LATAM Airlines is the unified airline of LAN and TAM, both oneworld members. The two airlines are still in the process of the merger.. and it is taking ages to complete. A majority of the planes are still painted in separate LAN and TAM liveries, while the branding is all as one unified airline.
Personally, I really like the logo and branding.. but both airlines aren’t really worthy of flying. The service isn’t the best and the planes aren’t the newest. The LAN Boeing 787 Dreamliner is nice, but that’s as good as it gets with the entire fleet. Not only is LATAM not the best airline in the world, but they’re just so damn stingy with the award availability they release to their partners, such as American Airlines and British Airways.
Booking LATAM awards these days usually requires booking 360 days before departure, when the schedule just opens up since LATAM makes a ton of seats available then… and then they pull all of those away within a few days. Some routes, like Los Angeles to Santiago, are rarely available using miles. The Lima to New York JFK is bookable – though not always.
But just how stingy is LATAM? They have over 20 daily flights between Lima and Cusco and none of them are available for mileage redemption using oneworld airlines. It is absolutely ridiculous. The flight is about an hour – so it would cost just 4.5k British Airways Avios and less than $5 USD in taxes/fees… but LATAM has decided to charge a premium on this route and make literally zero seats available closer to departure… meanwhile Avianca has a ton of seats available for mileage redemption throughout their network.
Would it kill LATAM to release at least one seat on a few of their Lima to Cusco flights? Would it?