Oneworld member British Airways is selling really cheap business class tickets to Rio de Janeiro, starting at €1,135 for flights departing from Nice. Four other French airports cost less than €10 more. All flights include a layover in London.
Transatlantic flights are operated by British Airways Boeing 787 aircraft. These planes offer lie-flat-seats in their Business Class cabin. Inner European flights are operated by British Airways A320 family aircraft that feature BA’s European Business Class.
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This offer runs out on July 31, 2019. Your stay must include at least one weekend and may not exceed twelve months. British Airways specifies two travel periods:
- August 13 – September 13
- October 27 – December 13, 2019
All travel must be completed on December 24, 2019. At time of writing, availability is great.
These fares can be found on Google Flights. The easiest way to find low fares is to use their calendar (instructions) and book via an online travel agency or directly at ba.com. For premium tickets, we recommend the latter. If anything goes wrong, you save a lot of time when you can communicate to the airline directly.
British Airways issues tickets in booking class J for short haul and I for transatlantic segments. Both are full fare Business Class tickets, that generate a lot of award mileage in Oneworld frequent flyer programs. The following example gives a preview for a Paris to Rio de Janeiro roundtrip:
- 30,750 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 24,000 on LATAM Pass
- 24,000 on Finnair Plus
- 19,750 on British Airways Executive Club
- 19,750 on Iberia Plus
- 18,750 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 15,620 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
- 14,910 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 14,910 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 14,910 on American AAdvantage
- 14,910 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 14,910 on Asia Miles
- 14,910 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 14,910 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 14,910 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Each European trip is worth 40 tier points in BA’s Executive Club. The long haul segments are worth 140 tier points each, adding up to 360 tier points for the whole trip. This is more than half what is needed to gain Oneworld Sapphire status (600).
British Airways’ Club Europe
British Airways’ European Business Class Club Europe can be found across their Airbus A320 family short haul fleet. It uses the exact same seats that are used in Economy Class. The main diffenrence is that the middle seat is blocked within the usual 3-3 seating arrangement. Unfortunately, this still results in extremly small legroom (less than 80 cm).
In contrast, the main benefits of Club Europe are lounge access (if available), free meal service and generous baggage regulations (2 checked bags up to 32kg). You can find a more detailed review of the product here.
British Airways’ Club World Business Class
BA’s Business Class is subject to some mixed reviews. While it offers lie-flat seats in most aircraft configurations, they are deemed to narrow by some costumers. Since not all seats are facing forward, you might have to endure a long trip facing to the rear end of the cabin.
Further, that some business fares do not include free seat selection is critized, as it may cost €60 to select the seat of your choice. A more detailed review of BA’s 777 Business Class can be read here. Their Boeing 787 features a similiar layout that is reviewed here.
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 Sao Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort he 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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Information & Tips for Rio de Jainero
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest but especially for tourists probably the most important city in Brazil. Famous for its carnival, Cristo Redentor statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana, Rio offers visitors a variety of experiences and sights.
The city has excellent flight connections to Europ. Fares are generally around 400€ to 600€ with the occasional steal of less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Rio is between December and March. At this time of year, the weather is warm but moderate, and the water temperature is perfect for swimming. Carnival takes place in February.
From the airport to the city
Express buses with air conditioning and lots of space for your luggage will take you to the city in about half an hour for the equivalent of 3€. The taxi ride costs between 14€ and 25€. Make sure that you only take licensed taxis!
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