Virgin Points you’ll need for a business class redemption, as the Virgin Atlantic website has not yet been updated to reflect the new route.

Comments (41)

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  • Gentle Giant says:

    I don’t understand the interest. LATAM is a poor carrier, impossible to contact and get a refund. I know, I live in Brasil.

    • Bada says:

      Hi Gentle G, I disagree. I recently booked three flights on LATAM and due to a slight error on my end I contacted them via X (Twitter) and they immediately responded and quickly cancelled and refunded all of my flights. I was so impressed with their fantastic customer service that I rebooked the flights, making the adjustment I needed, and I also upgraded all three flights because I was so pleasantly surprised by their helpfulness.

    • meta says:

      I have a completely opposite experince. They answer phone with minutes, twice refund arrived within a few days and they are also really helpful with re-bookings. I did only deal with LATAM Peru and Chile, so Brazil might be different. This route will be with the Peruvian company.

      • Mike says:

        I flew LATAM to GYN via GRU return, and found them to be excellent. The seat was the same as SWISS but not 2-2-1, instead being 1-2-1 which is better. When I phoned it was answered quickly and the problem solved. Didn’t have an issue. Also like that their A320s with an empty middle seat is called premium economy not business like BA mistaken sell.

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