Brazilian carrier, TAM Airlines today joined the Star Alliance network, creating a firm base in South America for the airline grouping. It is the organisation’s 27th member carrier.
TAM Airlines flies to over 40 destinations in Brazil and 10 airports across South America. Recent years have seen it expand its intercontinental network to cover a range of destinations in the US and Europe, many being Star Alliance hubs.
TAM Airlines’ joining completes a process, which originally began in 2006 with the first informal negotiations. As reported early by Business Traveller (see news), the carrier started to work in earnest to integrate itself into Star Alliance in 2008.
Its Fidelidade customers can from today collect and redeem points when travelling on all other Star Alliance member carriers. By the same token, participants in the other member carriers’ Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP) earn points every time they fly TAM Airlines and can redeem points on the TAM network.
An added alliance benefit is that travel on any Star Alliance member carrier counts towards achieving status in the selected FFP. One of the Star Alliance Gold membership benefits is Lounge access. Now with TAM Airlines, the number of designated Gold Lounges across the network has grown to over 990.