São Paulo: €947 Aeromexico Business from Spain Until May 2022 (40 Hours Lie-Flat)

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SkyTeam member Aeromexico currently sells quite a lot of interesting business class tickets. Currently, they run a promotion for tickets to São Paulo, Brazil. With a travel time of more than 40 hours in a premium cabin, this is one of the best value-for-money deals we ever had to offer.

A stopover in Mexico City for several days increases the price by €250, but makes the journey even more attractive.

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Sadly, Aeromexico’s refund policies have expired, making these tickets non-refundable.

Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.

A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.

Our availability calendar shows all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you with your selected flight dates to Aeromexico’s website.

While Aeroméxico’s website does not show them, it is also possible to find these tickets with departure from Barcelona, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. Google Flights will show you online travel agencies that sell these tickets. All of these flights require an additional stop in Madrid or Paris.

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When it comes to money per hour spent in a business class seat, it doesn’t get much better than this.

While the itinerary doesn’t make much sense from a distance standpoint, it represents a decent opportunity to spend time in a business class cabin and earn miles. All flights are operated by Aeromexico’s Boeing 787-9 (1-2-1) aircraft.

Warning

We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.

Search & Book

The fare rules specify this offer ends on November 7, 2021. At least one night from Saturday to Sunday needs to pass between your arrival and departure from Brazil. Your journey has to end on March 31, 2022, or earlier.

You can find suiting flight dates with Google Flights (instructions). While online travel agencies sell these tickets as well, the price difference does not justify the additional risks. Aeromexico has the best possible offer itself.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines 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 receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for 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.
  3. 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.

Stopover in Mexico City

If you are already in Mexico City after such a long journey, it definitely makes sense to leave the airport and explore the marvels of the gigantic metropolis. The best way to do that is Aeromexico’s multi stop search. Prices start at €1,206 per person:

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Incredible, but true – the business fare is cheaper than premium economy.
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:

  1. 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€).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Mileage

Aeromexico tickets all flights segments in booking class I. This results in awesome opportunities to earn miles with most SkyTeam frequent flyer programs:

  • 65,994 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 42,898 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 41,012 Award Miles + 30,760 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 30,756 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 30,756 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 30,756 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 30,756 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 30,756 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 30,756 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 26,654 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 25,634 Award Miles + 132 XP on FlyingBlue
  • 25,630 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 25,630 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 25,630 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 25,630 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 25,630 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 20,504 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
Information & Tips for Brazil

Brazil is probably the country in South America that is most frequented by tourists. Whether it’s the carnival or the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro or touring the Amazon, visitors will get their money’s worth here.

Traditionally, flights to South America and Brazil from Europe are quite expensive, but since a few years, there are increasingly cheap offers, especially with Iberia and TAP.

Best Time to Visit

Brazil is a vast country – so there is no such thing as an overall best travel time. It all depends on what you want to see. It is best to visit the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort the rainforest is from May to September.

Climate diagram for Sao Paulo (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Rio De Janeiro (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Brasilia (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

EU citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days and can enter with a passport only. Note that, similar to the USA, that after your first stop in Brazil your luggage must be collected and brought through customs. Calculate accordingly when booking a connecting flight.

→ All Dealz for Brazil

Information & Tips for Mexico

Mayan pyramids, dreamy beaches and tacos – Mexico is an incredibly diverse country. If you want to experience the Spanish-speaking country to its fullest, you should definitely stay somewhere other than the tourist hotspots and seaside resorts.

The Best Time to Travel

The perfect travel time is from December to April, during this time it hardly rains and the temperatures are pleasant. Unsurprisingly, during the rainy season from May to October there is more rainfall. Beware of some extreme weather phenomenons that might be unknown to Europeans: Hurricane season lasts from June to November! Those who want to travel to typical holiday areas like Cancún and do not want to spend lots of money should travel in the off season. Areas with less touristic relevance such as Mexico City, on the other hand, are relatively constant throughout the year from a price perspective.

Climate diagram for Ciudad de Mexico (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Cancun (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency, Credit Cards & Tipping

The official currency of the country is the Mexican Peso. 1 EUR equals about MX$23. The acceptance of credit cards is comparable to or even slightly better than Germany. In almost all shops, even small kiosks, it is possible and quite normal to pay by card. The same applies to restaurants. For street vendors, street snack bars and the like, it is advisable to have a few pesos in cash with you. It is unusual to tip taxis or cab drivers. At a restaurant, 10-15 percent are normal, as long as the tip is not already listed on the bill as a line item. When paying by card, you can usually choose how much you want to tip at the card terminal before entering the pin. Housekeeping at a hotel should usually be tipped 20-40 Pesos per day, small favours have a going tip rate of 5 Pesos.

Immigration & Visa Requirements

Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. All you need to do is fill out the tourist card that is handed out onboard the plane. For touristic and business purposes, a visa-free stay of 180 days is possible.

→ All Dealz for Mexico

Cover Picture: © Aeromexico

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Comments (7)

  1. Louis says:

    Hey Felix

    Do you anticipate any more of these sub-€1000 fares for Aeromexico or Latam in the future? I’m kicking myself for not booking earlier & any kind of business availability for AM seems non-existent for months now. Hoping the silver lining of Omicron is an extension of these type of deals.

    For Europe-based Skymiles members, these routes & locations are about the surest thing you can bank on this coming year. Not confident my booked AF trips to Asia (Korea & Japan) will be going ahead.

    • Felix says:

      Hi Louis,

      sadly, I don’t see them coming back soon. While I am happy that I took the chance to book back in August, I feel completely opposite to you: A bit anxious about Omicron messing up my trip.

      • Louis says:

        Totally get you on that but if it’s any consolation, Mexico & Brazil have been open for business more than pretty much anywhere else during this whole thing.

        I don’t expect Brazil to change much until Bolsonaro is gone (late ’22) & Mexico seems to be prioritising staying open to Western holidaymakers.

        I’m now looking to book an alternative to Korea in March as there seems little chance they’ll be open by then. Barbados, Dom Rep, Mexico, Brazil or Colombia with AF/KLM are under consideration. Would love Aeromexico for the miles but can’t see anything emerging soon either.

  2. Guidogh says:

    Where do you find that this deal is refundable? It books in I-class of which AM confirms its non refundable. Also fare notes indicate that it is non refundable

    • Felix says:

      Hi Guidogh! Thanks for pointing that out. This deal used to be refundable, but Aeromexico seems to have deleted all pages related to their Covid refund policy.

  3. Wunderer says:

    40 Stunden mit Maske und weniger Service, man muss schon Masochist sein um dafür noch 1000 Euro zu zahlen…

    • CGNLIS says:

      1. der Service ist mittlerweile fast identisch zu 2019
      2. die 40 Stunden stellen die Gesamtreisezeiten dar und nicht Flugzeiten. Da kann man theoretisch einen schönen Tag in MEX zwischen Flügen verbringen.
      3. die Länge dieser Flüge bietet unglaublich gute Prämien- und Statusmeilen (132 XP bei AF/KL!), und das eben für unter 1000euro.

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