Reciprocal Earning of Miles Now in Effect Between LATAM and Delta Air Lines

Members of both the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles and LATAM Airlines Group LATAM Pass frequent flier loyalty programs will enjoy reciprocal benefits across both airlines — including the ability to earn miles on the full networks of both airlines…

Reciprocal Earning of Miles Now in Effect Between LATAM and Delta Air Lines

…and the tables for earning frequent flier loyalty program miles have been released by both airlines; and the reciprocal earning of miles between the SkyMiles and LATAM Pass membership programs became effective as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Delta Air Lines officially announced a strategic partnership in which it will invest $1.9 billion for a 20 percent stake in LATAM Airlines Group S.A. through a public tender offer at $16.00 per share, to be funded principally with newly issued debt and available cash. That announcement led to the departure of LATAM Airlines Group from the oneworld alliance to be effective as of Friday, May 1, 2020; but the airline has not announced any plans to join the SkyTeam alliance.

As first announced on Thursday, February 27, 2020, members of SkyMiles and LATAM Pass will be able to earn and redeem miles in both of the frequent flier loyalty programs across the networks of Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group respectively effective as of — or after — Wednesday, April 1, 2020 across greater than 435 destinations worldwide.

Earning SkyMiles on Flights Operated by LATAM

LATAM Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

Here is the earnings table of Delta Air Lines SkyMiles for flights which are marketed and operated by LATAM Airlines.

 
Purchased
Accrual Class
Fare Class Purchased
Base Miles
Class Bonus
Total Miles Earned
Medallion Qualification Miles(2)
Medallion
Qualification Dollars(3)
Medallion Mileage Bonus(4)
Business
J,C
100 percent
100 percent
200 percent
200 percent
40 percent
Yes
Business
D,I,Z
100 percent
50 percent
150 percent
150 percent
30 percent
Yes
Premium Economy
W
100 percent
50 percent
150 percent
150 percent
30 percent
Yes
Premium Economy
P
100 percent
25 percent
125 percent
150 percent
25 percent
Yes
Full Economy
Y,B
100 percent
25 percent
125 percent
150 percent
25 percent
Yes
Economy
H,K,M
100 percent
100 percent
100 percent
20 percent
Yes
Economy
L,V,X
75 percent
75 percent
100 percent
15 percent
Yes
Discounted Economy
S,N,Q
50 percent
50 percent
100 percent
10 percent
Yes
Deeply Discounted Economy
O,G,A
25 percent
25 percent
100 percent
5 percent
  1. Partner-marketed flights will earn miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class paid. Unless otherwise noted, mileage credit is only applicable to partner flights of Delta Air Lines that are marketed and operated by that partner or Delta Air Lines. For the purposes of calculating mileage credit and Medallion Qualification Dollars, distance flown means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Delta Air Lines in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled on any individual flight.
  2. Medallion Qualification Miles are used as a counter to determine SkyMiles Medallion Status. Flights and itineraries eligible for Medallion Qualification Miles will earn a minimum of 500 Medallion Qualification Miles per segment.
  3. Medallion Qualification Dollars apply to Medallion qualification. Flights marketed by the partner will earn Medallion Qualification Dollars based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class paid. For the purposes of calculating mileage credit and Medallion Qualification Dollars, distance flown means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Delta Air Lines in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled on any individual flight.
  4. Medallion Mileage Bonus is based on base miles earned:
    • Diamond = 120 percent
    • Platinum = 80 percent
    • Gold = 60 percent
    • Silver = 40 percent

Earning LATAM Pass Points on Flights Operated by Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines bankruptcy emergence Salt Lake City

Photograph ©2007 by Brian Cohen.

Here is the earnings table of LATAM Pass points for flights which are marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines.

Cabin or Class
Fares With Which You Earn Points
Percentage of Points Earned
Delta One or Domestic First Class
J, C
200 percent
Delta One or Domestic First Class
D, I, Z
150 percent
Premium Economy
F, P
150 percent
Premium Economy
A, G
125 percent
Comfort +
W, S
125 percent
Economy
Y, B
125 percent
Economy
M, H, Q
100 percent
Economy
K, L, U
75 percent
Economy
T, X, V
50 percent
Basic Economy
E
25 percent
Elite Bonus
Elite Categories
Percentage of Bonus
Gold
20 percent
Gold Plus
40 percent
Platinum
80 percent
Black
100 percent
Black Signature
120 percent

Summary

A strengthened — yet similar in some ways — partnership between American Airlines and Alaska Airlines also became effective as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

More choices which are flexible are almost always welcome to have for consumers; and the latest iteration of this partnership is proving itself to be just that.

All photographs ©2007 and ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

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