Until June 28th, TAM is offering some exceptional business class fares to South America. These are for departures from Frankfurt.
How cheap? Well, you are looking at £875 (€1,235) for a return flight to Rio de Janeiro in business class.
This would earn you 400 British Airways tier points for a return trip – you need to change planes in Sao Paulo – and over 16,000 Avios points.
Other destinations in the region are also available.
EDIT: As per the comments below, there are also special deals from Madrid at roughly £1,000 return. See here for details.
I recommend booking via LAN Germany because the website using a handy grid system. This shows you, plus and minus three days from the dates you enter, which flights have this low price.
You need to book by June 28th and you must take your outbound flight between August 5th and August 20th.
Unfortunately, availability has dropped very sharply over the last 24 hours. There are still some days where you can get the fare but you will need to be flexible.
I don’t know anything at all about TAM’s Boeing 777 business class seating. It appears to be an angled lie-flat seat – see the image above. Normally I would try to avoid such seats as they are uncomfortable when sleeping but, when you are talking £875 return, I think I could live with it …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.