October 09, 2009

Remember this summer when we reported on Jet Blue's Unlimited Flight Pass? Well now another airline, Brazil-based Azul, is offering a similar deal. (Is it really any surprise that Azul is owned by David Neeleman, who is also responsible for the creation of Jet Blue?)

The Passaporte Azul is up for grabs for the shockingly low price of $285. Granted, you'll first have to pick up the tab for a flight from your home turf to Brazil and back ($830 from NYC; $1,010 from Chicago; $660 from Miami; all to São Paulo), but once you arrive, there's nothing stopping you from sleeping in São Paulo or waking up in Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon, or any one of the 12 other Brazilian cities—Beleo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Maceió, Maringá, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Vitória—Azul services.

The pass goes on sale October 15 and is valid for travel through November 16, 2009.

So how much money will this save you? If you're planning on seeing Brazil and making multiple internal stops, the answer is a lot. Let's put it into perspective. A recent search on Kayak.com returned these sample one-way flights: São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro ($110); Rio de Janeiro to Manaus ($336); and Manaus to Fortaleza ($296).

Though the airline's website is entirely in Portuguese, it's not that difficult to navigate, especially if you have at least a working knowledge of the language. Also, you won't be able to fly on Fridays, Sundays, holidays, October 31, or November 2 and 3. But contrary to Jet Blue's Unlimited Flight Pass, you don't have to make reservations three days in advance. As long as there's a seat available, you can book same day.

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