TAP Air Portugal is offering some excellent Business Class deals to Rio de Janeiro.
These flights are from London and Manchester, so no positioning is involved. You will be routed via Porto or Lisbon. You can add a stopover here if you wish for the same flight price, although obviously you are responsible for your hotel costs.
TAP has recently taken delivery of a fleet of A320neo, A321neo and A330neo aircraft. It is the first airline in the world to operate the A330neo and this is what you will be getting to Rio in most cases. You can find out more about the TAP neo fleet here.
Here is a typical fare to Rio covering Christmas, for £1,349:
This price is available from September until New Year, albeit not every day. Similar deals are available to Recife and Salvador.
TAP Air Portugal is a member of Star Alliance so your flights will earn miles in any Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme. This HfP article discusses which Star Alliance programme may be best for you.
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
You can find out more on the TAP website here.
HfP and a reader in The Sunday Times
Back in early December, I asked for volunteers to work with a national newspaper which was planning a big article of earning Avios from credit cards.
The article ran yesterday in The Sunday Times (see here, paywall) featuring myself and reader Paul, who had a fantastic story to share. I can’t reproduce it but if you look at HfP on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds you may be able to expand the image I posted enough to read it.