Star Alliance member SWISS is offering great business class fare from four Spanish airports to São Paulo, Brazil. With a stop in Zurich, you can fly across the South Atlantic Ocean for less than €800. Since availabilities are fairly good until June 2022 (except during Christmas), those who are daring can score a great price at the supposed tail-end of the pandemic.
The only downside of this deal is Swiss’ rebooking policy. The airline offers no refunds for this fare. While the rebooking fee may be waived, you still have to pay the price difference if you change travel dates.
Our calendar shows all available dates for trips of 7 – 28 days. Once you’ve selected your preferred route and travel dates, we’ll redirect you to Swiss’ booking site.
Here are some of the cheap prices that we were able to find:
- Palma de Mallorca: €797
- Valencia: €797
- Gran Canaria: €803
- Malaga: €804
- Bilbao: €807
- Barcelona: €808
- Madrid: €809
Flights to Bilbao are only available on Lufthansa’s website.
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.
With SWISS, it very much depends on the specific seat, as SWISS has a throne seat in every row. While the double seats share a platform in the middle, the throne seat has its own platform on each side, which you won’t have to share with anyone. Those seats thus offer privacy and comfort to an extent that the other seats cannot compete with. Therefore, you may be disappointed if you don’t get one of the throne seats, even if the other seats obviously also have a very high standard.
Search & Book
Sadly, we have not been able to locate fare rules for these flights. We have found availability from November 2021 through June 2022.
For just €220 more, you can select the Business Flex fare, which makes your ticket fully refundable!
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 round trip starting and ending in Madrid earns you the following mileage:
- 21,696 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,850 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,542 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,484 Award Miles + 2,696 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,482 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,482 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,482 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,482 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,482 Miles on South African Voyager
- 13,482 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,482 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,482 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,482 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,482 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,482 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,482 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,482 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,714 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,436 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,008 Award Miles + 13,442 Tier Miles on Miles&More
While flights from/to Gran Canaria cover a larger distance, they are partly operated by Edelweiss. That leaves you without any mileage for the trips between Las Palmas and Zurich.
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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