LATAM Pass - LATAM Chile

LATAM PASS is the official frequent flyer program for LATAM Airlines. You will find that this program offers its members the chance to earn points "KMS" that can be used to redeem things like free award flights, cabin upgrades, hotel bookings, and even car rentals when you are out of town. This program has a distance-based system for earning points, meaning the number of points or miles you earn is directly connected to the number of miles you travel with your booked flights.

One of the great things about LATAM PASS is the fact that this airline has so many different partners, so earning points is fairly easy. If you want to become eligible to redeem a variety of rewards and fly with LATAM Airlines often, you should definitely take the time to look into this program and everything it has to offer. There are a lot of different airline rewards programs out there, but most of them don’t compare to this one in terms of earning and redemption potential. The routing rules for this program are also fairly lax, so you can save money with your award flights and upgrades that you redeem with the points you accrue.
  • Pros
  • No fuel surcharges ❺
  • Good number of partner airlines
  • Cons
  • No one way awards
  • Low saver awards availability
  • Not transparent award pricing ❹
  • Small number of transfer partners
  • Partner airlines cannot be booked online
  • Fees & Charges
  • Cancellation fee ❸
    4,000 kms
  • Change award fee ❷
  • Phone booking fee ❶
  • Expiration: Kms expire 36 months since last activity.
  • For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
  • ❶ $15 charge to book domestic flights by phone and $25 charge to book international flights
  • ❷ Flight change fees depend on the distance flown and number of days until departure and range from $20 to $300
  • ❸ Cancelled award tickets are fined according to the distance traveled and range from 4,000 to 35,000 kilometers
  • ❹ Award charts show only the lowest number of kilometers required
  • ❺ Most airline partners do not impose fuel surcharges

Transfer Partners

Starwood points
0.6667 : 1
+ 5,000 bonus
30 days
Hyatt points
1.25 : 1
56 days
Hilton points
3.85 : 1
4 days
Marriott points
4 : 1
42 days
IHG points
5 : 1
42 days
Carlson points
10 : 1
42 days
The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to LATAM Pass.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

LATAM Brasil LATAM Brasil
airberlin airberlin
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines
No alliance
American Airlines American Airlines
British Airways British Airways
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
Finnair Finnair
Iberia Iberia
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
Qantas Qantas
Qatar Airways Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian
S7 Airlines S7 Airlines
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines

Program review

Program Review

LATAM Airlines is a South American airline holding company incorporated under Chilean law and headquartered in Santiago, Chile. This group also has offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with subsidiaries in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Airlines signed a non-binding agreement on August 13, 2010, and papers to close the merger on June 22, 2012, with TAM Airlines shareholders agreeing to the takeover by LAN Airlines. In August of 2015, it was officially announced that all LATAM Airline Group airlines would fully rebrand as LATAM, with one unified livery to be applied on all aircraft by 2018.

LATAM Pass Program

The LATAM Pass program from LATAM Airlines is distance-based, meaning that members of the program earn points/miles based on the number of miles they travel through this airline and its partners. Those who are a member of this rewards program will be able to earn points through flights with LATAM Airlines and their partners, as well as various hotels and car rental businesses. This program makes it easy for members to earn points and redeem a variety of rewards. With thousands of satisfied members, this program is one of the highest-rated in the world for many reasons.

Earning LATAM Pass Points

As a member of the LATAM Pass rewards program, you will earn points/miles every time you fly on LATAM Airlines, oneworld, and associated airlines. It is important to keep in mind that when you fly, your earning of points depends on the type of flight, which depends on the destination you are traveling to as well as the type of fare you buy for your trip. 
If you want to know how much you will earn, all you must do is review the earning percentages of LATAM Airlines, oneworld or associated airlines. If you want to know the amount of KMS you earn for each route, check the distances table on the airline’s official website.

It is important to keep in mind that you will always earn a minimum base distance of 800 KMS in Chile, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia. You will earn 600 KMS in Ecuador on each leg of your trip. If you are going to make connections during your flight, each segment is considered separate for earning KMS. Some of the different partner airlines that you can fly with to earn points in this program include Aeromexico, Japan Airlines, Airberlin, Qantas, Finnair, Iberia, Malaysia Airlines, and Royal Jordanian.

You will also be able to earn LATAM Pass points just by staying at certain hotels. Some of the different hotel chains that you can stay at to earn these points include Starwood, Marriot Rewards, Hilton HHonors, Intercontinental, Carlson Rezidor, and Hyatt. You will earn a certain number of points every time you book a room at one of these hotels.

You can earn points by renting cars as well. With the new Hertz LATAM Pass alliance, you will be able to earn LATAM Pass KMS on all of your rentals. In Chile, you will accrue 1.5 LATAM Pass KMS for every dollar you spend. While you are abroad, you will accrue 400 LATAM Pass KMS in private leases and 800 LATAM Pass KMS en corporate leases.

Redeeming Mileage Points

There are a number of things that you can redeem the mileage points you earn in this program for, including award flights, cabin upgrades, car rentals, and hotel bookings. 

When you use LATAM Pass kilometers on flights operated by LATAM and its subsidiaries, the number of kilometer required are governed by one of two award charts, an international chart that breaks down the number of kilometers for travel within South America by country and a domestic award chart that breaks down the kilometers required for each city pair in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.

These flights do not come particularly cheap in terms of the number of kilometers flown compared with domestic American itineraries on the big three U.S. airlines. Domestic flights can run up to 28,000 kilometers round trip, international flights within South America can be up to 44,000 kilometers, and flights to the U.S. can be up to 70,000 kilometers.

When you want to travel with oneworld partners, LATAM Pass uses a distance-based redemption chart that can be very advantageous if you maximize the different buckets, particularly the 2,001- to 5,000-kilometer category that requires 27,000 kilometers each way and the 5,001- to 10,000-kilometer category that requires 35,000 kilometers each way.

Routing Rules

One of the good things about LATAM Airlines is that there isn’t a ton of routing rules. You will find that stopovers and open-jaws are permitted, and the airline does not add fuel surcharges for most partner airlines.

Benefits of LATAM Airlines’ LATAM Pass Program

There are many reasons that you should consider becoming a member of the LATAM Pass program, including the fact that there are so many different ways to earn mileage points. You will also have a lot of options when it comes to how you can spend/redeem these points. There are some fairly lax routing rules when it comes to award flights as well, which is definitely something you should take into consideration before deciding whether or not to join.

Elite Levels

The LATAM Pass program has a number of Elite levels that you can work your way up to after earning enough points. These levels include:
Gold: oneworld Ruby status; two upgrade coupons; 25% bonus kilometer; priority check-in for the member on LATAM flights; priority baggage handling; maternity status extension; automated call alert on flight changes
Platinum: oneworld Sapphire status; six upgrade coupons; 100% bonus kilometer; priority check-in for the member and one companion on LATAM flights; lounge access for member and a companion; priority boarding; one additional checked bag; priority call center; waived change fees on award flights
Black: oneworld Emerald status; unlimited upgrades for member and six upgrade coupons per year for companions; preferential seats available; personalized call alert for flight changes
Black Signature: Priority check-in and boarding for the member, family, and one companion; lounge access for the member, family and one companion on LATAM flights; special Executive Services at the airport when available

Booking Fees/Charges

There are some fees and charges you might encounter when flying with LATAM Airlines, including a $35-$75 fee for changing flights, and a $40-$125 refund fee.

Redeeming on Upgrades

If you want to use the points you have accrued as a LATAM Pass member, you will need to first check-in for your flight on the airline’s official website. You will then need to click on the link that takes you to the page to request a Courtesy Cabin Upgrade.