Avianca Brazil SCL-GRU: The Single Cabin, Last Row Experience

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The Avianca Brazil Santiago Sao Paulo Flight Review is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.


This will not be an extensive Flight Review, but I wanted to write it for people who are flying direct from SCL to GRU on Avianca Brazil. Following the Avianca strike, I changed my roundabout business class ticket which was supposed to be SCL-BOG-LIM-GRU to a direct ticket in Peasant Class. The United agent said that this was a single cabin airplane, but I could not confirm this on SeatGuru.

When I arrived at the airport (post Dunkin’ Donuts, but pre Priority Pass Jungle), the ticket agent confirmed that there was no business class on this plane. That was pretty remarkable considering that it is a four hour international flight from Santiago to Sao Paulo. At the same time, perhaps it makes sense to have a single cabin considering that the flight was completely full and the cost online was $1000 a person.

Not only was there no business but I was placed at the very back of the plane in 28A. Compared to my United flight (IAH-LIM), I went from first to worst. Oddly, this was the first time that I’ve been in the last row where the seat reclined.avianca brazil santiago sao paulo flight review

The rest of the flight was a blur as I passed out following my exhausting lounge experience.

2 COMMENTS

  1. You did chose a not very good flight. At least you manage to fly on a A320neo with IFE and more than average seat pitch.
    I think Avianca Brazil has a flight from SCL-GRU with a A330 with their new business class.
    And Latam also have some flights which can be good (using Boeing 789 or the 767 or 77W) or really bad using A320.
    If I am not mistaken, Emirates will add a second DXB-GRU flight and this one will go to SCL, using a 77W. So things are improving, meu amigo.

    • I did not have a choice. My avianca business class flight (as I wrote) went on strike. This was the only flight that day and it was part of an awards ticket so I couldn’t fly Latam.

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