LATAM and oneWorld have announced that LATAM will exit oneWorld from 1 May 2020. This is 5 months earlier than had been expected.
Qantas had previously indicated that the departure would occur in October 2020. It seems, however, that LATAM has been able to negotiate an earlier departure from the alliance.
At noted below, the Qantas Frequent Flyer charts advise that Status Credits will be awarded for flights through to October.
Update Nov 2020:
LATAM will exit oneWorld on 1 October 2020. As a result, Qantas has updated its earning tables. According to a note on the Qantas Website
Note: LATAM has given notice that they will exit oneworld on 1 October 2020. Until this date passengers will continue to receive the oneworld benefits associated with LATAM’s membership. However, Qantas passengers making new bookings for travel from 1 October 2020 will no longer earn Status Credits.
This appears to affect status credits. It appears you will still earn points on LATAM flights.
South American airline LATAM has signalled its intentions to will leave the oneworld alliance, and form a partnership with Delta.
For its part, Delta has advised it will be buying into LATAM to the tune of $US1.9 Billion. This will give it a 20% stake in LATAM. This investment continues Delta’s continuing investment in a range of airlines around the world. Locally, this includes a joint venture with Virgin Australia.
Effect on OneWorld
This is a blow to OneWorld, given that LATAM provides oneWorlds main presence in South America,
The good news is that there is no immediate change to the relationship with oneWorld. They have simply given an indication of their intentions. There is also no timeline put on when they will exit OneWorld.
Therefore, we can expect that the existing frequent flyer arrangements will remain as they are. At least for the time being. Down the track, this will likely change.
For now, however, you will be able to earn points, and access all the other perks of the oneWorld alliance for the time being.
LATAM and Qantas
At present, LATAM and Qantas have a deep bilateral agreement beyond the oneWorld alliance. For example, they have an extensive codeshare arrangement.
When announcing its new 787 services to Santiago, Qantas played up its codeshare services. When flying to Santiago, Qantas customers can connect to a range of Qantas codeshare services operated by LATAM.
Will LATAM join SkyTeam?
At the moment, there has been no announcement in this regard. It is also possible that they will remain unaligned, as is the case with Virgin Australia.
This is going to shakeup the alliances. For oneWorld members, it leaves a hole in South America that may not be easily filled. For now, though, its a wait and see.