I read the Premium Fare Deals forum on FlyerTalk religiously, multiple times per day. I get extremely excited when a new thread is created there, because it means a new deal has arrived. But I only write occasionally about premium fare deals on this site, because with any fare deal I want to ensure it is:
- On a decent carrier with a decent product (some things are cheap for a reason!)
- A significantly lower price than their competitors
- Widely available
- Doesn’t involve impossible/complicated visa or transfer scenarios
- Actually bookable
So even when I see a great deal, I go through the steps above to check if it’s worth sharing with you guys. Some deals have a cheap headline price but are so riddled with complications that it is not worth writing about. I could write about a great deal every single day, but I’m purposely selective.
Previously I’ve written about:
- Excellent Star Alliance & Oman Air Business Class Fares From Europe To Asia
- Excellent Qatar Airways Business Class Fares From Asia to Europe
I came across another deal thanks to @IAkH, and while it’s not from the US, Europe or Asia, where many of our readers are based, it’s such a good deal that its still worth sharing.
Right now, there are direct flights between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo, Brazil on many mid week dates between now and Christmas on either LATAM or South African Airways for under $1,000 (US) return, per person.
Because both carriers, who compete on the same route (South African is in Star Alliance, while LATAM is in oneworld) have similar prices, I don’t believe this is a mistake fare, rather just an incredible price.
The LATAM flights are operated with their Boeing 767 product, which has a similar 2-2-2 fully flat hard product as their 787 Dreamliners which Ben reviewed here. However, the seats are a bit narrower, and the cabin doesn’t feel as new.
On the return from Sao Paulo, you’ll have access to the LATAM Lounge, which Ben described as ‘probably the nicest lounge in South America.’
The South African flights are operated by an Airbus A330-200, which also has a 2-2-2 layout, which Ben reviewed quite favourably here.
Additionally, if you are wanting to commence travel in the other direction (i.e. Brazil to South Africa), both of these flight are available for only a few hundred dollars more.
If you are based in either of these cities this is an incredible deal. The fact that the next cheapest price from Ethiopian is around three times the cost should give you an indication of just how good this price is.
I continue to look daily for premium fare deals — are you guys interested in seeing great deals like this?