While I can’t say Sao Paulo interests me that much as a destination (while I’d love to visit Rio de Janeiro!), I’ve really been wanting to fly there in order to get a ride on American’s new 777-300ER, featuring their new first and business class.
A couple of days ago LAN published a business class fare sale for travel between the US and South America, and it looks like American is matching it, with availability wide open for travel through mid-June.
I see fares between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo for ~$2,200 all-in roundtrip. American already has their 777-300ER on Dallas to Sao Paulo, and as of April 11, 2013, New York to Sao Paulo will also get daily 777-300ER service.
This is a great way to experience American’s new business class, and keep in mind that you can use systemwide upgrades (Executive Platinum members earn eight of them per year) to confirm an upgrade to first class, even on a discounted business class fare. Given how limited award space seems to be in the new first class, this is just about the most economical option I’ve seen for experiencing it.