American / TAM – $740: Los Angeles – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Rio de Janeiro. This fare has been around on and off since early September. However, this time around, it is available for travel during the Carnival (for 2015, its between February 13th – 18th. We found flight availability between February 11th – 19th).

One caveat: We heard of long waits for getting a Brazilian visa. If you do book this, get the visa sooner than later (at least the last time we went of a Brazilian visa, it had be use 90 days after being issued — so do it 90 days in advance of departure if possible)

Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr. via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr. via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)


Sample Travel Date:

  • January 13th – 20th, 2015

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from late October – early December or January, 2015 – September, 2015 for Monday through Thursday departures with a 7 day stay minimum. Must purchase at least 1 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • Between US and Brazil: Q
  • Within the United States: N


  • LAX – JFK (New York) – GIG (Rio de Janeiro) – JFK – LAX. For this particular itinerary, the segments within the United States can be operated by American, JetBlue or United. Make sure you select the domestic segments operated by American if you want 100% American mileages.



  • 14,554 miles or 5.2 cents per mile. TAM is a member of the Oneworld Alliance and American partner. This fare will earn 100% mileage with American as long as all segments are operated by TAM or American, or LAN under TAM flight numbers. If you select segments are operated by United or JetBlue, you will not earn American miles for those segments.

How to Book:

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Carnival (February 11th – 19th)

ITA will result these over $800. However, when you price it on Expedia, it will be under $740.

Carnival availability!

Carnival availability!


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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 = 2.43 BRL

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