Star Alliance member SWISS is offering great business class fare from six 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 in Autumn 2021, 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.
This fare is available with departure from the following six airports:
- Palma de Mallorca at €954
- Valencia at €955
- Malaga at €956
- Gran Canaria at €956
- Barcelona at €964
- Madrid at €965
Availability is fairly good from all six airports from March through June and from September onwards.
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.
Search & Book
This offer is valid until March 18, 2021 for flights leaving Europe before December 17, 2021. It may sell out earlier. A hefty minimum stay of seven days applies to get the cheapest ticket. Availabilities are non-existent during the European summer, so it’s best searching for flights from March through June or – giving the pandemic – from September onwards.
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 Madrid earns you the following mileage:
- 21,690 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,850 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,540 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,480 on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,480 on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,480 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,480 on United MileagePlus
- 13,480 on South African Voyager
- 13,480 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,480 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,480 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,480 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,480 on LATAM Pass
- 13,480 on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,480 on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,480 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,480 on Asiana Club
- 13,440 on Miles & More
- 9,430 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,740 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,540 on Asia Miles
Flights between Mallorca, Gran Canaria and Zurich are operated by Edelweiss, not Swiss. While it makes little difference in cabin and comfort, you won’t earn nearly as many miles with Edelweiss.
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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