TAM – $640: New York – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A few things about this fare:

  • We found some availability during the World Cup
  • It is not searchable on ITA
  • It is only available on CheapOair
  • We do not know if it will earn any miles with American
  • It is over 6 cents per mile
  • It is only available on our sample date (we tried other combinations, but prices were higher)
  • Availability is limited
  • Why we publishing it? First bullet — everything else is at least $1,200.

Update 3/28/2014 @ 1:25PM – the $640 fare is gone.

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)

Sample Travel Date:

  • June 15th – 22nd

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the sample dates above. Limited availability.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Not applicable

Fare Class:

  • V – We believe its in V


  • JFK – GRU (Sao Paulo) – GIG (Rio de Janeiro) – GRU – JFK. Long layovers in Sao Paulo.



  • 9,909 miles or 6.4 cents per mile. TAM will be a member of the Oneworld Alliance on March 31st and American partner. Under the existing American mileage chart for TAM, V class fares earn 100% mileage for international segments and 50% mileage for intra-Brazil flights. We believe this fare is in V class and you should earn 9,699 miles. However, this could be a non-mileage fare and/or the existing mileage chart does not apply when TAM is a member of the Oneworld Alliance. Be aware of these caveats!

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our CheapOair link to book with our sample dates. Make sure you select “More options” and on preferred airline, type in “TAM Airlines” and select my dates are flexible.



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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 = 2.32 BRL

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10 Responses to "TAM – $640: New York – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. Joe says:

    You don’t think it’s actually business class do you?

  2. jfkeze says:

    this might be a mapping error, but do you see the Business Class on JFK-GRU-JFK segments?

    • TFD says:

      @jfkeze – its a coach ticket based on the limited fare rules on cheapoair. so it is likely a mapping error.

      • jfkeze says:

        It’s not, shows up as Z n Y on saudia website and TAM website. FlyerTalk has the post.

        • TFD says:

          @jfkeze – great then. we are going off the limited fare rule on cheapoair when booking. hope it is in Biz, that would be fantastic — biz + world cup.

  3. PV_Premier says:

    it’s a business class ticket actually. booking it and going to the saudia website shows it mapping into Z which is business.

    • TFD says:

      @pv_premier – ftw! and d’oh on us. if we weren’t lazy and actually did the proper research, the traffic would’ve been bananas. oh well.

  4. Miah says:

    I got two one way tickets JFK-GRU for $312 and it was in business according to the seats that we were assigned. WOOT WOOT World cup here we come

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