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United partner Azul, a Brazilian low cost carrier, is adding flies to the United States in December 2014.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 6.20.17 PM

  • December 1, 2014: Viracopos-Campinas (VCP) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • December 15, 2014: Viracopos-Campinas (VCP) to Orlando (MCO)

Note that Viracopos-Campinas is often called a Sao Paulo airport. It is about 50 miles from the city center and farther away than Sao Paulo’s other international airport (GRU.)

These new American destinations are in addition to the 100+ destinations served in Brazil.

You can book Azul flight with United miles. Azul’s planes are in an all-economy configuration, and United charges 30,000 miles each way between the United States and Brazil.

  • How is the Azul experience?
  • How can you book Azul flights with United miles?
  • Where does Azul fly to from Viracopos airport?

Azul Experience

Azul was founded by the same guy that started JetBlue and offers some similar features including offering a free checked bag and live TV at every seat. Besides live TV, the other reason I love JetBlue is that every seat has 2-3″ more leg room than most American airlines. I don’t believe that’s the case with Azul.

How to Book Azul Flights

You can book Azul domestic flights online at united.com for 12,500 miles each way and modest taxes.

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The problem is that while united.com seems to recognize the airport code VCP, searching for it brings an error.

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Since both of Azul’s flights to the United States depart an airport that United can’t seem to search, you’d have to call 800-UNITED-1 to search and book award space on these Azul flights.

Where Azul Flies from VCP

Azul flies throughout Brazil from Viracopos-Campinas (VCP) including to Rio de Janeiro.

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Bottom Line

United’s non-Star Alliance partner, Azul Brazilian Airlines will begin to fly two flights to the United States in December 2014, from Viracopos-Campinas (50 miles from Sao Paulo) to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

The space should be bookable for 30,000 miles each way, but it is not appearing on united.com because united.com is unwilling to search VCP airport.


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