The other day, I posted about a fantastic fare sale from Toronto, Canada to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I found multiple routings, for multiple days available at $385. I would have flown from Toronto to Miami, then onto Rio, and for the return, from Rio to JFK and then back to Toronto. All in, this is an extremely cheap ticket pricing in at 3.1 cents per mile, which is nearly unheard of these days.
But, is that ticket really $385? Not exactly. What’s not widely publicized, and isn’t being circulated as much as it should be is that Brazil requires a Visa for both Canadians and Americans. While the price is a bit cheaper for Canadians, it isn’t something you want to ignore in the US – it prices in at a whopping $160.
So, that $385 ticket you just bough has turned into a $545 without any additional effort, simply because you’re required to have a visa to enter the country. While $545 is still dirt cheap for this routing, it’s an added cost that’s not advertised and many may not realize it until the last second, or until it is too late.
It’s a word to the wise when booking flights – if it’s a cheap fare, great. However, make sure that the cost of added, required expenses doesn’t outweigh the value in cost savings.
Unfortunately, I’m not a great example of this – I’ve done plenty of 1 night mileage runs where the hotel I stayed in outweighed the cost of the airline ticket itself. Sometimes I try to justify these trips as “getaways” more than true mileage run so I don’t feel as bad, but it’s still a cost of doing business.
Did you get in on the YYZ to GIG sale with American? Did you remember the added cost of the visa?
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