American recently started service between Miami and Manaus, Brazil, and is offering double AAdvantage miles on the route until December 15, 2012. Registration is required here using promotion code MAO2X.
Manaus is in Northern Brazil and the gateway to the Amazon. So I’m not sure how interesting of a destination it is for a visit of a couple of days, though if you’re thinking of going to the Amazon this is a great gateway. It’s also worth noting that if you’re traveling on a US passport you’ll need a visa for Brazil. Fortunately I have a German passport, which has saved me more time and money than I can count.
The downside of the new route is that it’s operated by a 737. Since this flight is to Brazil you don’t get complimentary upgrades as an Executive Platinum member, so if you choose to upgrade you’ll have to use miles or a systemwide upgrade. That really sucks for an upgrade on a 5+ flight on a 737. As a point of reference the flight between Miami and Manaus is 2,402 miles in each direction, so with the double miles that’s 9,608 miles roundtrip. If you’re a Platinum or Executive Platinum member that’s 14,412 miles roundtrip.
On the plus side American has decent roundtrip fares of under $600 to Manaus from many points in the US. While I don’t think this is good enough to be a mileage run, from the west coast this does translate to quite a few miles. For example I see the following fare:
For $557.72 you’d earn 23,780 redeemable miles as a Platinum/Executive Platinum member. If you have any interest in visiting Manaus I’d say that’s a pretty “justifiable” deal. If it’s just a mileage run I’d say it’s not worth it between the potential visa costs, the 737 on the flight to Brazil, etc.
(Tip of the hat to AAdvantage Geek)