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[Expired] [Deal Alert] U.S. to South America From $1,454 in Lie-Flat Business Round-Trip

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Yes, you read that right.

We found round-trip fares to South America in lie-flat business class seats for less than what you’ll sometimes find economy fares for!

The fares are departing from Miami (MIA) and can take you to the fantastic cities of Rio de Janeiro (GIG) in Brazil and Santiago (SCL) in Chile.

Fare Deal – Details

These crazy good value fares are with Copa Airlines — the national airline of Panama.

That means you’ll have a stop in Panama City (PTY). The airline has an excellent network and schedule designed around connecting North and South America, so layovers tend to be on the shorter side.

Copa is also known for offering some of the best service in business class in the Americas.

Better still, the airline is taking delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft that feature lie-flat seats even though they’re narrow-body jets!

  • Class: Business class
  • Routes: Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Santiago (SCL) via Panama City (PTY)
  • Dates: August 2024 to April 2025
  • Rates: From just $1,452 round-trip

The cheapest fares are to the capital of Chile, Santiago:

Miami to Santiago
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And it’s just under $100 more to head to Brazil:

Miami to Rio
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Using Google Flights‘ trusty explore tool is the best way to find dates that suit you.

Be sure to open each option and check to ensure that it details “lie-flat seat” in the information section.

Lie flat
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You don’t want to mistakenly end up on one of Copa’s older jets, which have recliner seats for the same price!

Standard recliner

Image Credit: Google Flights

It’s worth noting that given the nature of aviation, aircraft swaps could happen, so you could end up with a recliner seat instead of a lie-flat.

Best Ways To Book

We recommend booking these flights directly with Copa Airlines and using a travel rewards credit card to do so.

A great example is The Platinum Card® from American Express, which earns 5x Membership Rewards points on airfare purchases made directly with the airline (capped at $500,000 spent in purchases per calendar year, then 1x points).

Hot Tip:

Copa Airlines is a member of Star Alliance. This means that if you’re a United frequent flyer (or a frequent flyer with any other Star Alliance member airline), you can earn miles and status points by adding your membership number to your Copa Airlines booking!

Final Thoughts

It’s rare to find a business class deal this good to South America — especially in a lie-flat bed.

We recommend not taking too long to make your decision, as these fares are unlikely to last long.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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