You can currently buy cheap tickets from Lisbon to Campinas (near São Paulo) in Brazil with Brazilian carrier Azul, starting at US$832 (~€689) in business class. Sadly, these fares are only available for flights in May 2021 or earlier.
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.
This fare applies to almost all departures in April and May 2021. From June onwards, prices jump back to the regular rate of €2,300.
You’ll be flying the long-haul flight in an A330-900neo. Their business class includes 10 kg of hand luggage, 3 x 23 kg of checked luggage, meals and drinks, seats with 16-inch screens, and you can select your seat in advance.
Search & Book
The fare rules don’t mention a sales period. They lack a minimum or maximum stay, as well. The last possible outbound flight date is May 30, 2021.
Google Flights show you all available flight dates. On Azul’s booking site, tickets cost roughly €40 than what online travel agencies have to offer. Since the airline’s Covid-19 security blankets are basically non-existent, you can just as well use our flight search and save some money on the tickets.
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.
The business class tickets are issued in booking class I. A nonstop roundtrip from Lisbon to Campinas should get you:
- 19,700 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 14,770 Award Miles + 2,950 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,310 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
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!
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