United: Washington D.C. / Houston – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. About $600. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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United is matching American’s Orlando – Rio de Janeiro $458 fare. United flies to Rio de Janeiro from Washington D.C. and Houston. To take advantage of this fare, it is just a matter of buying an Orlando to Rio de Janeiro roundtrip fare and then buying an one way to Orlando from those respective city.

When you arrive in Washington D.C. or Houston, pick up your luggage and go home. While you need to start your trip from Orlando, skipping the last leg isn’t that big of a deal. Call the airline and tell them you can’t make it on your way home.

View of Rio de Janeiro from Christ the Redeemer. Photo: PedroKirilos, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

View of Rio de Janeiro from Christ the Redeemer. Photo: PedroKirilos, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

[Update 2/15/2013 9:00PM Eastern – deal gone]

Sample Date:

  • Sample from Washington D.C.
  • March 6th – 13th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from February 18th – July 11th or August 4th – December 12th or December 24th – December 31st for departure from the United States and February 10th – June 26th or July 14th – December 5th to the United States. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advance routing codes and enter “iad+” on both the outbound and return advanced routing code fields to search for Washington D.C. routing or “iah+” for Houston routing. Must purchase at least 1 day in advance of departure and by February 19th
  • This is booked in N class
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software

Routing:

  • MCO – IAD (Washington D.C.) – GRU (Sao Paulo) – GIG (Rio de Janeiro) – GRU – IAD – MCO.

Mileage:

  • 11,098 miles or 4.1 cents per mile
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$458 from Orlando to Rio via Washington D.C. on both the outbound and return.

Now add a positioning flight from Washington D.C. – Orlando on March 6th:

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A $90 positioning flight and you get to go to Rio for $548!!!

$548 as an example is a very good deal to Rio!

How to Book:

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Required prior to arrival – $160 – $180. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL) $1USD = 1.96 BRL

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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