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Yes, LATAM Pass miles and points do expire. However, there's a different expiration policy depending on whether you earn LATAM points or LATAM miles.
Per the LATAM FAQ page:
- “LATAM Pass Miles are valid for 36 months from their accrual, while miles earned on associated airline flights are valid for 3 calendar years”
- “LATAM Pass Points have a duration of 24 months from your last trip in which you earned points.”
There's an important distinction in this policy. LATAM miles earned for LATAM flights expire after 36 months. But, miles earned from “associate airline flights” expire at the end of the third calendar year. As the LATAM helpdesk explains:
“If you flew on August 24, 2020, then your earned miles will be valid until December 31, 2022.”
That means miles earned through partner flights have a shorter expiration than those earned through LATAM.
What Is The Difference Between LATAM Points and Miles?
You may be wondering why LATAM has two different point currencies and how you go about earning one instead of the other. It's all based on where your live — or, more importantly, which address is registered with your LATAM account.
LATAM Pass members registered in the following countries earn LATAM Pass Miles — which are valid for up to 36 months:
- New Zealand
While residents of the following territories earn LATAM Pass Points — which expire after just 24 months.
- United States
Extending the Life of Your Points or Miles
If you are in a country that earns LATAM Pass Points, you cannot extend their validity. They will expire after 24 months.
However, if you are in a country that earns LATAM Pass Miles, you can extend the expiration of your miles by a further 36 months by flying on LATAM and earning at least 1 mile. According to the LATAM helpdesk:
“You will extend your mileage duration if you fly LATAM and earn 1 or more miles; with this, your mileage duration will be renewed for 36 more months.”
A Note about the LATAM Website
During our research for this article, we found that LATAM has a lot of information across its website, and some pages seem to be more current than older pages. It also appears that the company is modifying the structure of the site. We found LATAM Pass pages with the following web address to have more up-to-date information.
When trying to find information, ensure that the web address starts as above to ensure as much as possible that the information you are getting from LATAM is correct and updated.
LATAM has one of the more complex and unusual miles and points structures (and expiration policies) around. Although it has left the Oneworld airline alliance, it is still worth keeping in mind.
While both points and miles do expire, you can extend the validity of LATAM Pass miles for another 3 years.
The airline is considered one of the largest airlines in South America, with subsidiaries across the region. If you are a regular traveler to Latin America, including LATAM in your travel plans can simplify getting around the region!
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