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Copa: So This Is What International Business Class Used to Be Like

Last century the height of international business class was a recliner seat. You can live that nostalgia on a Copa flight. I needed to get to and from Brazil at very specific times and only Copa worked. Many of Copa’s flights are short, however my JFK – Sao Paulo – Las Vegas, trip included four…

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This Airport Lounge Serves Cocktails in Plastic Bags

Sometimes you just need to be happy to have an airport lounge available, certainly they are rare for domestic flights in Brazil, except some skimpy private lounges that are landside at some airports. Gol, however has a lounge for international departures in São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, which is used by several partners. The lounge is…

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Booking Award Tickets to Brazil’s Maldives: Fernando de Noronha

So I haven’t been to Fernando de Noronha or Maldives yet, but if you want BoardingArea readers to click, ‘Maldives’ is a good keyword. Seriously, I have been intrigued by this island archipelago paradise since I first noticed it on the Travelers Century Club list. Having remote islands potentially the match of the Indian Ocean…

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Delta & Gol add Sky Priority – expect hiccups; no mention of award availability

When Delta rolled out its Diamond Medallion status there were months of cases of travelers denied benefits such as lounge access because the various staff, from airport contractors to partner lounges, had not gotten the message about the new program tier. People that had Platinum cards with validity resorted to those. So when I read…

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São Paulo Diners Club Airport Van – coolest card benefit?

Update: as reported in the comments by Ernesto, this service is discontinued. Ego and utility. The two aspects on which credit card benefits are judged. The Diners Club portfolio is owned by Citi in Brazil, and Citi is big in private banking there. They have their own modest airport lounges at Rio’s Santos Dumont and…

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The Tam Brazil shuttle flying experience – flawless flight, just skip the kiosk on UA tickets

The only small hitch was testing kiosk check-in for my Rio Santos Dumont (SDU) – São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) on Tam. Screen after screen after screen, all requiring information, and in the end it said we could not check-in, presumably because it was a United award ticket. I had apprehensions of flying Tam from many…

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São Paulo’s 3rd airport – consider Viracopos

São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is so far it feels like it is in another state. Viracopos–Campinas International Airport (VCP), is even father, in the city of Campinas, yet is a workable alternate to GRU and the city airport, Congonhas (CGH). The three airports all turn up for searches for SAO. Viracopos is Trip-Azul’s hub…

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