Forget Zika Virus infection in Brazil as a concern for me. I’m not a woman and my wife is beyond childbearing age. American Airlines has slashed fares to $542 round trip from Los Angeles LAX to Rio de Janeiro GIG over the next few months prior to the Olympics 2016 games in August. San Francisco departures are about $70 more round trip. Many other cities around Brazil are also discount fares with American Airlines for around $600 round trip.
There are even low fares from Los Angeles to Rio at $720 round trip with Oneworld Alliance partners LAN and TAM during the Olympics dates August 5 to August 21.
Nearly every date in April and May 2016 offers $542 round trip fares for LAX-GIG Rio de Janeiro route on American Airlines.
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX – Miami MIA – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil GIG
$541.49 Saturday April 16 – Saturday April 23
American Airlines LAX-MIA-GIG-MIA-LAX = 13,009 flight miles.
LAX to Rio Olympics
This same flight priced at $903 on LAN website. These fares during the two weeks of the Rio Olympics may not last long.
Earn AAdvantage miles on LAN. I got all kinds of fare codes popping up when I searched these fares on LAN. Good news is deep discount economy fare codes on LAN and TAM earn 100% redeemable flight miles and 50% EQM for international flights between USA and Brazil. Flights within South America many of the deep discount economy booking codes only earn 25% redeemable miles LAN or 50% redeemable miles TAM in AAdvantage.