Qantas is set to gain another partner for shared flights and frequent flyer reward points as Brazil’s TAM Airlines joins the Oneworld alliance.
TAM's Chilean sibling LAN is already part of the Oneworld family, which also includes British Airways, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, MAS, Finnair and JAL, with Gulf carrier Qatar next on the list.
The two South American airlines merged last year but TAM remained part of Oneworld competitor Star Alliance (which counts Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, United and Lufthansa among its members).
However, TAM overnight announced it will leave Star Alliance for Oneworld, with the switch expected to take place in the second quarter of 2014.
The move will boost the network of flights and point-earning options available to Qantas travellers throughout South America.
An additional sweetener is the opportunity to trade your points on a jaunt in of the world's best first class cabins: TAM's "living room in the sky" suite, with everything from a wide couch and personal closet to a Nespresso machine!
However, until TAM officially joins Oneworld next year trips on the airline won’t count towards your Qantas Frequent Flyer tally.
Travellers should check your LAN flight's operating airline – a LAN booking with an LA number but on a TAM plane means you may not earn the Qantas points you expected.
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