Besides getting 5K off awards having the card US has off-peak awards too. Europe in Jan. & Feb. for 35K rt and RIO in May and October for 35K RT. That's 30K Roundtrip for card holders.
I just did a check for May DCA to GIG (Rio) and found plenty of US flight availability for 30K roundtrip !
The flight to Rio goes thru Charlotte.
Last edited by tassojunior; Jun 17, 11 at 8:49 am.