Star Alliance member SWISS is offering great business class fare from five Spanish airports to São Paulo, Brazil. With a stop in Zurich, you can fly across the South Atlantic Ocean for less than €1,000. Since availabilities are fairly good throughout the following 12 months (except during Christmas), those who are daring can score a great price at the supposed tail-end of the pandemic.
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.
The availabilities are fairly good throughout the following 12 months (except during Christmas).
Here are some of the cheap prices that we were able to find:
Inner-European flights are operated by Swiss’ short-haul Airbus fleet (A220 or A320 family aircraft). A Boeing 777-300ER takes you from Zurich to São Paulo and back.
By the way, this isn’t our only cheap business class deal from Spain:
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This offer is valid until May 20, 2021 for flights leaving Europe before March 31, 2022. A minimum stay of six days (or a Sunday) applies to get the cheapest ticket.
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.
Swiss tickets all flights in booking class P. A roundtrip starting and ending in Valencia earns you the following mileage:
- 21,500 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,700 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,540 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,360 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,360 Miles on Asiana Club
- 13,360 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,360 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,360 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,360 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,360 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,360 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,360 Award Miles + 2,670 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,360 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,360 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,360 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,360 Miles on South African Voyager
- 13,360 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 9,350 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,680 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 3,780 Award Miles + 13,440 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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