TAM Joins Star Alliance, ANA Website Updated to Search Awards on TAM!

TAM joined the Star Alliance today.

Never heard of TAM? They’re the the biggest airline in the Southern Hemisphere and they’re based in Brazil. They fly to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, the US, and the biggest destinations in Europe.

TAM appears to have a nice new first class product, not true suites (and no doors – hah!) but certainly a good looking seat. So you know I’m happy with their joining Star! Maybe I can convince US Airways to route a US – Europe award via Sao Paolo?

Wednesday night S&P downgraded TAM’s debt but the timing seems odd. Their concern is that yields won’t recover sufficiently in the Brazilian market, but goodness knows that the Star tie-in should help.

Most importantly, the ANA Mileage Club award search website – the Star Alliance award search tool killer app – has already been updated such that it includes TAM when searching award availability. Thanks much to the folks in Japan!

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  1. have you booked with usair larely? i have been finding that their agents are much more in the know than they used to be and much less willing to do crazy routings and stopovers…

  2. Gary,

    I was waiting for your post with a mention of award
    availability, and you haven’t disappointed.

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