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Today’s American Airlines daily deal is a very good one. If you’re prepared to book today, you can lock in some hugely discounted Business Class fares to six major cities in South America. Non-stop and 1-stop bookings both appear to qualify for the promotion and as my first three searches (on random dates) all pulled up the discounted fares, it looks like the deals should be very easy to find.
American Airlines ‘Dreaming Of Travel To Latin America’ Promo
Headline Terms & Conditions
- Offer valid for reservations made in the US for flights originating in the contiguous 48 U.S. states to select destinations in South America:
- Buenos Aires (EZE)
- Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
- Sao Paulo (GRU)
- Lima (LIM)
- Montevideo (MVD)
- Santiago (SCL)
- Offer is valid for reservations made January 16, 2021 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Central Time
- Offer is valid for travel from January 19, 2021 through April 30, 2021.
- This offer cannot be applied retroactively or to existing reservations.
- Valid only on flights operated by American Airlines and American Eagle. Not valid on codeshare flights.
- Stopovers are not allowed.
- Offer is not combinable with any other offer or promotion
- Valid for round-trip travel.
Full Terms & Conditions can be found on the promotion page
As I mentioned earlier, I started off by searching three different routes and found the deal available on all three so it looks like this shouldn’t be a tricky promotion to use.
Here’s New York – Buenos Aires pricing up at $971 roundtrip:
Here’s Los Angeles – Sao Paulo pricing up at $996 roundtrip:
There should be plenty of similar fares available from other US cities too – I even found this deal for travel out of a number of cities that aren’t hubs or major focus cities for American Airlines (e.g. San Francisco and Atlanta).
From a deal point of view, the only minor annoyance here is that because this is a ‘daily deal’, you don’t have a lot of time in which to make plans and to consider your options – you have to book by midnight tonight, Central Time. Other than that (and possibly other than the fact that these fares aren’t available deep into 2021), there not much to complain about here – who doesn’t love sub-$1,000 roundtrip international Business Class fares? The fares speak for themselves so I don’t think you need me to tell you how great these deals are.
There are, however, two very important things to keep in mind and it would be remiss of me not to point these out.
Firstly, there appears to be a new virulent strain of coronavirus in Brazil (and possibly in other parts of South America) so if you don’t actually have to travel, you probably shouldn’t. The UK effectively just shut down all travel to/from South America so this new strain of the virus isn’t a joke. It’s serious and appears to be very easily transmissible.
Secondly, even if you have to travel and it’s safe for you to travel, keep in mind that the countries in South America have measures in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you know what your chosen destination’s current conditions are like before you decide to book a trip (if a destination is under lockdown it may not be worth traveling), make sure you know what all the local rules are (please be sensible and obey them), and make sure you check what paperwork you’ll need before you’ll be allowed to travel.
Book Using The Right Card
Make sure you get the best deal out of whatever fare you book by using a card that gives you a good return on your travel spending and, preferably, one that also comes with good travel protections.
The Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express both earn 5 points/dollar for spending made directly with airlines while the Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending. Also, and this is key, all three of these cards offer good trip delay, trip interruption, and trip cancellation protection.
The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Card with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a less appealing option.
For the rest of today (Central Time), American Airlines is offering some truly fantastic Business Class fares for travel between the US and 6 major cities in South America. Roundtrip bookings start at around $971 for travel between 19 January and 30 April 2021.