LAN – Starting at $464: US – Iguazu Falls, Brazil via Mexico City. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

LAN, the largest airline group in South America is running a special from Mexico City to Iguazu Falls, Brazil. It is reasonably priced for most of us to position to Mexico City (e.g., Chicago and Dallas for around $230 nonstop to Mexico City).

Positioning flights with Air France points for Aeromexico and Delta cities (New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, or San Francisco) or British Airways for American and Alaska cities (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle) with nonstop service would be good value. Starting April 1st, 2013, you can also use British Airways points for US Airways flights from Phoenix and Charlotte to position.

Iguazu Fallas, Brazil - Photo: markg6, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Iguazu Fallas, Brazil – Photo: markg6, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)


Sample Travel Date:

  • April 23rd – 30th, 2014

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from February, 2014 – November, 2014 for Monday through Thursday departures with blackout dates from late May – early July. Must purchase by December 27th

How to Search for Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • S – between Mexico and Peru
  • L – between Peru and Brazil. It is also possible to have segments in S, which would only earn 25% mileage with American.
  • Y – Intra-Brazil


  • MEX – LIM (Lima) – GRU (Sao Paulo) – IGU (Iguazu Falls) – GRU – LIM – MEX. If you want full American Airlines’ miles, ensure no segments are operated by Aeromexico under LAN codeshare.



  • 10,604 miles or 4.4 cents per mile — the above itinerary is in S, L and Y. However, it also can be in S, S and Y, which would earn less miles. LAN is a member of the Oneworld alliance and American Airlines partner. As long as all segments are operated by either LAN or TAM, you will receive 100% mileage with American. TAM operated flights under LAN codeshare will not earn miles with American before April 1st, 2014.

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select LAN



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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Required prior to arrival – $160 – $180. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL) $1USD = 2.36 BRL

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14 Responses to "LAN – Starting at $464: US – Iguazu Falls, Brazil via Mexico City. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. Andrew says:

    Can this credit to Alaskan for 100%?

    • TFD says:

      @Andrew – the segments operated fully operated by LAN should earn 100% with Alaska. If it is codeshare with TAM or Aeromexico — we do not know.

  2. Miah says:

    looks like its gone … now shows $6,015, ill take 2 at that price 😉

    • Andrew says:

      On the Lan website I just found $330…

    • TFD says:

      @Miah – it is definitely there. looks like you are looking at it in Mexican Pesos vs USD. On ITA, set the currency field to USD to display results in US Dollars vs Mexican Pesos.

  3. Jessica says:

    For those in SoCal, try searching Tijuana, we found USD $480 roundtrip. Also, I think that there is like a $20 foreign tourist visa tax.

  4. javier says:

    works to Easter Island 😉

  5. Andy says:

    What’s the routing to IPC? Although I feel like I might be falling for your joke, seeing as you winky-faced your post.

  6. Mike says:

    As far as I can tell by searching on the ITA Matrix, the $464 is just for the Mexico City to Iguazu Falls leg, so the title is misleading in implying the roundtrip flight from US-Iguazu Falls will be $464 total.

    There are several $464 Mexico City-Iguazu flights scattered throughout the year — and even some as low as $422, but the article implies that one may be able to get a RT from a US city to Mexico City for as low $230 … and this may lead most people to believe that this is included in the the headline’s “Starting at $464: US–Iguazu Falls” price, when it isn’t.

    The true lowest total is likely to be closer to $464 + $230 + $160-$180 (for a Brazil visa for US Citizens).

    • TFD says:

      @Mike – fair criticism. Positioning flights can be paid or awards. As for visa, we have never included it on our title cost nor do we assume that everyone who reads us need a visa.

  7. Nik says:

    Thanks! I booked this! how much time do i need to allow at MEX for my positioning flight?

    Any advice?

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