But… don’t expect any reciprocal elite status recognition for awhile:
In keeping with SkyTeam’s focus on enriching the customer experience, Aerolíneas Argentinas will implement SkyPriority – SkyTeam priority airport services for Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers worldwide – by the end of 2012.
The majority state-owned airline, which was re-nationalized in 2008, has been in the process of joining since November 2010. I would have imagined that being ready to provide elite recognition would have been a precondition to actually joining the alliance. I guess the folks at Amsterdam felt they had waited long enough.
Aerolinas Argentinas flies Miami-Buenos Aires as their only US route though I have to imagine that they’ll eventually add more US service. They used to fly to New York JFK and Orlando.
Their business class is antiquated. But it’s another option for redeeming Delta Skymiles, and as Lucky pointed out in June after Aerolinas Argentinas became a Delta redemption partner, you could even redeem Miami-Buenos Aires-Sydney, with a Buenos Aires stopover. Not that I’d want to travel that route myself.