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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.
Yesterday, American Airlines and Delta were offering discounted fares to Brazil, with AA priced from $542 and Delta even lower, at $505 from select airports. Now, AA’s back with an even more appealing offer. You can fly American non-stop from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA) from $434 (LAX is $443) for travel between July and December. If you booked your flight yesterday using Orbitz or another travel agency, you should be able to book a new ticket and cancel your original booking without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time today.
Connecting flights are also available from Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX) and St. Louis (STL) for $448. You can also fly direct from New York (JFK) for a bit more — non-stop flights are available for $591, which is still a fantastic deal. Or, if Rio’s more your scene, you can fly direct from Miami for $593 or New York for $625.
American operates its flagship 777-300ER from Dallas, Miami and New York to São Paulo, and if you have systemwide upgrades to spare (or know someone who does), you can fly in a flat-bed seat for a bit over 500 bucks. AA’s 777-300ERs also have Wi-Fi, though beware: Coach is a bit cramped, with a 3 x 4 x 3 configuration. Flights are available from all of these cities nearly every day through the end of 2015.
Dallas (DFW) to São Paulo (GRU) for $433 on American Airlines (earns 10,240 EQMs):
Miami (MIA) to São Paulo (GRU) for $433 on American Airlines (earns 8,160 EQMs):
Los Angeles (LAX) to São Paulo (GRU) for $433 on American Airlines (earns 12,320 EQMs):
New York (JFK) to São Paulo (GRU) for $591 on American Airlines (earns 9,520 EQMs):
Miami (MIA) to Rio (GIG) for $593 on American Airlines (earns 8,340 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, 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.
For more on São Paulo, check out Tivoli São Paulo Review, Favorite Places: SPOT & Skye Bar in São Paulo, Brazil and My Trip to São Paulo Brazil on the New American Airlines 777-300 in First Class.
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