SkyTeam members Air France and KLM currently sell a bunch of discounted tickets from seven Italian cities to South America. Tickets from Bologna to Guayaquil are the cheapest, starting at €1,442; but many other combinations for less than €1,550 are possible. Possible destination are Quito, Lima and São Paulo.
All itineraries require a change of planes in either Amsterdam or Paris. Trips to Ecuador feature an additional stop on the in- or outbound leg of the flight.
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 can find discounted premium tickets to the following destinations with departure from Bologna:
If you want to depart from Rome, prices are a little different:
From Milan, you can expect to pay the following:
You can also find flights in this price range with departure from Florence, Naples, Torino and Venice.
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days – with departure from Rome and Milan. It will forward you to KLM with your preselected flight dates, where the cheapest tickets are available. Flights at the lowest fare are available in the last three months of 2022.
Availabilities from Milan to Guayaquil and Quito are much better if you are willing to spend a night in Amsterdam on the outbound leg. Alternatively, some itineraries route you with Air France via Bogotá or Panama City. In those cases, your final leg is operated by Copa Airlines or Avianca.
If you are willing to pay more than €1,600, you can also reach several cities in Colombia, as well as Santiago de Chile.
Aircraft types and business class products on the long-haul segments vary between Air France and KLM. While you can reach Lima and São Paulo with both airlines, flights to Ecuador are exclusively operated by the Dutch carrier. The airlines serves Guayaquil and Quito in a triangular flight (AMS-UIO-GYE-AMS), meaning you will have a technical stop on either the out- or inbound flight.
Before Covid-19, Air France still had 4 different business class versions, but now, as the A380 & A340 have left the fleet, only 3 remain. The business class in the A380 was no longer up to today’s standards, unlike the business class that’s installed in the Boeing 787-Dreamliner and Airbus A350, which is modern and comfortable. This business class is now continuously being installed in other Air France planes as well.
By now, modern seats have also become the norm at KLM. Its business class is definitely not a bad choice, also thanks to the good service. Like many other airlines, the Boeing 787 always has the newest business class seats installed.
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According to the fare rules, tickets are sold at this price until August 17, 2022. To get the cheapest fare, you need to stay at least six days at your destination. A maximum stay of 3 months applies. The cheap tickets are available from September through December 2022.
While European feeders are ticketed in booking class J, long haul tickets are booking class O. This is a very unattractive premium booking class, that gives only little mileage outside of FlyingBlue.
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The example above covers a roundtrip from Bologna to Guayaquil. Since possible airports vary greatly, you might want to use our mileage calculator:
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