Gte439u From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7900 times:
I did Rio-Salvador-Brasilia-Cuiaba-Foz de Iguacu/Porto Alegre-Sao Paulo on TAM last August, and the service was great. All of the flights were on time too!
I did this with a Brazil Airpass that permitted a set number of flights in Brazil for about US$430. You have to have an international ticket out of Brazil to use it. I got mine from a travel agent here in Atlanta.
Brazil is a beautiful country with an amazing people. You'll love it.
Rafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7890 times:
Can not help you on spotting tips but I can tell you that each should be R$ 150,00 to R$ 250,00 IF you book well in advance (1USD buys you about 3BRL). The best prices are usually found flying Gol www.voegol.com.br, but every now and then Varig and TAM come up with promotions, specially for nightflights.
There are two things you should consider:
-If you are flying a Star carrier you are eligible for a Varig Brazil Airpass (I dont konw if TAM and/or Gol and Vasp have this kind of product).
-As you may know by now both Rio and Sao Paulo have two airports (GIG and SDU, and GRU and CGH). So depending on you destination and airline, you may not be able tho choose the airport you will be flying from. On top of that MOST flights between Rio and São Paulo are shuttle flights CGH-SDU and back. GRU-GIG are almost often legs of longer flights intended to cater for connecting pax.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 8097 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7852 times:
I am just taking a guess, but I would say that G9 (Gol) might offer you the best fares.
As for inflight service and state of the planes' interior, I can only comment on my sole experience in Brazil: CGH-VIX-CGH with JJ and it was outstanding... fabulous. If JJ's usual service is always as good as the one I experienced, then JJ is one of the best airlines in the world and is worth experiencing it.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7824 times:
I flew last month both VARIG and TAM, and I have to admit that TAM was better than VARIG. My flight was from Curitiba to Asuncion via Foz do Iguacu and TAM gave me an excelent service, the flight was not crowded and the airplane was awesome, the little Fokker 100. In VARIG I flew round trip from Curitiba to Rio, the servive was a little bit lower than the TAM one but I can-t complain, VARIG used 733 from Rio to Curitiba and 735 the way back.
But I still think TAM is better.
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7715 times:
GOL (G3, not G9) is an excellent airline but for some reason they still don't serve IGU.
I'd recommend TAM, for they are generally slightly cheaper than VARIG, and their service is excellent. You will most likely get an A319 or A320 between GRU and GIG (as pointed out, the night flights and "red-eyes" are very cheap because JJ and RG are trying to compete with G3), and an F100 between GRU and IGU (moves a bit in the notoriously rough weather around IGU, nothing to worry about!).
Take your pick! One very sincere piece of advice however... AVOID VASP!!! They are a liability. They are cheaper than JJ and RG, but they are not cheaper than your life, so really, do what you can to avoid them.
Enjoy your trip!
P.S. If you are coming from western Australia (Perth?), perhaps you could get a better deal using a QF/LA (oneworld partners) combo for PER-SYD-SCL-GRU.