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United is offering a 25% discount on roundtrip economy awards to Brazil and Chile this Fall (their Spring.) For 45,000 United miles, you can fly roundtrip to Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, or Sao Paulo.

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This is nearly an exact re-run of a deal we saw in April.

Key Terms

  • Book by November 30, 2015.
  • Travel by November 30, 2015.
  • You must fly only United and United Express flights–no partners.
  • Discounted Saver Award is only valid for travel between the U.S. or Canada (excluding Hawaii) and Brazil or Chile.
  • Discounted Saver Award is only valid if you book roundtrip travel in Economy cabin. One-way travel is still priced as a regular, non-discounted Saver Award.
  • Open jaw itineraries within the same region do qualify for the discount. Stopovers do not qualify for this offer.
  • The discounted Saver Award is combinable with other award types as long as the itinerary is roundtrip (e.g., a member can book a Standard Award for the outbound portion of an itinerary and a Saver Award for the return portion, or vice versa) but only the flight segments purchased with a Saver Award will be eligible for a 25% discount.
  • A booking service charge may apply for travel booked less than 21 days before departure.

Examples, Award Space, What’s Possible

In Brazil and Chile, United flies from:

  • Houston to Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
  • Washington-Dulles to Sao Paulo
  • Newark to Sao Paulo
  • Chicago to Sao Paulo

Economy award space is very good on these routes over the sale period, represented by green and yellow dates below.

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If you search roundtrip, the discount will be reflected on the results screen. See how it says 22,500 mile sin the Saver Economy column instead of 30,000?Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 7.50.47 AM

You can combine one way in economy and one way in Business for 77,500 miles total. Business on all these routes features fully flat beds.
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You can fly an open jaw, like this one into Santiago and out of Rio de Janeiro, and still get the discounted price.Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 7.52.31 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 7.52.37 AM

If I booked this award, I’d fly between Santiago and Rio for 10,000 Avios on LAN.

If your departure is less than 21 days away, a $75 fee is added.Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 10.02.53 AM

American Airlines Off Peak

While these United awards for 45,000 miles–a 25% discount sound great–American Airlines has a cheaper award to Brazil and Chile that more flexible.

Every March 1 – May 31 and August 16 – November 30, you can fly American Airlines or any of its partners like LAN and TAM to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, or Uruguay for only 20,000 American Airlines miles each way–a 33% discount.

That’s broader dates, the ability to fly partners, more countries, and a cheaper price. The American Airlines off peak awards and award chart in general is better than United’s.

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months. That means you’ll have 82,500 American Airlines miles after meeting the spending requirement. That’s enough miles for two roundtrips to Southern South America.

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Included in the $450 annual fee, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers Admirals Club lounge membership, meaning you can access over 90 American Airlines Clubs in airports around the world whenever you’re flying–even if you’re not flying on American. Plus you can bring in any two guests for free OR your spouse and all children under 18 for free on each visit.

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