In Argentina there are several options to access air tickets without spending money or spending below the rate when you want to make a trip. The vast majority of the world’s airlines have loyalty programs that reward travelers with miles every time they take a plane, which can be exchanged later for new tickets or part of them.
But this is not all, there are also companies, such as fintechs or banks, that have their own award programs for their customers and users, which also grant miles to be redeemed at airlines.
Such is the case of Wowthe company founded by Pierpaolo Barbieriwhich announced at the end of 2021 that with its Ualá+ program, users of its App would add points that could then be exchanged for AAdvantage mileage packages, the American Airlines mileage system.
According to the airline’s official website, An Argentine could travel to Miami for free by exchanging 59,500 milesin addition to the charge of fees and taxes, which cannot be replaced and must be paid with money. Another option offered by the company is a flight to San Antonio, Texas, in exchange for 74,500 miles, or to Oklahoma for 75,000. It should be clarified that all these values were taken for a trip from 07/01/22 to 07/08/22.
Another of the companies that has a benefit in miles for its clients is the BBVA Bankthe company that just launched its BBVA Points program. A) Yes, bank customers can earn points every time they spend with their credit cardsdepending on the relationship 1 point = 1 dollar or its equivalent in pesosas well as with automatic debits.
The points may be used to contract a service in its entirety or may be combined with pesos. All customers who have a BBVA, Visa or Mastercard credit card will be able to take advantage of the new plan without registering, since they are included automatically.
The accumulated points will be credited 10 business days after the closing of the credit card and will be valid for 3 years. “The variety of redemption options is immense, for example, they will be able to access domestic flights from 4,000 points, and international flights from 10,000 points”, they detailed from the company, who also said that this is not all, but that they can also be used to pay for hotels and more “activities”.
More ways to earn miles
Aerolineas Argentinas has a miles program called Airlines Plus what rewards passengers for flying with the company or with any company in the SkyTeam alliance -Delta, Air France, Aeroméxico, KLM Air Europa, ITA Airways, among others- giving them miles that can be redeemed for more flights from any company in the group.
With Aerolineas Plus it is also possible to collect miles with each credit card expense that is made with a plastic issued by one of the associated banks, namely: Amex, Banco Credicoop, Banco Hipotecario, Banco Macro, Banco Nación and Banco Provincia. That is to say that the consumptions that are made with credit from any of these banks will also serve to increase the mileage.
The smile clubbelonging to Gol Linhas Aéreas, is a program of monthly membership that grants miles that can then be redeemed on international or domestic flights among the more than 50 associated airlines among which are Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Air France, KLM, Emirates, Air Europa, Iberia, Avianca, Aeroméxico and Air Canada.
In total it offers 6 different memberships, namely: club 1,000 that grants a thousand monthly miles for $950; club 2,000 that grants two thousand monthly miles for $1,750; club 5,000 that grants five thousand monthly miles for $4,400; Club 7,000 that grants seven thousand monthly miles for $5,600; club 10,000 that grants ten thousand monthly miles for $7,500; and club 20,000 that grants twenty thousand monthly miles for $14,400. The monthly fees of the Smiles Club -being a membership in pesos- do not charge the 65% surcharge paid by the “tourist dollar”, but this is included in the number of miles needed to exchange for an international flight.
In addition, it is also possible to accumulate miles when making expenses with credit cards issued by its associated banks, among them are Banco Santander, Banco Galicia, AMEX, Banco Patagonia, Banco Comafi and Banco Municipal de Rosario.
Another mileage club that can be found in the country is the one offered by Latam, in its Latam Club Pass There are two types of memberships: Basic -which offers 1,000 monthly miles plus a 5% discount on exchanging miles for tickets, a 15% discount on the direct purchase of miles and exclusive offers for $18-, and the Cousin -which offers 3,000 monthly miles plus a 10% discount on exchanging miles for tickets, a 20% discount on the purchase of miles and exclusive offers for $50. Although this Club has fewer membership options than Smiles, it has another method called “booster” that allows the traveler to improve the contracted plan whenever he wishes.
Latam is associated with companies such as British Airways, Lufthansa, Iberia, Swiss Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines and more airlines in which the members of the cliub can use their miles to travel. They are valid for 3 years and can also be accumulated by making purchases at associated companies.