This is a sweet deal: Alitalia is selling discounted tickets for business class flights from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Prices for trips in the airline’s premium cabin start at around €1,315. Availability is great in March and this flight should get you a big number of miles.
There’s still surprisingly good availability for this deal during March 2020, so this is particularly perfect for a spontaneous trip next month.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, the airlines should be selling tickets until February 27, 2020. As already mentioned, the availability is decent for flights in March. There are minimum stay requirements of 5 days, but you could also return after just one night from Saturday to Sunday. The longest you can spend in South America is for three months.
Check Google Flights (instructions) to find connections that will work for you. Then, use our Travel Dealz flights search to compare prices that OTAs will offer, or just book via the carrier’s website.
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.
In case you’re not from Paris and thinking about skipping the flight to or from the capital of France, have a look at this article first:
All tickets will be issued in booking class I. This will get you the following amounts:
- 41,088 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 39,194 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 26,706 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 25,680 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 25,532 Award Miles + 102 XP on FlyingBlue
- 25,532 Award Miles + 19,150 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 25,530 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 25,530 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 19,148 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 19,148 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 19,148 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 19,148 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 15,958 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 15,958 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 15,958 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 15,958 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 15,958 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 15,958 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 15,958 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
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 Europe. Fares are generally around €400 to €600 with the occasional steal of less than €400.
The 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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