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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 originating in Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) can snag super-affordable flights to Brazil this spring. American Airlines and its Oneworld-partner TAM Airlines are offering economy fares from $439 round-trip to Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) between February and June — not quite early enough for a cheap flight to the Summer Olympics in Rio, but still nice for a springtime getaway. Keep in mind that the Brazilian government will waive the visa requirement for Americans starting in June, but if you’re traveling before then, you’ll still need a tourist visa to enter the country. We recommend using Allied Passport & Visa to get yours — mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a special $5 discount just for TPG readers.
Airlines: American and TAM
Routes: BOS and JFK to GIG and GRU
Cost: $439-$499+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February 2016 through June 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 10,262 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: O
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Sao Paulo (GRU) for $439 on American Airlines (earns 10,262 EQMs):
Boston (BOS) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $455 on American Airlines (earns 10,394 EQMs):
New York (JFK) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $499 on TAM Airlines:
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.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.