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 €898 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.
This deal has been extended until January 28, 2021.
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.
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 January 28, 2021. A hefty minimum stay of seven days applies. However, flights with a shorter staying time are available at €1,146, still a great fare for this route. You have to be back in Madrid on June 30, 2021, or earlier. Availability is fairly good in the first half of 2021.
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 three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines 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 you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for 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 Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. 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.
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 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 19,980 on Delta SkyMiles
- 19,980 on Miles & More
- 16,650 on Iberia Plus
- 16,650 on British Airways Executive Club
- 16,650 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank