There is an excellent deal running from the UK to Sao Paulo at the moment, via the SkyTeam alliance.
You can depart from any UK airport with Air France or KLM flights, and change in either Paris or Amsterdam.
The fare will be around £1,300 return in Business Class.
The fare is available between January and April 2023. A six night stay is required.
Here is an example:
As these are Air France or KLM flights, you would be able to credit them to Virgin Flying Club and earn Virgin Points and credit towards Virgin Atlantic elite status. This would work irrespective of the timing of Virgin Atlantic’s entry into the SkyTeam alliance as the Air France KLM partnership is separate.
As you would be paying in Sterling, your best card to pay with would be American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This gives double points – two per £1 – on all airline spend, and the points convert at 1:1 into many airline programmes including Avios and Virgin Flying Club.
You can book for either airline via the KLM website here.
How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)
Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card. However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Flying Blue miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Flying Blue miles. This card is FREE for life.
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.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.