HOT! Fly AA, Delta, Or United Business Class From NYC To Rio de Janeiro For $1,193-$1,393 Or 77.5K Hybrid Points Round-Trip!

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The stunning view we had from Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain, October 2014
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Update: This fare has been matched by United (including new Polaris seating with a stop in Houston or Sao Paulo) and extended into March by American! Updated valid dates have been added below!


Originally posted on 11/25:

Rio is one of my favorite cities in the world, with lush mountains overlooking beautiful beaches. Best of all, you no longer need a visa to visit Brazil!

You can read my Rio trip report, including running off a mountain, here.

See the Brazil Master Thread on DDF for more information. While you’re down there you may want to take a side trip to view the bustling Jewish community of Sao Paulo, the remote city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest (with a Chabad House of course :D), or the absolutely stunning Iguaçu Falls. When we went to Iguaçu we needed to pay for Argentine and Brazilian Visas, but now both countries have no visas required for Americans!

The islands of Fernando de Noronha and Florianopolis are also spectacular.

You can fly intra-Brazil using Delta miles on GOL, American miles on LATAM, or United miles on Azul.

Pictures don’t do justice to breathtaking Iguazu Falls

A coach ticket during the January-February summer season in the Southern Hemisphere usually costs over $1,100 and a business class ticket usually cost over $5,000, making this an amazing bargain!

I found $1,393 tickets on most booking sites, but AMEX Travel has $1,193 tickets on select dates for AMEX Platinum cardholders.

American’s 777-200 business class is superior to Delta’s aging 767-300 business class and American’s return flight time is better than Delta’s.

AA: JFK to Rio de Janeiro valid nonstop outbound dates:
January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25
March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21

AA: Rio de Janeiro to JFK valid nonstop return dates:
January 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26

Delta: JFK to Rio de Janeiro valid nonstop outbound dates:
January 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27

Delta: Rio de Janeiro to JFK valid nonstop return dates:
January 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4

United: NYC to Rio de Janeiro valid outbound dates:
January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

United: Rio de Janeiro to NYC valid return dates:
January 12 through 29
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29
March 1, 2, 3, 4


Using Chase Points:

You can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” such as AMEX or Chase points with a card that allows your points to be used at an increased value for airfare in addition to be able to transfer points into airline miles.

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Preferred you can redeem points for 1.25 cents each towards travel.

Learn more about rapidly accumulating Ultimate Rewards points via the Chase Quinfecta here.

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here. The cost will be 92,890 points round-trip with a Sapphire Reserve. That rate include all taxes and you will still earn flight miles as well!

Using AMEX points:

You can login to your account and redeem AMEX points for travel here.

This is bookable for 119,335 points with AMEX. Plus you’ll get back a rebate of 41,767 points with the Business Platinum Card or 29,834 points with the Business Gold Card, dropping the total needed to as low as 77,568 points. That includes all taxes and you can still earn miles for flying!

 


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49 Comments On "HOT! Fly AA, Delta, Or United Business Class From NYC To Rio de Janeiro For $1,193-$1,393 Or 77.5K Hybrid Points Round-Trip!"

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BK

I got tickets!! Excited about my Brazilian adventure! TY Dan

Pete Weiss

How many miles are earned on this trip?

Motty

Booked for late January thanks

dov

AA has some matching fares. Different dates

kevin

Can we get a comparison of the different offerings? Delta One Business vs the American business here? Mostly wondering about the seats.

WOuld be amazingly helpful!

Thanks

David Leverton

Do you need yellow fever vaccine if just visiting rio de janeiro for 4 days.. I am also visiting Bogota, and Cartagena Columbia on the same trip.. and these 3 places I can’t seem to find a clear answer

Sam

Is 8 days enough to go to iguazo?

Mi

Too much

GM

I was THIS close to booking Feb 18-Mar 3. Thankfully, I checked the Rio Carnival dates. I do not like crowds. AA Availability was shrinking as I searched for new dates and had to settle on only 10 days. Thank you, Dan and JJ!

Sam

@Dan tx got tix .
Just hope that i wont have a minyan in J, lol
Interesting on Amex its pricing out at 2808$ but priced correctly on Chase.

Sam

Unfortunately looks like my flights are not on a newly retrofitted bussines class (its not herringbone)

dov

Booked Sunday to Sunday for less than $1400 on AA
pricing out now at over $6000 a ticket.
We are excited!!
THX DAN

Sol

I got tickets as well. We’re is the best place to spend shabbos in rio? Are there any kosher hotels or walking distance to Chavbad.

Daniel

Anything from Los Angeles?

Jake

Is it safe to travel there with a family?

Chris

I live in Rio, petty crimes are still a major issue, but just be cautious as in any other major city. Not the safest city in the world, but millions of people live here and love it 🙂

Excited

How long do you recommend that we spend in rio itself?

dov

flying from Sunday to Sunday. Would like to go to see the falls.
Do you recommend staying for night or 2 nights?

thx!

Arturo

What’s the best way to get from rio to sau Paulo?

Chris

Flying, plenty of commuter flights back and forth all day. Check Gol or Latam. The only other option would be driving which is not pleasant.

1991

Hey Dan
Going to Brazil soon (not on business:( dates didn’t work out)
Any tips for (automatic) car rental? Any promocodes (for 2 weeks)?
Or just regular Priceline?
Obrigado

Hungwy Man

Anyone take a stab at what the kosher meal will be like on this AA business class?

Hj

Do you have a deal going to rio not on business class

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