The Brazilian branch of LATAM offers an attractive business class fare to São Paulo. The airline sells tickets for flights until mid-2021 as low as €985 from Madrid. There is a huge catch in this Covid-19 ravaged times – these fares allow a refund of only 20%! Even worse, LATAM is currently undergoing bankruptcy under chapter 11. If this does not work out, your money is almost certainly gone.
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.
This fare shows up in May, June and July 2021. Our availability shows you all tickets at the lowest fare for trips up to an month.
A LATAM Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350 flies you from Europe to Brazil. All of these planes feature lie-flat-seats in a 2-2-2 seating pattern up front.
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This fare expires on May 3, 2021. It is valid for all travel before August 31, 2021. On this day, your inbound flight has to arrive in Madrid. A minimum stay of seven days applies. You can find scattered availability in most of 2021.
Google Flights displays these fares accurately. Once you’ve found suiting flight dates, you can enter them in our flight search to find an online travel agency who sells these tickets, charging about €70 less than the airline. We recommend booking directly with LATAM, which is why we advertise their price.
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.
LATAM issues these tickets in booking class Z. Because the airline is currently switching alliances from Oneworld to SkyTeam, not too many airlines credit their flights. A Madrid to São Paulo round trip earns you the following mileage:
- 20,820 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 15,620 Award Miles + 15,610 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 15,610 Miles on Miles&More
- 13,010 Miles on Iberia Plus
- 13,010 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 13,010 Miles on British Airways Executive Club
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 São Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort the 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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