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Virgin Atlantic’s Sao Paulo flights to go on sale

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Earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic confirmed it would (re-)launch flights to Sao Paulo after the initial launch was nixed by covid. It is Virgin Atlantic’s first foray into South America.

Here are the details:

  • Flights will launch on 13th May 2024, with a daily service all year round
  • The route will use a Boeing 787-9, which means you are getting the old-style Upper Class seat, unfortunately. The layout is 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight / Classic / Light.
Virgin Atlantic Sao Paulo tickets to go on sale

The flight timings are significantly better than what was planned for 2020:

  • VS193 departs Heathrow at 12:45pm and arrives in Sao Paulo at 8:20pm
  • VS194 departs Sao Paulo at 10:10pm and lands in London at 1:25pm the following day

This gives Virgin Atlantic a quick turnaround time of around two hours in Sao Paulo, which is pretty efficient for a long haul flight like this.

Tickets are on sale soon

Virgin Atlantic has now confirmed that it will start selling tickets on the route on Wednesday 6th September.

According to the press release, lead in pricing will start from:

  • £686 in economy
  • £1,126 in Premium
  • £2,744 in Upper Class

If you are keen to fly to Brazil and/or South America, and are sitting on a pile of Virgin Points, now is a good time to sort out when you would like to go.

Virgin Atlantic reward availability will be wide open from 5am-ish on 6th September. They will release redemption availability for all flights between 13th May and 2nd August 2024, which is as far as the booking window goes.

Virgin Atlantic guarantees two Upper Class seats, two Premium seats and eight economy seats on every flight, which means that on the 6th September at least 162 Upper Class seats each way will be up for redemption.

Redemptions for dates after the 2nd August 2024 will drop in day-by-day (Virgin Atlantic releases seats 331 days in advance.) Here are the current prices for these flights:

Return pricesStandard economyStandard PremiumStandard Upper ClassPeak economyPeak PremiumPeak Upper Class
Sao Paulo36,00072,000140,000TBCTBCTBC

Expect to pay a heft chunk of taxes and fees, which remain high on Virgin Atlantic redemptions.

This article looks at how you can redeem Virgin Points for Virgin Atlantic flights in more detail. Don’t forget you can also redeem Virgin Points with the South American airline LATAM, which has just announced a new route between London and Lima.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (17)

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  • Andrew J says:

    There is also the daily QR flight from LGW (as well as the dally BA flight you mention).

  • Michael C says:

    That pricing looks v competitive. Right now, at least for GRU-LHR-GRU, even economy is around GBP1000.

  • TimM says:

    Wednesday 6th September or Friday 8th September?

  • luke says:

    Are/will the additional Qatar flights be bookable with Avios?

  • mzb says:

    The really interesting question is whether taxes/fees will be sky high for award tickets starting in GRU. Historically Brazil has banned surcharges on award tickets (not sure if that’s still the case). We’ll see next week.

  • Gary says:

    One thing worth mentioning is the A380 onboard bar. Q-Suite is glorious for sure. However even the old J seat on the QR A380 is still very good and you get to sit at the bar if you fancy it.

    • LittleNick says:

      I’d probably go for this if I was looking to book, given that A380s on Qatar won’t be around for very long sadly.

  • Lady London says:

    Wondering how much influence over strategy their 25% ownership of IAG is giving Qatar.

    So far as longhaul is concerned for IAG, we have Iberia owning most of South America;BA very heavily focussed on USA, and selected non-US destinations where there is a particular reason/customer segment that makes money to specific destinations (Mauritius, Barbados) but not a barrage of flights across non-US geograhies.

    Has IAG handed Qatar the Middle East and Asia? Will Qatar develop more routes through Asia Pacific that UK/ European passengers will connect to in Doha?

    If influence over strategy can be achieved with a relatively small (being max allowed) shareholding, has IAG also secured shareholdings in LH Group (Star Alliance dominator) and AF/KL/Delta (SkyTeam), I wonder

    • Richie says:

      BTW BA covers India very well.

      • Dan says:

        India isn’t much further then Qatar though… so makes sense to rub direct to the big cities from U.K. where there is a big OD market.

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