United: Fly Business Class From Chicago To Rio de Janeiro For $1,030 Or 67K Hybrid Points Round-Trip!

The stunning view from Rio's Sugarloaf Mountain, October 2014
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Brazil does not require a negative COVID test for entry and no quarantine is required.

In normal times, a coach ticket during the January-February summer season in the Southern Hemisphere usually costs over $1,100 and a business class ticket usually costs over $5,000.

United: Chicago to Rio (via Houston) departure dates for $1,031 round-trip:
December 23, 25, 30
January 1, 3

United: Rio to Chicago (via Houston) return dates for $1,031 round-trip:
December 28, 31
January 6, 7

American also has business class fares from NYC to Rio via Miami from $1,609 round-trip on most dates from January through June and nonstop business class fares from $1,792 from Miami to Rio on most dates from January through June.

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

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.

You can login to your account and redeem Chase points for travel here. The cost will be 68,756 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 103,135 points with AMEX. Plus you’ll get back a rebate of 36,097 points with the Business Platinum Card or 25,784 points with the Business Gold Card, dropping the total needed to as low as 67,038 points. That includes all taxes and you can still earn miles for flying!


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9 Comments On "United: Fly Business Class From Chicago To Rio de Janeiro For $1,030 Or 67K Hybrid Points Round-Trip!"

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“American miles on LATAM”

Still bookable intra-Brazil with AA miles on LATAM?


No Hay Tip for jfkeze on FT?


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

Now is the opposite delta on latam and aa on gol
Since delta bought latam (20%)


Dan what is your general view on the Safety of the Rio beach neighborhoods (Copacabana , Ipanema ) in 2020 in comparison to American cities like Chicago and New York ?