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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.

No, it’s no $149 round-trip to Los Angeles (which is still available, by the way), but considering how far you’ll get to fly on the cheap, AA’s latest sale to Rio is an excellent deal. You can fly from Boston, Dallas, Miami or New York to Rio for less than $600 round-trip — the Miami and New York flights are nonstop, and you can find quick connections from Boston and Dallas. You can also begin your trip in Los Angeles for $635, including a flight to JFK on AA’s new A321. Depending on your origin, flights are available at these prices through the end of May 2016.

Airline(s): American
Route(s): LAX, BOS, MIA, JFK to GIG
Booking Link: Orbitz

Here are a few examples of flights we found:

Dallas to Rio for $562 on AA (earns 10,600 EQMs):

Dallas to Rio for $562 on AA.

Miami to Rio for $568 on AA (earns 8,360 EQMs):

Miami to Rio for $568 on AA.

New York to Rio for $582 on AA (earns 9,620 EQMs):

New York to Rio for $582 on AA.

Boston to Rio for $585 on AA (earns 10,880 EQMs):

Boston to Rio for $585 on AA.

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.

As a reminder, you’ll need a visa if you want to head down to Brazil, and for help with visas we recommend our friends at Allied Passport & Visa. For more on Rio, check out Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

H/T: The Flight Deal

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

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