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Yes, Azul TudoAzul points expire 24 months after the date they were earned. Per the TudoAzul terms and conditions page:
“Each point accumulated in the Customer’s Account under TudoAzul expires within twenty-four (24) months as of the date of the relevant flight.”
Sadly, there is no way to keep your TudoAzul points valid beyond their 24-months validity, regardless of the activity (or lack of) on your account.
Other Options For Booking Azul Award Flights
With few opportunities to earn TudoAzul points in the U.S. other than flying, and the absence of a credit card transfer partner, TudoAzul can be a challenging program to use effectively. Things are made even more difficult because Azul points have a fixed validity and expire easily. This makes it more difficult to plan and develop a strategy that maximizes your awards and keeps your miles safe.
Fortunately, you can earn and redeem United and Aeroplan miles for flights on Azul-operated flights. That makes both the United MileagePlus and Air Canada Aeroplan programs ideal options for where to credit your Azul flights and how to book rewards.
Using United MileagePlus With Azul Flights
United has a partnership with Azul, and you earn United miles for Azul flights. Flying Azul, you will earn United miles based on your fare code and your United Mileage Plus status. Tickets starting with 016 will earn United miles at a rate between 5X and 11X the fare. Tickets that do not begin with 016 will earn United miles at a rate between 0% and 300%, depending on fare class.
Flights within Brazil can be a great deal using United miles for an award redemption. An economy award between São Paulo-Campinas (VCP) and Rio De Janeiro-Galeão (GIG) will set you back just 8,800 miles plus $7.00 in taxes and fees. Compared to the cash value of the ticket, this can often represent an excellent return on more expensive flights.
If you credit Azul flights to United, remember that United miles never expire.
Using Aeroplan Points With Azul Flights
You can credit Azul flights to Aeroplan and then use your Aeroplan points for redemptions on Azul flights. Depending on your fare class with Azul, you will earn between 0% and 150% of the distance flown.
Booking Azul flights using Aeroplan points is also a great option. The Aeroplan partner award chart has some excellent value, whether you are looking to fly from the U.S. to South America or within South America.
Flights between the U.S. and South America that are under 4,500 miles — such as Miami to Rio — will set you back 30,000 miles in economy and 50,000 miles in business (plus taxes and fees) for a one-way award. If you are traveling from further afield in the U.S., the value drops slightly. The price increases to 40,000 miles in economy and 60,000 miles in business when the flight distance is over 4,500 miles.
Once you are in South America, there is some excellent value to be had using Aeroplan miles to book Azul flight awards. Economy awards on Azul within South America will set you back 15,000 miles one way, plus taxes and fees. Business Class awards within South America will set you back 30,000 miles one way, plus taxes and fees.
And remember that Aerolan points have a much better expiration policy (18 months of inactivity) than TudoAzul points.
Sometimes Cash is King
Azul is a low-cost carrier, which sometimes means cash is king. The low price of some tickets is your best option, since redeeming miles for an award would simply be uneconomical. There is value to be had on both long-haul and short-haul routes. You can easily find flights within Brazil for under $100.
There is also some excellent value to be had on international, long-haul flights. You can find an economy fare between Fort Lauderdale and São Paulo for as little as $312.80. That's a good deal for an 8-hour flight:
Assuming this flight has a fare code of O, how many miles could you earn? Since we recommend crediting to Aeroplan or United, these are your options:
- Flight distance: 4,034 miles
- Miles earned with United: 3,026 miles if the ticket number does not start with “016”, or earn 1,564 miles if it starts with “016” (5 miles per $1 spent)
- Points earned with Aeroplan: 4,034 points
- Points earned with Azul: 4,494 points (3 points per 1 BRL spent)
But, since Azul points will expire with no way to extend them, we recommend other options for where to credit your paid flights.
With a fixed mileage validity and a lack of more earning and transferring options, Azul TudoAzul is one of the more complex programs to use. If you are a regular traveler who is constantly heading to Brazil from the U.S., then the program can make some sense. Otherwise, you are better off crediting your flights to United or Aeroplan and booking Azul awards using a partner airline, so you can get better value from your points and miles in a program where these won't expire so easily.
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