United Airlines and TACA have begin their code-share agreement, significantly expanding international destination options and frequent-flyer opportunities for customers of both carriers. United Airlines’ Expanded Service to Central America, Through TACA GROUP Code-share and Frequent Flyer Agreement, Starts Today; Partnership opens 18 new Central and South America destinations to United customers and gives TACA customers unprecedented access to 192 cities worldwide
“Partnering with such a prominent, high-quality Latin American airline group as TACA both strengthens the value of our service and supports our ability to grow internationally,” says Mike Whitaker, United’s vice president- Alliances, International & Regulatory Affairs. “Our agreement with TACA enables us to significantly and strategically increase the depth and breadth of our service into Central America for our customers.”
“Complementary route networks, shared commitment to superior customer service, and an experience in the industry that dates back to the beginning of the century make TACA and United natural partners in their continuous efforts to improve the customer travel experience,” says Roberto Kriete, TACA’s president of the Board and CEO. “This agreement’s forward-looking approach yields strategic implications that will enable our users to enjoy a worldwide connection and combined frequent flyer benefits.”
TACA GROUP serves 35 cities in 19 countries in the Americas, with hub operations in San Salvador, El Salvador; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Lima, Peru.
The combination of the carriers’ complementary networks opens doors for customers of each airline, giving United’s customers the opportunity to fly and earn Mileage Plus(R) miles to places never before served in Central and South America and redeem miles for award travel to destinations such as Costa Rica, Belize and Peru (e.g., Lima and Cuzco). Additionally, customers flying with TACA will have the opportunity to connect to destinations worldwide via United from four of its five U.S. domestic hubs, including Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington Dulles, while earning DISTANCIA miles.
Customers of both United and TACA may now purchase one ticket, check in for the complete journey and receive miles in their frequent flyer program from the cities United serves to destinations served by TACA, and vice versa.