Glitch Fare: Austin to Sao Paulo $475-$550 r/t – United / American Airlines

[01/18/2019 @ 4:02 PM] Book this fare on: CheapOAirSkyScanner

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Update: We’re starting to see this fare show up on SkyScanner and Momondo, so there’s a good chance it’s not a glitch. Be careful about booking on sites that don’t offer a 24-hour free cancellation period. A lot of the sites on SkyScanner and Momondo don’t seem to follow the Department of Transporation guidelines on that matter.
United and American Airlines have flights on CheapOAir from Austin (AUS) to Sao Paulo, Brazil (SAO) for $475-$550 with a connection. Flights February until at least May.
Note: This doesn’t seem to price correctly on Google Flights but it does show up on the calendar. It will switch to $1320 on Google when you try to book it though.
Note: The last time we saw Sao Paulo for this price was on October 22, 2015.

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I was able to pull this fare up on CheapOAir. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.


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