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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Travelers looking for a warm-weather vacation in 2016 have another opportunity this morning — American and United both have deals to Sao Paulo, Brazil for 2016. These discounted fares are available on flights between January and June of next year, with great flexibility across the calendar, including weekend travel dates. Flights start at $480 for nonstop service from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) and Sao Paulo (GRU). Travelers based in a number of other cities can also find airfare to Brazil for under $650, which is on par with regular pricing.
As a reminder, you’ll need a tourist visa if you want to head down to Brazil — for help with visas we recommend our friends at Allied Passport & Visa.
Airlines: American and United
Routes: JFK and EWR to GRU
Cost: $480+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January 2016 through June 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 9,480 premier-qualifying miles or 9,490 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: N or Q
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Sao Paulo (GRU) for $480 on American in February (earns 9,490 EQMs):
Newark (EWR) to Sao Paulo (GRU) for $480 on United in March (earns 9,480 PQMs):
New York (JFK) to Sao Paulo (GRU) for $480 on American in April (earns 9,490 EQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.