Here at Travel-Dealz, we usually post return fares, however, there are some instances, where one-way prices are rather impressive. In this case, SkyTeam members Aeromexico and Air Europa offer business class tickets to Sao Paulo, Brazil for a pretty interesting price. Flights without a stopover start at just €615, but a trip with a Mexico City stopover would only set you back by €804. We’d definitely consider this option, not only because of Mexico City’s beauty but to avoid travelling for 40 hours at once – even in lie-flat seats.
A great thing is that you can combine this deal with attractive Transatlantic cruises on your way back. You can find details below.
As the travel period is very far away, we recommend checking IATA’s travel map. As of writing, Mexico no longer has COVID-19 restrictions, while Brazil requires a vaccination or a negative test.
According to the fare rules, the fare can be rebooked once, although the fare difference applies. Please note that if you book with OTAs, the rules can be different.
The price without a layover doesn’t appear on Aeromexico’s website, although the fare with one does.
If the BCN-MAD and MAD-MEX flights are on the same day, you must enter the date in the form above using the keyboard. A graphic selection in the calendar is then unfortunately not possible.
You’ll fly Boeing 787s all the way. Starting off with Air Europa’s Dreamliner, you’ll spend a layover in Madrid before travelling to Mexico City onboard Aeromexico. After either a layover or a stopover, you’ll continue on a similar bird to Sao Paulo.
Our colleague Felix flew the part from Madrid to Sao Paulo using a similar deal. You can find his review below:
Here are some impressions of the cabin from the review:
Search & Book
The fare rules don’t include an expiration date. There seems to be a good, continuous availability from December 2022 to October 2023.
You can use Google Flights to find dates. Unfortunately, their price calendar doesn’t work for multi-city routings, but you can try dates and later adjust them easily. You should wait 1-3 seconds until the prices appear. Unfortunately, for our tries, only the trips with layovers appear on Aeromexico’s website. Otherwise, you’d need to use online travel agencies using our flight search.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Aeromexico issues tickets in booking class I. The standard trip would get you the following mileage:
- 22,101 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 22,076 Kilometers on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 21,106 Award Miles + 16,130 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 16,130 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 16,130 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 16,128 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 15,880 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,880 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 15,830 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 13,599 Award Miles + 72 XP on FlyingBlue
- 13,442 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 13,317 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 13,192 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 13,192 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 13,192 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 10,553 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
Hotel prices in Sao Paulo usually start at roughly €30, depending on the hotel category. Hotels in Mexico City are also in the same price category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo is an important economic and cultural center in Brazil and at the same time the most populous city in the country with 11 million inhabitants and a metropolitan region of 20 million.
The city is comparatively easy to reach from Europe, and the major hub airports are served by numerous European and Brazilian airlines. Bargains are not as common as to Rio de Janeiro, but there are still good offers.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Sao Paulo is between March and May and between October and November. At this time of year, the weather is warm, and precipitation is comparatively low.
From the airport to the city
You can get a taxi for about 23€-28€. Note that Guarulhos International Airport, which serves most international flights, is located pretty far outside the city and it can take between 45 minutes and 3 hours to get to the city center depending on traffic conditions!
→ All Dealz for Sao Paulo
Information & Tips for Mexico City
3 Tips for Mexico City
Mexico City is not quite as touristic as, for example, the seaside resort city and party destination Cancun. This means that hardly anybody speaks English, but you also don’t have to be afraid of being ripped off because you look like a tourist. My 3 tips for Mexico City:
- Torre Latinoamericana: The office tower – which looks a bit ugly from the outside – offers a fantastic view over the city, especially at dusk. The ticket is valid for several visits over the course of a whole day and costs 110 Pesos (= 4,50€).
- Chapultepec Park: There is a free zoo in Chapultepec Park. Even though admission is free, you can admire a total of 252 different animal species.
- Teotihuacán: A little outside of town are the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacán. I recommend that you get there early, otherwise you’ll have to wait in line for a long time. I came by public bus (not through an organized tour), I found the instructions on how to do that in this blog. I would also recommend checking out the cave restaurant there!
For getting around Mexico City I recommend using Uber. The countless taco stands are also great and extremely cheap. However, make sure that the meat is adequately cooled. Unfortunately, you often see that raw meat is lying somewhere in the blazing sun.
→ All Dealz for Mexico City
Flight (/Ship) Back
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any business class flights below €1,000 back to Europe. When it comes to Europe, the best prices are around €330-€350. However, we have an interesting option for you. During the Spring, many ships will travel from Brazilian ports to Europe. You can get on board them at the following prices:
The Costa cruises don’t include tips. The exact rate depends on the cruise, and it ranges between €11 and €13.5 per day per person. When you add it to the prices, MSC sailings will be cheaper. And most of us at Travel-Dealz prefer MSC over Costa in many aspects. These include no free drinks at meals, poor buffet opening times, poorer food quality, no room service and so on.
MSC Fantasia (Departure on April 3, 2023)
- To Lisbon, Portugal (13 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £499 (~€569)
- Outside cabin: £559 (~€637)
- Balcony cabin: £719 (~€820)
MSC Seashore (Departure on March 23, 2023)
- To Valencia, Spain (15 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £719 (~€820)
- Outside cabin: £939 (~€1,070)
- Balcony cabin: £1,049 (~€1,196)
Costa Firenze (Departure on April 16, 2023)
- To Barcelona, Spain (17 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £539 (~€614)
- Outside cabin: £799 (~€911)
- Balcony cabin: £999 (~€1,139)
- Suite: £1,199 (~€1,367)
- To Marseille, France (18 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £569 (~€649)
- Outside cabin: £849 (~€968)
- Balcony cabin: £1,049 (~€1,196)
- Suite: £1,259 (~€1,435)
- To Sanova, Italy (19 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £599 (~€683)
- Outside cabin: £889 (~€1,013)
- Balcony cabin: £1,109 (~€1,264)
Costa Favolosa (Departure on April 13, 2023)
- To Barcelona, Spain (15 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £439 (~€500)
- Outside cabin: £659 (~€751)
- Balcony cabin: £839 (~€956)
- To Marseille, France (15 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £489 (~€557)
- Outside cabin: £729 (~€831)
- To Sanova, Italy (17 nights) BOOK
- Inside cabin: £539 (~€614)
- Outside cabin: £789 (~€899)
- Balcony cabin: £989 (~€1,127)