The joint venture agreement between Delta and LATAM is being strengthened further still with the addition of codeshare on 20 routes across the Americas.
The codeshare routes will be predominantly through the airlines’ hubs in Atlanta (ATL), Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Santiago (SCL), and São Paulo (GRU).
“This codeshare agreement is a sign of the depth of the strategic agreement between LATAM and Delta, offering the largest network of connections in the continent, with better schedules, safety and a world-class, award-winning service,” said Marty St. George, CCO of LATAM.
Earning and redeeming miles, as well as qualifying points, will be available for all customers in either their LATAM Pass or SkyMiles accounts.
Let’s take a closer look.
A Better Connected North and South America
The term “codesharing” is when airlines partner together and allow passengers to book a 1 ticket journey with multiple airlines. In basic terms, codesharing benefits passengers by enabling them to check their luggage through to their final destination, as well as guaranteeing they would be helped to their final destination in the case of delays and cancellations.
On Delta’s side, the U.S. giant has introduced its flight number on 12 international routes operated by LATAM, now available to book via delta.com. This includes certain routes to South America from Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), and Orlando (MCO) where customers will be able to connect on Delta flights from across the U.S.
These are the 12 international routes in question:
- Boston (BOS) to São Paulo (GRU)
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Lima (LIM)
- Miami (MIA) to Lima (LIM)
- Miami (MIA) to Santiago (SCL) via Bogotá (BOG)
- Miami (MIA) to São Paulo (GRU)
- New York (JFK) to Lima (LIM)
- Orlando (MCO) to Lima (LIM)
- Orlando (MCO) to São Paulo (GRU)
To create further seamless connections onwards across South America, Delta is also adding its flight numbers to 10 intra-South American routes, 9 of which are from Santiago (SLC) and 1 from São Paulo:
- 6 of those routes are international within South America: Santiago (SLC) to Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), Montevideo (MVD, Rio de Janeiro (GIG), and São Paulo (GRU), and from São Paulo (GRO) to Montevideo (MVD)
- 4 are domestic routes within Chile from the capital Santiago to Antofagasta (ANF), Concepcion (CCP), Puerto Montt (PMC), and Punta Arenas (PUQ)
LATAM is reciprocating by adding its flight number to 8 of Delta’s routes between Atlanta (ATL) and New York (JFK), and South America:
- From Atlanta, codeshares are now available on flights to Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), Quito (UIO), Rio de Janeiro (GIG) (resuming February 22, 2022), Santiago (SLC), and São Paulo (GRU)
- From New York, codeshare flights are to Bogotá (BOG) and São Paulo (GRU)
This latest update is set to be just the beginning of an even more expansive codeshare plan. In the coming months, routes on Delta’s domestic U.S. network, as well as some trans-border routes to Canada, will be introduced into the codeshare.
Codesharing and airlines strengthening their partnerships seem to be popular strategies as the industry continues to navigate its way through the turbulent wake of the pandemic.
The codeshares now available between Delta and LATAM flights to, from, and within South America mean U.S. citizens now have more exciting and exotic destinations to consider.
Not only that, but frequent Delta flyers will now be able to earn and redeem their SkyMiles in more ways than before.
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