Star Alliance member TAP Portugal offers discounted business class fares from Heathrow & Gatwick. Flights to Recife are at €1,549/£1,408. Flights necessitate layover in Lisbon, where free stopovers are possible.
An Airbus A320 family aircraft will take you from London to Lisbon and back. TAP Portugal sends its Airbus A330-900NEO to Recife. These planes feature TAP’s new Business Class product, featuring lie flat seats in a 1-2-1 seating pattern. You can read a comprehensive review here.
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The only restrictions given by fare rules are that travel must commence after April 10, 2019. Further, a stopover in Lisbon is allowed on either the out- or inbound flight, with a maximum duration of 120 hours (5 days). Tickets from Gatwick are available until April 2020, fromHeathrow all the way to July 2020.
You can use Google Flights to find suiting flight dates (instructions). Using your results, you can buy your tickets at the only travel agencies displayed by our flight search or directly through TAP’s homepage. It’ll be much easier to include a stopver in your journey, if desired, too.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
Tickets are issued in booking class J. This is a regular business class fare. A London to Recife roundtrip earns you the following award mileage*:
- 19,290 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,550 on Miles & More
- 18,440 on Air India Flying Returns
- 18,440 on SAS EuroBonus
- 18,440 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,440 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 18,440 on EgyptAir Plus
- 18,440 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 18,440 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 18,440 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,680 on Azul TudoAzul
- 13,830 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,830 on Emirates Skywards
- 11,990 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,530 on United MileagePlus
- 11,530 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,530 on Asiana Club
- 11,530 on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,530 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,530 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
*minimum 20,000 award miles.
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 Sao Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort he 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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