Brazil has been a very expensive destination for years (just like Russia before that) and now suddenly demand seems to have collapsed. Airfares from Brazil to the US have now dropped to under $400 for a round-trip.
Most of these deals did not work in reverse though – but now American has a $531.49 RT fare to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo and Salvador, with the onward journey on GOL.
The legs on American earn 100% with AAdvantage (as usual). The legs on GOL can be credited to Delta SkyMiles (though we haven’t been able to verify the fare class yet).
Keep in mind that US citizens need to apply for a 10-year visa which costs $140. Many other nationalities do not need a visa, though.
Most dates are in August.
Fare Class for this trip: TBD
Miles Flown (actual mileage may vary): 12,987 on the AA legs, 963 for the GOL legs
Where to credit your miles: 100% AAdvantage for the AA legs, TBD Delta SkyMiles for the GOL legs
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Hotels for this trip
hotelscombined.com compares dozens of hotel websites – this is usually where I start my hotel search.
trivago.com has even more hotel sites to search from.
agoda.com – this Priceline subsidiary has great customer service and awesome rates, especially in Asia.
marriott.com – Marriott has the best BRG in the industry and has over 4,087 properties in 80 countries.
hyatt.com – Hyatt has some of the best properties worldwide – my favorite hotel chain if I could always afford it!
ihg.com – usually awesome promotions and earn rates – I love IHG.
hilton.com – Hilton has a wonderful global footprint and it is hard to find a place in the world without one of their hotels.
starwoodhotels.com – Starwood has some truly amazing properties and a wonderful elite status program.
radissonblu.com – Radisson and Club Carlson have very competitive prices and a huge footprint in Europe and parts of the US.
Travel insurance for this trip
Travelex has a generous Trip Cancellation and Trip Delay Insurance Package that you should take advantage of.
Car rentals for this trip
carrentals.com has a wide selection of sites that it searches through – I have found many steals there.
Hertz usually delivers a superior rental car experience in locations all around the world.