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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 11 p.m. 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 you are looking for a great deal on lie-flat business class for a trip to Rio de Janeiro from Europe right now you can book some amazing deals for business class travel, according to God Save the Points. These seats would normally cost $2,000 or more, so the current makes it a great time to book and save some serious money.
Wondering what to do when you get there? Check out these other TPG posts about Rio:
- Where to Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay and Play in Rio de Janeiro
- Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro With Kids
- Video: TPG Reviews The Emiliano Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
- 7 Things Every Teen Should Do in Rio de Janeiro
To search, head to Google Flights 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 through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: British Airways and TAP
Routes: London and Paris to Rio De Janeiro
Cost: $1,335+ round-trip in business class
Travel Dates: August 2019- Early 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 Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are some examples of what you can book.
Paris (CDG) to Rio De Janeiro (GIG) for $1,335 round-trip on BA
London (LGW) to Rio De Janeiro (GIG) for $1,640 round-trip on TAP Portugal
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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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