Delta is having a flash sale for round-trip coach awards to South America. They no longer have an award chart, but coach saver award pricing hasn’t changed since I saved the award charts that they hid in 2015. A round-trip to Northern South America is normally 45K miles and will be 36K miles with this sale. A round-trip to Southern South America is normally 60K miles and will be 48K miles with this sale.
- Purchase tickets by 11:59pm ET on 3/14
- Travel on select dates from 8/15-10/31.
For example a round-trip from NYC to Buenos Aires, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, or Sao Paulo will be just 48K miles round-trip.
It’s unadvertised, but you can also take advantage of an open jaw award for 48K miles:
With an open-jaw you could spend an awesome 6-10 nights like this (click on the links to view my trip reports):
- You can fly from the US to Rio de Janeiro/GIG, spend 2 nights in the stunning Cidade Maravilhosa.
- You can then fly from Rio de Janeiro/GIG or SDU and use 7.5K Avios to fly LATAM (you’ll need to call BA to book this), 12.5K Delta miles to fly GOL, or 12.5K United miles to fly Avianca or Azul to Foz do Iguaçu/IGU and spend a night or 2 touring the most incredible waterfall on the planet. Be sure to see it from the Brazilian and Argentine side.
- From the Argentine side you can use 7.5K Avios to fly LATAM (you’ll need to call BA to book this), or 12.5K Delta miles to fly Aerolineas Argentinas from Cataratas del Iguazú/IGR to Buenos Aires/AEP. Spend a few nights at the Park Hyatt, tour the Europe of South America, feast on the excellent kosher food and ice cream there, and then fly back from Buenos Aires/EZE back home.
- Have more time? Head south to beautiful Bariloche or head to Lima and go on a Machu Picchu adventure.
Best of all, Argentina and Chile got rid of their $160 Visa reciprocity fee and Brazil finally offers easy and affordable E-Visas. Peru also has no reciprocity fee.
I love traveling to South America as I don’t get jetlagged like I do when flying to other continents as there is little time zone change. Plus the dollar goes much farther in South America than it does in Europe. And I’ve never encountered any anti-semitism in South America, something that I can’t say for Europe.
Have you traveled to South America?