SkyTeam member Aeromexico currently sells quite a lot of interesting business class tickets. In addition to their sub €1,000 premium rides from Madrid to Santiago de Chile, the airlines sells even cheaper tickets to São Paulo, Brazil. While the travel window is a bit tight (all travel must be completed on June 10, 2021), it is still one of the best value for money offers out there.
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.
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 787-8 (2-2-2 seating up front) or Boeing 787-9 (1-2-1) aircraft. A rather long stay in Mexico City (4-5 hours) is necessary in at least one direction.
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
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale for travel before June 10, 2021. A hefty minimum stay of seven days applies to get the lowest fare. Availability is very good during the travel period. Sadly, we cannot tell you when this offer is going to expire.
While the fare rules theoretically allow a stopover in Mexico City for the price of $50, we were not able to find tickets that include an overnight stay in MEX. Prices rose to €1,600 for these connections.
You can find suiting flight dates with Google Flights (instructions). However, prices displayed by Google are usually €100 higher than what Aeromexico charges on their website. 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:
- 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 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.
- 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 tickets all flights segments in booking class I. This results in awesome opportunities to earn miles with most SkyTeam frequent flyer programs:
- 65,990 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 42,890 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 41,000 on Delta SkyMiles
- 30,750 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 30,750 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 30,750 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 30,750 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 30,750 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 30,750 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 30,750 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 26,650 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 25,630 on Korean Air Skypass
- 25,630 on FlyingBlue
- 25,630 on Saudia Alfursan
- 25,630 on Air Europa Club
- 25,630 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 25,630 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 20,500 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles