South American aviation juggernaut LATAM continues to heavily discount business class tickets between Europe and its main hubs in Latin America. Their newest venture are €996 premium rides between Madrid and Santiago de Chile – two 12+ hour overnight flights on which you can put their lie-flat-seats to excellent use. Of course, lounge access and three checked bags up to 23 kg are included in this fare.
While this fare is great, we want to remind you that LATAM is currently undergoing chapter 11 bankruptcy. If this does not work out, your money is almost certainly gone.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Flights at the lowest fare are available in June, July and August 2021. Your inbound flight has to leave Chile on August 29 or earlier to get the lowest fare.
LATAM operates a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner between the two cities. These planes feature fully lie-flat-seats in a 2-2-2 pattern up front.
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According to the fare rules, these flights are on sale until May 23, 2021. A hefty minimum stay of seven days applies. You have to be back in Madrid on August 31, 2021, or earlier.
You can consult Google Flights to find suiting flight dates. While our flight search might show you even cheaper tickets, we recommend booking directly on LATAM’s website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
LATAM issues these tickets in booking class Z. Because the airline is currently in limbo while transitioning between Oneworld and SkyTeam alliance, opportunities to earn miles are limited:
- 26,640 Award Miles + 13,320 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 19,980 Award Miles on Miles&More
- 19,980 RDM + 3,996 MQD on Delta SkyMiles
- 16,650 Avios on British Airways Executive Club
- 16,650 Avios on Qatar Privilege Club
- 16,650 Avios on Iberia Plus
- 16,650 AsiaMiles on Asia Miles
- 16,650 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 16,650 Award Miles + 150 Tier Points on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 13,320 Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich