American Codeshares With TAM and Improves its Codesharing with LAN

As if it weren’t already all but a foregone conclusion that LATAM — the parent of South American airlines LAN and TAM — would swing towards oneworld (LAN is a oneworld member, TAM is in Star), American has announced that they’ve signed codesharing agreements with both TAM and LAN Colombia.

Oneworld is already the strongest alliance between the US and South America, even though Star recently picked up AviancaTaca as a member. When I’m looking to book awards between the North and South American continents I always prefer American and British Airways points for the bookings — American’s availability is reasonably good, especially from its Miami hub, and LAN’s is good as well.

Further, as part of the announcement, American indicates that they’ll be launching more South American service — Dallas – Bogota to connect up to LAN Colombia and Miami – Curitiba and also Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Even though getting closer to the combined LAN and TAM is not unexpected, I was surprised to see the codesharing announcement — because recently there were some significant glitches in the codesharing between American and LAN, such that American’s reservations agents were being instructed not to book codeshares on LAN flights at least for certain routes. They were even unable to change existing codeshare tickets.

Given this announcement, I asked about the glitches, and was told,

A few weeks ago we experienced some technical difficulties when booking codeshare flights on LAN. For the most part, these difficulties were related to LAN’s transition to Sabre as their new reservation system. All of those technical issues are now resolved and agents can book codeshare flights on LAN as usual.

I hadn’t realized the problems were fixed, but glad for that and also the strengthening of what’s already a great mileage currency for travel to and within South America.

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  1. Those new Brazil routes should make it easier for me to get an award seat for the World Cup in 2014, since I can now choose between OW and *A. Great news!

  2. Last week executives from AA and IAG Group were here im Brazil having closed door meetings with TAM Airlines.
    I think the oneworld joining announcement will come earlier than we expect.

  3. American will be getting A319 next year more suitable for Latin America small markets. Right now, AviancaTaca operates A319 and A318 and those are perfect for low season. Thus tickets are in the range of 600 USD for flights that take less than 2 hours. American cant get a full load on some of those markets using 737-8.

    Avios is the perfect mileage program ( cross our fingers). A flight from MIA to BOG or similar is just 20k avios and 70.00 on average. You cant beat that !

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