South America: Air France-KLM Flights Starting at €393 From Italy (+€80 for Luggage)

Rio De Janeiro Zuckerhut

SkyTeam partners Air France & KLM are selling quite cheap tickets to many of their South American destinations for those who can depart from Italy. Prices start at only €393 for flights to Rio de Janeiro. The cheapest prices can be found from Turin and Milan, but the prices aren’t very much higher from Rome, Bologna, and Venice either. Luggage, however, is not included and would cost another €80 for everyone who is not a SkyTeam Elite status holder.

There’s availability from late March through the end of November, except for August.

These are the cheapest prices we could find:

KL TRN GIG 393
Flights like these often cost at least €200 more

First, you would either fly to Paris or Amsterdam, before continuing your trip to South America on a long-haul flight to your final destination. If you’re flying to Santiago de Chile, there may not be a direct flight from Europe on your selected date – in that case, you would fly to São Paulo with KLM and then continue to Santiago de Chile on a flight operated by GOL.

Warning

We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.

By the way, we also have other deals from Italy:

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This deal expires on April 26, 2021. Your trip needs to be at least 4 days (or a Sunday) long and can take place before July 18 or between August 18 and November 30. You can find all available dates on Google Flights. You can also use our search form above, which will redirect you to KLM’s booking site.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  1. Dave says:

    For tickets starting in Italy you can skip the first segment without penalty as per an Italian court decision. Just make sure to have it issued in Italy and inform the airline that you will be missing the first segment. (Emirates has a separate website for this). Of course at your own risk

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