Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) from San Francisco (SFO) – $531.49

Posted on May 31, 2015 by in American Airlines AAdvantage, Cheap flights

Cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro

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.

You can search possible dates for this deal on ITA Matrix and book on CheapOair.

Most dates are in August.

Here is the direct link to the sample dates AUG 11 – AUG 24.

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

Which websites allow free cancellation? 

Do you want lounge access for this trip?

Priority Pass has 700+ lounges worldwide – now get a standard membership for just $50 using code 110107

Hotels for this trip compares dozens of hotel websites – this is usually where I start my hotel search. has even more hotel sites to search from. – this Priceline subsidiary has great customer service and awesome rates, especially in Asia. – Marriott has the best BRG in the industry and has over 4,087 properties in 80 countries. – Hyatt has some of the best properties worldwide – my favorite hotel chain if I could always afford it! – usually awesome promotions and earn rates – I love IHG. – Hilton has a wonderful global footprint and it is hard to find a place in the world without one of their hotels. – Starwood has some truly amazing properties and a wonderful elite status program. – 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 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.

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