The SkyTeam airlines KLM and Air France are running a nice sale on flights to South America. They are offering cheap business class tickets from Milan to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile. Prices start at €1,388.
This deal is back, and this time, Buenos Aires is available as one of the cheap destinations in South America again!
You’ll be able to find availability starting in September and going all through to June, 2020. Of course, you may bring two pieces of checked luggage, each one up to 32kg.
Search & Book
It is not clear until when this deal will be available. It has been around for quite some time now, so you probably don’t have to rush yourself on this one. We’re also not sure about the seasonal restrictions. But we’ve been able to find flights until June 2020. The minimum stay requirement should be one night from Saturday to Sunday. You can stay at your chosen destination for up to one month.
After using Google Flights (instructions) to search for available dates, you can then either book your flights with our Travel-Dealz flight search or directly over the airlines’ websites (e.g. klm.com). Remember that we always advise you to book business class tickets directly on the carrier’s website, since it will be easier to communicate in case any problems should arrise.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
Flights to/from Milan will be in booking class J. The transatlantic flight in class I or Z, and the flights within South America in class Y. This could get you an earning rate somewhere between 100% and 150% on most SkyTeam frequent flyer programs.
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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Information & Tips for Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile is the capital and most important economic center of Chile. With its 5.6 million inhabitants, the city is also a key cultural center which attracts numerous tourists thanks to its location near both the coast and the Andes Mountains.
From the Airport to the City Center
Two different airport busses, CentroPuerto and TurBus, run from the airport to the city. The fare is about 3€ per person and the journey takes about 30 to 50 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Credit cards are accepted when buying a ticket at the airport counter.
Unfortunately, none of the two buses take you directly into the city centre. The buses from CentroPuerto go to the “Los Héroes” station, from there you can walk to the central Plaza de Armas in about 20 minutes and a transfer to the metro is also possible quite easily. A taxi is a bit faster and costs approximately 20€.
Best Time to Travel
The best weather conditions for sightseeing and other touristic activities are in spring between September and November and in autumn between March and May. Temperatures during these months are moderate and rainfall is low.
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