ElAl just GRU! (GRU is code for Sao Paulo, Brasil)
Starting May 2, ElAl flies 3 time a week non-stop to Sao Paulo.
Through interline agreements, passengers can continue on to most main South American destinations. That means you have one ticket and your bags are checked all the way through. It is not a code share.
SCHEDULE – Flights leave Israel on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings arriving early the following morning. Returning flights leave Brasil on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evening (715p) arriving in Israel the next day at 310p. (Schedule is similar to TLV-JFK-TLV).
COACH PRICE – $1000 to Rio and Sao Paulo, $1100 to most other destinations.
FREQUENT FLYER MILES -120,000 American Airline miles will get you an economy seat to Sao Paulo, Chile or Peru on ElAl. ElAl Matmid members flying economy class earn between 65 and 250 points one way, depending on type of ticket. That’s the same as flights to Los Angeles.
The flight is one of ElAl’s longest at 14.5 hours. The following will be the route in the New Middle East – but until Libya and Chad are willing to have us in their airspace the routing is a bit longer, via Spain.
Finally – it is interesting that the flight is aimed at the religious pilgrim market originating in Brazil. Another notable entry in this field is Travelujah.
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