Delta snagged a partnership with LATAM out from under American’s nose. Delta is buying 20% of the South American airline, and LATAM will leave oneworld. It’s not joining SkyTeam but will focus on bilateral partnerships instead.
One of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten over the past couple of months is from American AAdvantage members with tickets for travel on LATAM, wondering whether they’ll be able to credit the flights to their AAdvantage accounts and earn miles. It looks like the ability to do so will continue through September 2020, based on new information about when LATAM will leave the oneworld alliance.
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Note: LATAM has given notice that they will exit oneworld on 1 October 2020. Until this date passengers will continue to receive the oneworld benefits associated with LATAM’s membership. However, Qantas passengers making new bookings for travel from 1 October 2020 will no longer earn Status Credits.
Since Qantas plans to retain a relationship with LATAM outside of oneworld, Qantas Frequent Flyers will still earn miles on LATAM flights it seems but not elite qualifying credit. American AAdvantage members aren’t expected to be able to earn anything on LATAM flights once the South American carrier departs oneworld.