Guess who’s going to the Olympics?!
Well, WE are!
In a very interesting plot twist, a friend of mine managed to get us Opening Ceremony tickets (obrigado, gato!) and we have decided to attend, which means we had to cancel our plans (and tickets!) for our trip to Helsinki, Tallinn and Saint Petersburg.
As this is a last minute change of plans, we had to do our best to secure flights down to Rio, which as you can imagine is not easy given that this is an extremely popular worldwide event. So, no matter how much we tried, we knew it wasn’t going to be ideal, so we had to settle for what was available and not too horribly inconvenient.
First, we needed the long haul international flight down to Brazil… except we couldn’t find anything that wasn’t exorbitant in price. We ended up booking a Business Class flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Santiago de Chile (SCL) on Delta for a mere 62,500 Delta miles each. Great!
But now we need to get from Seattle to Atlanta…
We booked that stretch using a Delta Platinum Amex Companion Ticket so it ended up amounting $230 each, round trip SEA-ATL, ATL-SEA, since Atlanta is going to be our entry point back in the US.
Now, that leaves us in Santiago de Chile, which is you guessed it, not in Brazil. We booked that leg using British Airways Avios on a LATAM flight for 10,000 Avios each.
For the way back, since there was no way out of Rio direct to the US without us having to mortgage our house, we decided for a more
convoluted screwed up inventive routing. We secured a Gol flight from GIG in Rio to EZE in Buenos Aires, which would have cost $460 one way… on the “low cost” airline. Since that wasn’t happening, we booked it using Delta Skymiles for a much more convenient sum of 12,500 miles each. We are going with our friend Bruce, so we figured we’ll take this opportunity to show him Buenos Aires for a couple of days and do all of the touristy things I never got to do while I lived there.
After eating all of the asado my body will digest, savoring all of the amazingly delicious ice cream I can survive and downing tubs and tubs of dulce de leche, that still leaves us in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there, we decided to book a Business Class ticket on Delta from EZE to ATL for 62,500 miles.
So this is the routing:
Just to recap: we managed to find a rather acceptable routing for us to get to a once in a lifetime event, last minute no less, for the following amounts:
|Seattle to Atlanta||Economy Class on Delta||$115|
|Atlanta to Santiago de Chile||Business Class on Delta||62,500 Skymiles|
|Santiago de Chile to Rio de Janeiro||Economy Class on LATAM||10,000 Avios|
|Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires||Economy Class on Gol||12,500 Skymiles|
|Buenos Aires to Atlanta||Business Class on Delta||62,500 Skymiles|
|Atlanta to Seattle||Economy Class on Delta||$115|
It’s worth noting that, had we not done this Carmen Sandiego world hopping tour, this is what the hole in our wallet would look like:
Yes, let that sink in. Six thousand dollars per person IN COACH! #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
Opening ceremony is on August 5th, so stay tuned and expect to see our trip report shortly after. Also, if you want to stay updated in a more real time fashion (because, let’s face it, you just can’t wait until we’re back!) you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and see what we’re up to during this trip.
See you then!