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Latam and Delta to offer mutual frequent flyer benefits and codesharing

Reciprocal mileage earn and redemption will be effective from April 1 onwards

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  • Codesharing between Delta and Latam Brazil is expected to be implemented in the first half of 2020;
  • An agreement was also launched between Delta and Latam’s affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Delta Airlines and Latam Airlines have reached an agreement to launch frequent flyer reciprocity across the carriers’ networks. The carriers also announced an expansion of their codesharing to more flights throughout the Americas.

Once the agreement is implemented, Latam Pass members will be able to accrue and redeem miles on Delta flights across its 300 destinations worldwide. Likewise, Delta SkyMiles members will be able to earn and use miles on Latam flights to 145 destinations in 26 countries across five continents. 

Frequent flyer benefits, including reciprocal mileage earn and redemption, will be effective from April 1 onwards. Reciprocal mileage earn and redemption will be applicable for all flights in the Delta and Latam networks. Elite reciprocal benefits, including lounge access and priority boarding, bags and seats are expected to launch later in 2020.

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Additionally, the airline groups will launch codesharing between Delta and Latam Brazil beginning in the first half of 2020, subject to governmental and regulatory approvals. The agreement will create improved opportunities for customers to connect on up to 65 routes throughout Delta’s U.S. and Canada network and up to 37 Latam routes in Brazil.

Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Codesharing has also launched between Delta and Latam’s affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. When fully implemented, these codesharing agreements would provide customers increased connectivity on up to 74 onward routes in the United States and up to 51 onward routes in South America. 

“With this frequent flyer agreement and codeshares, LATAM and its affiliates can now offer customers some of the first tangible benefits that the framework agreement with Delta promises to deliver”, said Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer, LATAM Airlines Group.

Partnership

In September 2019, Delta and Latam announced an agreement that would bring together the leading carriers in North and South America. In December 2019, Delta announced the completion of its previously announced tender offer to acquire a 20 percent equity stake in Latam. When fully implemented, the Delta and Latam partnership will hold the leading position in five of the top six South American markets from the U.S.