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Nov. 04, 2022
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There have recently been a lot of news developments with Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan loyalty program. In late September, Alaska announced there would be a new award chart coming and some changes with partner bookings. A week later, Alaska announced that Cathay Pacific redemptions were now bookable online.

Now, it seems that LATAM Airlines redemptions are also bookable online through Mileage Plan.

Related: How to earn miles with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program

The basics

As of Nov. 3, Alaska Mileage Plan has added online bookings for LATAM. Previously, you needed to call Alaska to book any awards on LATAM, even though you could typically book all other partner redemptions online.

This is definitely a good thing because you previously had to pay a one-time $15 phone booking fee. This essentially left you with no choice because your only option was to book on the phone.

You can book LATAM business class cabin on their Boeing 767-300. ALASKAAIR.COM
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Related: Delta and LATAM win final approval for joint venture; frequent flyer enhancements expected

Sweet spot for LATAM redemptions

Alaska Airlines miles are the most valuable airline currency in TPG’s monthly valuations thanks to Alaska's many individual airline partnerships.

Alaska miles are incredibly valuable when flying business class to South America. Business-class flights to South America are all priced the same, whether you’re going to Santiago, Chile or São Paulo.

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You’ll pay 45,000 Alaska Airlines miles to fly these routes in business-class seats. Plus, you can get a free stopover when connecting through either Santiago or Lima, Peru on your way to another destination thanks to Alaska's generous stopover policy.

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If you want to get to South America on a decent business-class product, you will want to book these awards quickly. As discussed, Alaska will change award pricing by the end of the year on some routes. According to the airline, "partner award levels may vary depending on multiple factors including route, distance, or demand."

Related: Best sweet spots with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Bottom line

It’s now possible to redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles for travel on LATAM Airlines online. Although there are better ways to use Alaska Mileage Plan miles, redeeming them on LATAM business class to and from South America provides solid redemption value. Also, given a potential upcoming devaluation, it might be a good idea to lock in an award flight on LATAM now, even if it's for travel into 2023.

The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card is currently offering 50,000 bonus miles, plus Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22), after you spend $2,000 or more within the first 90 days of opening your account.

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  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023