Members of the Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group (“LATAM”) frequent flyer programs can now enjoy reciprocal elite benefits when flying across each other’s networks. Depending on frequent flyer program Tier, elite benefits include:
- Seat Selection Fee Waiver
- Priority Boarding
- Lounge Access
- Preferred Seats
- Priority Check-in
- Extra Baggage Allowance
- Priority Baggage Handling
- Priority Security Check through T.S.A.
These benefits are effective for Delta and LATAM flights flown on or after Aug. 7, 2020.
Earlier in 2020, Delta and LATAM implemented the ability for Delta SkyMiles Members to earn and use miles on LATAM flights, and for LATAM Pass members to earn and use miles on Delta flights, across their respective networks.
Delta and LATAM announced an agreement in September 2019 that would bring together the leading airlines in North and South America. Once fully implemented, and once the required regulatory approvals are obtained, the partnership will offer significantly expanded travel options for customers across a broad network of destinations. Since signing the initial agreement, Delta and LATAM have achieved numerous milestones with customer benefits including:
- Trans-American Joint Venture Agreement: Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates have signed a trans-American Joint Venture Agreement that, once required regulatory approvals are granted, will combine the carriers’ highly complementary route networks between North and South America, providing customers with a seamless travel experience and industry-leading connectivity.
- Codeshare agreements between Delta and LATAM's affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil that allow customers to purchase flights and access onward destinations in their respective networks, which will be expanded to cover long-haul flights between the United States/Canada and South America, as well as regional flights.
- Smoother connections at hub airports: Customers can easily connect between Delta and LATAM flights in hub airports where the carriers have co-located, including Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City) and Terminal 3 at São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport.