I think most folks know by now, there are super cheap flights to Brazil, as low as $450. That’s a pretty good deal, especially if you already have a visa (which if you don’t, is another ~$160).
So why am I passing on Brazil this time
As I laid out in my status update earlier this week I’m trying to requalify for American AAdvantage Executive Platinum status via Elite Qualifying Points. Through this strategy, I thought I’d be able to fly comfortably (or, as @Saianel says: as a Diva), and achieve a better balance of vacation runs (as opposed to mileage runs), with vacation awards (like my recent flight on the Etihad A380 in the Apartments).