By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Azul, Brazil’s largest independent airline, is offering its customers traveling from U.S. to Brazil a choice of two unlimited flight packages. Known as Azul Air Passes, the deal opens up all of the airline’s one hundred routes in the country for US$299 for ten days or US$399 for 21 days.
Given the vast size of the Brazil the offer makes financial sense as even two relatively short trips, say from São Paulo (Azul’s main hub) or Rio to Salvador, back and then to Foz do Iguaçú, would set you back close to the price of a ten-day pass. If you wanted to travel further afield to the North East or the Amazon then the 21-day pass is ideal.
“The Azul Brazil Air Pass is another market-leading innovation with the best value there is to see and experience all the wonderful sights and attractions that Brazil has to offer,” said David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and CEO. “When you consider our lowest fares from Florida to São Paulo/Campinas start at just $499 round-trip, now you can spend 10 days seeing all of Brazil for less than $800. That’s incredible value and there are great deals on hotels and transfers via Azul Viagens (Azul’s travel agency) starting at $165.”
Some restrictions do apply. Travelers must originate from the United States and fly into Brazil either with Azul (from Fort Lauderdale or Orlando) or with United (who fly from more destinations). It is a short-term, one-off deal, on sale until November 30th.
Travel must be completed by December 15th. Brazil is also entering summer so itineraries are subject to seat availability and holiday blackouts. Air Pass flights are not eligible for frequent flyer points and baggage restrictions apply.
The clock begins from the day visitors enter Brazil so for an itinerary that includes spending time in Rio or São Paulo, it would be advisable to plan that for the end of the stay when the air pass has run out before heading home.
Brazil’s springtime (September to December) is an excellent time to visit the majority of the country. The temperatures in the south and center are hot but reasonable and rain is rare. Many destinations and the beaches of Rio are not nearly as busy as peak summer time and hotel prices tend to be lower.
In the Pantanal, the wild wetlands in Brazil’s west, the rainy season begins in November. To maximize your chances of seeing the many animals, including the jaguar, and birds that live there, go before the rains arrive. In the Amazon at this time of year the weather is hot and dry and is recommended for hiking.