Deal alert: Nonstop business-class flights to South America have dropped to $917 round-trip

Dec 5, 2019

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

If South America is on your early 2020 bucket list, here’s a perfect deal for you. We’re seeing deals from New York-JFK to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Guayaquil (GYE) for $1,394 on Google Flights, but if you really want to score, the right travel rewards credit card will save you hundreds.

The best deal can be found using Amex Travel’s International Airline Program (IAP), which is a perk you have if you hold The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express, or The Centurion Card from American Express. Make sure you check there first, which drops the price to Guayaquil to $917 and Rio to under $1,200. The dates for travel appear to be between January and February 2020.

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The Rio routes are in Delta One, on a Boeing 767. This Delta One product is arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, with every business-class passenger having access to the aisle without having to interrupt neighbors. If you’re lucky, you may be able to score a ticket in LATAM’s new retrofitted 767 business class, which is available on select routes. A quick search on FlightRadar24 shows the retrofitted plane with the tail number registered CC-CXC has been used on several JFK-GYE legs in recent days.

To search, head to Google Flights or Amex Travel and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Delta, LATAM
Routes: JFK – GYE/GIG
Cost: $917+ round-trip nonstop in business
Dates: January – February 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here’s what you can book:

New York-JFK to Guayaquil (GYE) for $917 round-trip nonstop in business class through the International Airline Program:

New York-JFK to Rio (GIG) for $1,193 round-trip nonstop in business class through the International Airline Program:

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier CardCiti Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to maximizing airfare purchases to learn more.

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