Star Alliance member SWISS is running a nice sale resulting in great prices for flights from Amsterdam, Italy, Spain and Paris to Brazil. You can book tickets for flights to São Paulo in South America’s largest country, starting at only €349. Availability is fantastic throughout the year 2022. Adding a piece of luggage will increase the ticket price by roughly €80 (varying on the airport) – still leaving you with a great price.
Swiss is not offering any refunds for these tickets. You may change your flight dates once, but still have to pay the fare difference.
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.
You will find departures for less than €400 from the following airports:
- Amsterdam at €348
- Palermo at €348
- Naples at €350
- Venice at €351
- Bari at €351
- Florence at €351
- Milan at €353
- Rome at €359
- Valencia at €364
- Malaga at €365
- Mallorca at €365
- Barcelona at €372
- Madrid at €373
- Paris at €378
Your trip will have one layover in Zurich. The airline will operate a Boeing 777 on its long-haul flight from Europe to Brazil, welcoming you with 3-4-3 seating pattern in economy.
Search & Book
We have not been able to locate fare rules for these flights. From most airports, it shows almost daily availability for 2022 departures.
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.
Tickets for all flights will be issued in booking class K. Here’s an example of what a round trip from Amsterdam via Zurich to São Paulo would earn you:
- 12,694 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 3,808 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,386 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,286 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,174 Award Miles + 636 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 3,174 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 3,174 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,164 Award Miles + 3,236 Tier Miles on Miles&More
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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