My friend Ari just posted on Facebook a great deal from Toronto to Rio de Janeiro pricing in at around $400 round-trip, which is quite the steal. Once you calculate the miles you’re earning, that’s about 3.1 cents a miles, which is really fantastic for mileage runners.
Here’s the one catch – it departs from Toronto, so if you’re based in the US, you’ll need to first get to Toronto. I’d maybe only consider this if you were within a reasonable distance, or if you’re in the Northeast. If you lived in Dallas, for example, it makes no sense to use miles for a flight to travel north, only to have to go all the way back south again.
It looks like the fare is for a variety of dates, and that there is a minimum night stay of 5 days – but, play around with the dates and see what you can find.
I chose a sample departure of April 8, 2015.
And a return of April 15.
The final price is $407. If you’re an American Executive Platinum and have systemwide upgrades to use, that can make this deal even sweeter. The price goes as low as $386 if you use different dates, however I just did a quick sample search to find this fare, which isn’t too far off.
Not having the time to do this deal, and wanting to get to Toronto, I won’t be partaking in this, however some of you may find it of interest or worthwhile.
Hat Tip: Ari from Award Magic
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