Freddo has written about excellent business class fares that AeroMexico offers from select European cities to South America via Mexico City.
Last year, I purchased (read more here) a lovely Lufthansa first-class ticket to Bogota ex-Paris that allowed transits and stopovers in Latin America, but until recently and when I bought this ticket, Colombia didn’t allow flights in from Brazil, but this has then changed (still no fights on Avianca though).
As I was planning to meet friends over the Memorial Day weekend in Mexico and wanted to go to Brazil afterward, these fares that AeroMexico has from many markets in Europe came in handy.
These fares and rules change often, and I didn’t buy when they were at their lowest point. But I paid roughly 1,350 euros for the itinerary below with stopovers both ways in Mexico City.
The fare base was: ILNN6TOI
The I-fare class earns 125% for no status Flying Blue member, and Gold-one should get 200%. Considering the route, this fare should earn around 44K awards miles.
Flying Blue XPs Earned (Elite Qualifying Points):
- Barcelona – Amsterdam = 15 XPs
- Amsterdam – Mexico City = 36 XPs
- Mexico City – Sao Paulo = 30 XPs
- Sao Paulo – Mexico City = 30 XPs
- Mexico City – Amsterdam = 36 XPs
- Amsterdam – Barcelona = 15 XPs
Total Experience Points (XPs) earned = 162 XPs
I already have 190 XPs, and will earn another 24 or so from my domestic Mexico hops. This should put me at 380 or so when Platinum status requires 300.
I rarely buy “traditional” return tickets. I would have probably done an open-jaw in South America returning via Buenos Aires or Santiago if they had been open for arrivals and purchased or used miles for separate one-way tickets to connect the spots.
So, why I purchased this ticket?
The price was right, and it takes me where I want to go while earning Flying Blye Platinum status in the process.