With great sadness, the LATAM is leaving Oneworld by May 1, 2020. What does this mean for us Canadians? Well, it means we cannot book your British Airways Avios to fly within South America anymore. This leaves us with redeeming our Aeroplan miles on Avianca to fly within South America. And even then, it doesn’t give us some of the great connections that Avios provides thanks to LATAM.
LATAM sweet spots
As mentioned in a previous blog post on LATAM is Leaving Oneworld, I talk about some of the sweet spots when redeeming your Avios.
Some of them include:
- Santiago Chile to Easter Island
- Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Island (GPS airport code)
- Lima to Cusco (to see Machu Picchu)
- Sao Paulo to Sao Luiz (to see Lençóis Maranhenses)
- Sao Paulo to Foz Do Iguaçu (to see Iguazu Falls)
- Santiago to Calama (to see the Atacama Desert)
I’ve personally flown on LATAM many times in the past and found them to be a convenient airline carrier.
Places I’ve used LATAM includes:
- Flying from Cusco to Quito with a connection through Lima
- Flying within Colombia and Brazil
Personally, I will be booking my Avios to fly within to Sao Luiz in Brazil, to Calama in Chile to see the Atacama desert and possibly to Easter Island as well.
Flying within South America is very expensive. They don’t have budget airlines that make it affordable for travellers to fly between countries. This is why most adventure travellers tend to travel overland to save money. Domestic flights are more affordable. However, South America is huge and you definitely need to take an international flight to cover more grounds.
Seeing LATAM leave Oneworld gives us one less opportunity to fly cheaper within the continent of South America. And while this is terrible news, we do have until the end of April to make a final booking and go on a last hurrah.
Where do you plan on booking your Avios in South America through LATAM before the split is finalized?