TAM is a Brazilian based airline with good coverage of South America as well as non-stop flights from Miami and New York to Brazil. We can redeem plenty of other miles on TAM flights, including US Airways Dividend Miles, American Airlines AAdvantage Miles, British Airways Avios and Lufthansa Miles & More. The tough part is that most partner search engines will not show award availability on TAM. To reserve award space, you have to know where to search and how to book.
Where Does TAM Fly?
TAM flies all over Brazil as well as many destinations in South America. There are also non-stop flights to both Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro from New York and Miami. This is a great way to get to South America or travel around once there.
How We Can Use Other Miles On TAM
TAM is a member of oneworld and has additional partners. We can redeem miles of the oneworld partners:
- US Airways
- British Airways
- American Airlines.
For any of these miles programs, we can mix flights on TAM with other oneworld partners as well. As an example, if we are redeeming American Airlines miles, we can mix award space on American Airlines, US Airways, LAN and TAM to construct the perfect itinerary. We just have to find low-level award space on all these airlines. For the remaining oneworld partners, you can find the award availability on the British Airways website as well and then call the customer service line for US Airways, British Airways or American Airlines to book.
In addition, even though TAM left the Star Alliance, it has retained its relationship with Lufthansa. This means we can still redeem our Lufthansa miles on TAM flights along with other Star Alliance partners. To redeem Lufthansa miles to South America, you can search on the British Airways website for TAM availability and on the United Airlines website for the remaining Star Alliance partners. I previously gave a full explanation on how to leverage the Lufthansa award chart to visit many cities: How To Visit Four South American Cities on One 60,000 Lufthansa Award (and No Fuel Surcharges!)
The Steps to Finding And Booking Award Availability
To search for award availability, it’s best to visit the British Airways website. US Airways, American Airlines and Lufthansa will not show award space for TAM although you can book seats if you call customer service for any of these miles programs.
To start the search, just visit the British Airways website. You do need a British Airways Executive Club Avios account to search for availability, but it’s free to join. Once you’ve logged into your account, click on Executive Club and then Spending Avios. Then click on Book Flights with Avios on the left hand side.
On the next page, I will have a chance to type in cities and dates and the award availability will come up. You can scroll through adjacent dates at the top and you will also see availability for Economy, Business and First Class at once.
The award space you find on the British Airways website will be available to the other miles programs for which TAM is a partner – American Airlines, US Airways and Lufthansa. Don’t pay attention to British Airways pricing for the TAM flights as each miles program has its own pricing. Just write down the flight number and call customer service for the miles program you’re actually using to book the flights.
Planning a trip to South America soon? Here are some more posts on how to get there with miles: