Deal Alert: US and Canada to Brazil From $400 Round-Trip in Economy, $580 in Premium Economy

Jun 18, 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.

Get ready to pack your bags because flights to Brazil are on sale from $400 round-trip in economy and just $580 round-trip in premium economy. The cheap flights are being offered by American Airlines, Avianca, COPA and Delta. The cheap flights are available from Sep. 2019 to April 2020, which are among the best times to visit Brazil. The lowest fares are being offered out of Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ), meaning you might need to consider a positioning flight to Canada, though there are some good deals out of major US cities like Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA) as well.

Most of the discounted economy tickets include checked bags, meals and seat selection. However, you should strongly consider booking premium economy. TPG’s JT Genter flew the same AA Boeing 777-200 aircraft type that’s flying between New York (JFK) and Rio, and found that AA’s premium economy product has a solid offering. The hard product offers extra seat width (2-4-2 configuration vs. 3-4-3 in economy) and more legroom than in economy. The food and service in premium economy was superior as well.

Window seats in premium economy on American Airlines' Boeing 777-200. Image by JT Genter / The Points Guy
Window seats in premium economy on American Airlines’ Boeing 777-200. Image by JT Genter / The Points Guy

Brazil recently eliminated visa requirements for US citizens to enter the country. If you’re looking for something to do while you’re there, check out Brian Kelly’s vlog episodes from his recent trip to the country for inspiration. And to learn how to maximize your hotel bookings in Brazil, refer to this guide.

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.

Airlines: American Airlines, Avianca, COPA, Delta
Cost: $401+ round-trip in economy, $580 in premium economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 to April 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 are a few examples of what you can book:

Montreal (YUL) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $401 round-trip on COPA:

Toronto (YYZ) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for 651 CAD (~$486) round-trip on American Airlines:

Montreal (YUL) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $579 round-trip on American Airlines premium economy:

Toronto (YYZ) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for 851 CAD (~$635) round-trip on American Airlines premium economy:

Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $600 round-trip on Avianca:

Los Angeles (LAX) to São Paulo (GRU) for $640 round-trip on COPA:

Boston (BOS) to São Paulo (GRU) for $680 round-trip on American:

Boston (BOS) to São Paulo (GRU) for $930 round-trip on American Airlines premium economy:

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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 ReserveAmerican 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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