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Fly Milan to Sao Paulo for £878 in Business Class with LATAM this Winter

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We have run very few flight deal articles in recent weeks.  Frankly, we thought that the vast majority were simply not cheap enough to justify putting your money on the table given the current uncertainty.

This one is different.

LATAM is offering direct Business Class flights from Milan to Sao Paulo for just £878 return this Winter.

If you want to travel elsewhere in Brazil, you can do it for the same fare.  The connection from Sao Paulo will be in Economy though.

Fly Milan to Sao Paulo for £878 in Business Class

There is a snag, of course.  LATAM is leaving the oneworld alliance on 30th April.  This means that you won’t be able to earn British Airways Executive Club tier points on this fare.

However, you can definitely earn Delta SkyMiles – LATAM and Delta are about to launch their own partnership – and you may still be able to earn Avios.  The latter depends on how the promised British Airways / LATAM partnership works out.  Even if you can earn Avios, however, it is unlikely you will earn tier points once LATAM is out of oneworld.

The Delta miles would not go to waste.  You can redeem them on Virgin Atlantic and all SkyTeam alliance members, and Delta is a 1:1 transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards if you need to top up.

What am I flying on?

If you want the cheapest deal, and the non-stop one, you will be on a LATAM Boeing 767.

Assuming your aircraft is refurbished – and the refurbishments started in 2018 – you will be getting this rather snazzy new seat, which is very similar to what Aer Lingus and SWISS use:

LATAM business class to Sao Paulo

For an extra £15 each way, you can route yourself Milan – Frankfurt (Lufthansa) – Sao Paulo.  This will get you a new LATAM A350-900 with this seating:

LATAM business class to Sao Paulo

For a solo traveller it is worse than the Boeing 767, as long as you are certain you will get the refurbished Boeing 767.  I am not certain if these are all done yet.

There are also options routed Sao Paulo – Madrid – Milan, with Sao Paulo – Madid on a LATAM 777 and then an Iberia connection to Milan.

When can you book this fare?

The £878 is valid for travel until 30th December.  I had no trouble pulling it up for later in the year.  Here is an example:

LATAM business class deal Brazil

The minimum stay is 5 days.

In theory the offer runs until 20th April but it could be pulled at any point.

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.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

What is LATAM’s coronavirus policy?

The good news is that, for any ticket booked before 30th April, LATAM will allow you to change the date or destination without any change fees.

The snag is that any fare difference must still be paid when making a change.  This could be SUBSTANTIAL given how cheap this deal is.

In any event, the backstop for travel is 31st December so you wouldn’t be buying yourself much leeway.

The LATAM website is here if you want to do a bit of research and potentially book.

Comments (23)

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  • Harry T says:

    How much does this flight normally cost? Looks like a pretty decent deal, providing they do fly.

    • Harry T says:

      Am it totally nuts for thinking of doing this at the end of August?

      • Michael says:

        Yes. Have you seen Brazil’s response to Covid?

        • Harry T says:

          Haven’t heard good things, need to look into it properly.

          • Chrisasaurus says:

            They’ve taken Boris’s plan A and continued with it…

          • Harry T says:

            Lol Chris, they are obviously competing with our government to see who can have the slowest response to the virus.

        • Andy says:

          No response, basically 😱

          • Bagoly says:

            Which from a cynic’s point of view could make it a good place for a Christmas holiday: Covid could have swept the country (probably takes 3-6 months unchecked) so one would be surrounded by a herd immunity.
            Rather like various police states: horrible for locals, great for tourists.

    • Michael C says:

      You can barely get that price in Prem. Economy normally, Harry – it’s not a cheap route at all. The Renaissance is fabulous to stay if you go – fab lounge and MASSIVE caipirinhas in the lobby bar!

      • DANi says:

        I would not use the Amex gold charge card, the credit card yes…for the S75 protection if things go t+its up and you struggle for a refund…

        Just not worth the double points without the protection…. Just my 10cents though…

        • Rob says:

          Not many charge card holders left now which is why we don’t discuss this. It makes ZERO sense to have the charge card now. If you still have it, you are paying the £140 fee. If you swap to Gold credit, you get a free first year (saving you £140) and another two lounge passes. Makes no sense to keep Gold charge.

          • EwanG says:

            If you have the Gold charge card personally I would upgrade to Platinum charge card first, assuming you can hit the spend to get the bonus points, rather than switch to the Gold credit card. S75 risk to be considered too, although on upside would get the travel insurance with the Plat!

          • Andrew says:

            UNLESS you take the Gold Charge (downgrade from Plat, free for first year) as a way to keep your MR points live and/or as a holding position for a few months before re-upgrading to Plat for the Spend £x get y-k MR points upgrade offer.

          • TonyT says:

            Just so I understanding you on this, are you saying/suggesting Amex Plat/Gold Charge Cards are best ditched? T

          • Rob says:

            No, I am saying that if you are paying £140 for Gold charge I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to save £140 by switching to Gold credit and getting a free year.

          • Andrew says:

            Platinum continues to be available as a charge card. Gold charge card was discontinued for new applicants a year or two(?) back but people who had one prior to discontinuation can keep it, for the £140/year fee. New applicants for the Gold product get the *credit* card (free for the first year, £140/year thereafter).

            Only exception that I know of is people downgrading from platinum charge cards who are sometimes offered a Gold *charge* card – free for the first year – as a special offer.

          • Youllnever says:

            @Andrew I thought everyone was able to downgrade from Platinum to Gold. Didn’t know that this was a limited offer? Or are you referring to the first year free?

          • Andrew says:

            Hiya. Everyone can downgrade from Plat charge to Gold *credit*.

            Amex said they’d offer me a “special offer” of downgrade from Plat to Gold *charge* and free for the first year. Whether it’s the chance to downgrade to the discontinued charge card is special or just the free-for-the-first-year part, I’m not sure.

  • usman bolt says:

    if i was commited to significant outlay, i would check to see if airline has been supported by government yet. note that klm/af/ay look good, as well as the various american airlines. have not heard anything yet about the latam.

    • J says:

      Latam are huge, easily the biggest airline in Latin America so not much risk. But, obviously pay on a credit card, travel insurance etc as you should anyway.

    • David S says:

      Biggest airline in South America and has recently left Oneworld to get into bed with Delta. Can’t see it folding!

  • Cyril p says:

    No airline will survive without government assistance

  • Andrew says:

    Amex Platinum travel insurance – is there an online way of claiming or do you have to ring?

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