The Real Deal: Multicity airfare on TAM Airlines (arriving in Buenos Aires and departing from Rio de Janeiro), three nights at the Dazzler Libertad hotel in Buenos Aires, a flight between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, three nights in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Bandeirantes, breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $1,299 per person—plus about $150 in airport taxes and fees.
When: Tuesdays through Dec. 14, 2010. Not available June 15, July 13, and Sept. 7.
Gateways: Miami; add $74 for Dallas; $178 for L.A.; $184 for Houston; $235 for Boston; $287 for San Francisco; $311 for Philadelphia; $331 for New York City; $363 for Chicago; $539 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees are about $150 extra per person. There is also a required entry fee to Argentina that costs $131 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $300. Prices are based on an Aug. 31 departure; rates will vary for other departure dates. American citizens must have a tourist visa to visit Brazil. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $1,021 multicity fare (Miami to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro to Miami) for travel in late August (TAM Airlines). For $428 more, this package covers the airfare, plus six nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges.
More: Optional activities include a guided city tour in Buenos Aires ($12 per person), a tango show and dinner ($79 per person), a jeep tour of Tijuca Forest ($63 per person), and a half-day tour of Sugarloaf Mountain ($68 per person). Upgraded hotel packages are available for an additional $150 or $400 per person.