A lot of airlines currently offer cheap business class tickets between Spain and Brazil. While most of these offers only suit short term travel plans, SkyTeam member Alitalia currently offers more pandemic compatible tickets. With departure from four Spanish airports, you can reach the Southern Hemisphere’s megalopolis São Paulo for just around €1,000 in a lie-flat seat. A very tempting offer on two long overnight flights.
Alitalia waives the rebooking fee for all tickets bought before April 1, 2021. You may change your departure date once for free, as long as the same booking class is available. If not, you need to cover the price difference, which can easily double or triple the initial ticket price.
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.
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Our Go2 tool forwards you to Alitalia with your preselected flight dates. From June 2020 through March 2022 there is almost daily availability from all four Spanish airports.
Alitalia plans to use its Boeing 777-200ER on flights between Rome and São Paulo. By the end of 2021, this will most likely be the only long haul plane the airline operates. Its business class features lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 pattern. You can find a review of the product here.
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This fare is valid until April 26, 2021 for all travel ending before March 31, 2022. On this day, your inbound flight has to arrive back in Spain. A minimum stay of five days or one night from Saturday to Sunday applies. Availability is fairly good.
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.
Alitalia issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class I. This is a rather attractive booking class for members of most SkyTeam frequent flyer programs:
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- 40,160 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
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- 25,550 Award Miles + 100 XP on FlyingBlue
- 25,550 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 19,160 Miles on Air Europa Club
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- 15,970 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 15,970 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 15,970 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 15,970 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 15,970 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 15,970 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
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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.
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.
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