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.
Cheap flights to Brazil can be had for as little as $477 round-trip — and checked bags and seat selection are included in most fares! You can fly from many cities to Sao Paolo (GRU) and from a handful to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) on full-service airlines like LATAM and Air Canada.
Brazil reduced visa requirements for US citizens to enter the country — with e-visas now available for just $40 (that’s down from $160). It may take some searching to find these flights, so just be patient while you scroll through Google Flights. The country is a great place for a mileage run, too.
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: Air Canada, COPA, LATAM
Routes: ORD/LGA/BWI/BOS/DCA/MIA/MCO/DTW to GRU/GIG
Cost: $477+ round-trip
Travel Dates: Scattered from March-May, September-December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Orlando (MCO) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $477 round-trip on LATAM:
New York (LGA) to Sao Paolo (GRU) for $553 round-trip on Air Canada:
Boston (BOS) to Sao Paolo (GRU) for $553 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Baltimore (BWI) to Sao Paolo (GRU) for $564 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Boston (BOS) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) for $571 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Chicago (ORD) to Sao Paolo (GRU) for $579 round-trip on Copa via Priceline:
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 Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige 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.
H/T: Dollar Flight Club
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