Jun102016

Star Alliance hopscotch LAX to Brazil $525 round trip earns 13,000+ miles.

I came across a low fare ticket to Brazil on Orbitz.com when I searched for July travel deals. Rio 2016 Olympics are being held August 5-21. Lowest airfares LAX to Rio de Janeiro GIG during the Olympics are around $900 round trip. There are some dates with $786 fares from Los Angeles LAX with LAN and TAM Airlines. An alternative for lower airfare is fly LAX to Sao Paulo for $582 and pick up a separate round trip ticket to Rio with GOL or TAM for about $60 each way.

Or for the intrepid traveler who wants to see more of Brazil and South America than a traditional airline ticket allows, check out this $525 round trip option for a trip to Brazil in July.

Orbitz $525 Round Trip ticket to Navegantes, Brazil NVT with Avianca and GOL.

Google maps NVT Navegantes BR

Navigantes NVT is located in a coastal fishing town of about 75,000 residents 600 km south of Sao Paulo and 1,000 mile southwest of Rio de Janeiro. TripAdvisor shows local beaches as four of the six “Things to Do” in Navegantes. None of the reviews I saw in TripAdvisor were posted in English. This place sounds good to me already. There is an Ibis Navegantes Itajai Hotel (Le Club Accorhotels) with $40 per night rates or local hotels for about the same price and one resort with $200+ per night rates.

If there were an Olympic event for frequent flyers, this ticket would probably not qualify for a high profile race like the 100 meter dash. This $525 round trip ticket to Navegantes, Brazil in July is one for the slow and steady flyer who prefers the endurance of a steeple chase kind of flight itinerary. My post here is not to share an incredible deal, since most flyers would run from this kind of itinerary, but I find it an interesting example of what can be packed into a cheap international ticket for someone who wants to spend a week bouncing around Colombia and Brazil.

LAX-NVT $525 Orbitz Avianca Jul5-19

Day 1: Avianca July 5 LAX – Bogota BOG Colombia with overnight 19.5 hour transit layover in Bogota 7:30pm to 3:00pm July 6.

Day 2: Avianca July 6 Bogota BOG – Sao Paulo GRU Brazil 3:00pm – 11:10pm with overnight 18 hour transit layover in Sao Paulo from 11pm July 6 to 5:10pm July 7.

LAX-NVT-2 $525 Avianca July ramble

Day 3: GOL Depart GRU 5:05pm and Arrive 6:43pm July 7 at NVT Navegantes.

Outbound flights includes overnights in Bogota and Sao Paulo with most of day to tour.

My searches indicate minimum 7-day stay to get low return fare.

This ticket example is a two-week trip. This ticket is for the South American rambler who wants to really be entrenched in Brazil.

Return July 19

Day 1: NVT Navegantes – Rio de Janeiro GIG Depart 7:38pm on GOL for GIG airport and arrive at 9:05pm in Rio for 11 hour overnight transit layover. Depart 8am July 20 for Bogota. You can find out for yourself if Rio is a city that sleeps.

LAX-NVT-3 $525 Avianca

Day 2: Avianca Airlines Rio GIG – Bogota – LAX in single day.

Three overnights on a $525 international airfare is the kind of itinerary many flyers stay far away from as a travel hassle. I see this kind of ticket as a travel opportunity to briefly visit places I might never see if it were not for some quirky airline ticket I booked. Four destinations for the price of one: Bogota, Sao Paulo, Navigantes and Rio de Janeiro is a pretty cool find for the frequent flyer or casual travel who likes the chase as much as the journey.

I made a couple of fare searches during the Olympics time frame in August and they returned fares for this route around $800 round trip.

Check out Potential Miles Earned for this $525 ticket

Orbitz shows the fare class for each flight segment, a feature that I lambasted Priceline yesterday on Loyalty Traveler for not showing this key feature of an airline ticket early in the fare search stage.

Avianca economy T class earns 100% miles in Aeroplan, SAS, Thai, Turkish and South Africa.

GOL economy B earns 50% Aeroplan and 100% Flying Blue, Qatar and 75% Delta SkyMiles.

Hopscotch to Rio this July for $525 round trip LAX-BOG-RIO-NVT-GIG-BOG-LAX and 13,177 miles.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. I just finished a hopscotch trip like this one this past weekend. For $576 RT from JFK, I was able to spend a day in Rio de Janiero (~23hr layover), Santiago (~13hr), and Lima (~22hr). Also found my itinerary via Orbitz back at the end of April but booked through LAN with half the flights being operated by TAM but marketed by LAN. Definitely believe this was a steal and well worth for my first time in South America.

  2. @kenny – thanks for the local tip.

    @Wesley – I had a frequent flyer trip in 2013 with a day in Zurich, before arrival in Berlin, and on return a transit overnight in Oslo, overnight in Helsinki, overnight in London and overnight in Chicago. It was my first time to Oslo or Helsinki and I loved the short experience in each city and I had some great hotels like Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Kamp in Helsinki.

    This year I hooked up with and celebrated both of my sister’s birthdays and my Mom’s birthday during overnight transit layovers on international tickets.

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