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.
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:
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:
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:
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.