Still Skyteam and soon to be (?) Oneworld member Air Europa offers some attractive business class fare to three South American destinations with departure from Milan. Tickets to Bogota, Colombia are on sale as low as €1,466 while roundtrips Sao Paulo, Brazil aren’t much more expensive. While each connection includes a layover in Madrid, layover times are short.
The catch is that these fares are only available through online travel agencies. Booking directly with Air Europa increases the price by approx. €200.
Air Europa sends Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Rio de Janeiro. The airline serves Bogota with Airbus A330. Both planes feature angled-flat-seats in a 2-2-2 pattern up front.
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Sadly, we were not able to retrieve any fare rules for these flights. Therefore, we cannot provide you with any reliable information concerning travel or sales period.
Even worse, neither Google Flights nor the Airfare Matrix preview when these flights are available. While Google Flights displays prices accurately, you cannot search them using the calendar. You have to try specific dates and see if prices drop below €2,000. If you enter the same dates in our flight search, you have a chance to score the €1,410 fare. This may take some time, but these are high value fares.
Please be aware that booking via online travel agencies has some risks:
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.
While this is not the service we usually we provide, we still think these fares should not go unnoticed.
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