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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Miami to Rio de Janeiro From $378 Round-trip

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If you’ve been craving a “caipirinha” and those famous Brazilian beaches, you do not want to miss this deal.

Right now, we are seeing flights to The Marvelous City for less than $400 round-trip from Miami, Florida.

Rio is a popular destination, and with prices like this, it might be worth hanging onto your points and miles and earn some instead with Star Alliance or Oneworld.

Let’s take a look at the details.

Fare Details

Starting at $384, you can fly from Miami to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on either Copa Airlines or American Airlines.

While the price difference may not be too big between the 2 options, the logistics and flight times may help with the decision-making process.

You can easily search for the dates using the calendar option on Google Flights and then book directly with your preferred airline.

  • Class: Basic Economy
  • Routes: Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Dates: June 2023 through March 2024
  • Fares: From $384 round-trip

For $384, you can fly Copa Airlines 737-800 economy class with a (sometimes long) layover in Panama City.

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Although not as ideal as a nonstop flight, for that price, it could be worth flying coach and exploring the Panama City airport (PTY) for a bit. Depending on the dates, the layover can be significantly longer and the flight times may not be ideal for some.

Or, for $415 you could fly American Airlines on board its Boeing 777-300ER in economy with a quick connection in São Paulo (GRU).

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If you have American Airlines or Oneworld elite status, you can select Main Cabin Extra seats for no extra charge, which would make the 8.5-hour-long, overnight, leg more comfortable.

The quick flight from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is operated by a Gol 737-800 and puts you in Rio before 11 a.m.

Both options are widely available into early 2024 with the exception of dates around the major holidays.

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For those interested in visiting during Carnaval, prices are closer to $500 round-trip flying LATAM — still a very good deal.

Best Ways To Book

As always, booking directly with the airline is recommended to help avoid any headaches if you have issues with your trip.

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The Citi AAdvantage Executive Card gives access to the Admirals Club at MIA, GRU, and GIG. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

And when it comes to paying, be sure to use a travel rewards credit card to maximize your points and earning on the purchase.

If you like earning Amex points, The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5x points on flights when booked through the portal or directly with the airline (up to $500,000 per year; then 1x points).

Or, if you prefer to earn American Airlines miles, you could use the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® which would earn you 4x miles on American Airlines purchases, a free checked bag, and access to the Admirals Club in Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro during your trip.

Final Thoughts

Paying around $400 round-trip for flights from the U.S. to Brazil is a great deal, especially lately as travel between the 2 countries has picked up.

While a nonstop flight from Miami to Rio is obviously ideal, you would be looking at a minimum of $700. A quick connection in São Paulo is probably worth saving $300 to a lot of people, plus you can earn Loyalty Points if you choose to fly on American.

Although availability is wide open, we recommend booking quickly if you find some flights that work for you!

The information regarding the Citi®/AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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About Chris Hassan

Chris holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and managed social media for all Marriott properties in South America, making him a perfect fit for UP and its social media channels. He has a passion for making content catered toward family travelers.


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