Great Deal: $700 One-Way Business Class Fares From Europe To The US

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TAP Air Portugal has among the most attractive transatlantic fares of any airline, and I’ve written many times about the great deals available on them. There are two things that make them especially unique:

  • They publish great one-way transatlantic fares, which is rare since most airlines charge a significant premium for just booking one-way
  • They allow free stopovers in Portugal for up to three days if you’re connecting to a medium or longhaul flight, which is a great way to visit two locations for the price of one

I last wrote about these great fares in January, and God Save The Points just wrote about them today, so I think it’s worth a reminder post.

TAP Air Portugal has attractive one-way business class fares from many European cities, starting at under $700 one-way. The best fares seem to be out of Copenhagen, though there are also attractive fares out of Budapest, Helsinki, Oslo, and some other cities. The fares are mostly available for travel in September 2018 through May 2019. There’s not availability every day, but there’s a good smattering of availability throughout the schedule.

Just to give a couple of examples:

You can also fly roundtrip for roughly double the price of a one-way ticket, though you do have to originate in Europe (the fare isn’t valid for travel originating in the US).

TAP Air Portugal is in the process of installing a new business class product throughout their longhaul fleet. As it stands, most flights to New York, Newark, and Boston feature the new seats, while most flights to Miami don’t. As time goes on, more flights should feature the new cabins. I recently flew TAP Air Portugal’s new business class, and thought it was reasonably good. The seats were solid, the food was alright, and the service not so great. However, at the price you really can’t go wrong, in my opinion.

Your best bet for searching the fare is Google Flights or ITA Matrix, and then you can use the multi-city feature if you want to add a stopover. Google Flights will direct you to an online travel agency, such as Priceline or Orbitz, or to TAP’s own website to book.

This fare books into the “J” fare class, so see this page on wheretocredit.com to see how many miles you’d earn for this ticket with various programs (some programs credit as much as 200% miles).

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.

Anyone plan to take advantage of these great TAP Air Portugal business class fares?

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Comments

  1. @Lucky

    The stopover program is up to 5 days, not 3. I’ve posted this before. It’s important to correct that. It used to be 3 but it changed to 5 months ago.

  2. As 80% of my travel (min of 250K+/Yr) is international, and 75% of that is point-to-point, long haul “J” one-way flights (often booked only “when I’m ready to depart”) are the standard for me. So as a result, on most EU to USA returns home, TAP is my absolute favorite! Sometimes it does take positioning to a city with a good fare base, but that way I’ve been able to also visit some great places that I might have missed otherwise!! While that $700 fare is something that I’ve really never seen, “J” fares of around $1250, especially on a one-way purchase, are possible to find, and (in my opinion) are a rather great deal… and thus I’ve done this at least a dozen times. The business cabin layouts almost always change; but hopefully the new livery will solve that someday soon. As for the food, it is sometimes excellent and sometimes it is admittedly hit and miss; but I find this to be the case on most EU or US airlines flying anywhere. Yet as for Lucky’s unfortunate prior experience with a less than enthusiastic crew, I can say that I’ve never had anything but the nicest, very professional and highly involved people take care of us on board. Always! So I admit to being a fan of what they are doing!!

  3. Argh. I hope this deal lass through end June.
    Going to Barcelona and need to get back. A 1 way $700 fare would be amazing!

  4. When booking out of EWR it’s impossible to know until after you have booked to know of they are flying the new product. This means I won’t risk flying them and getting the okd product. TAP customer service is noncommittal. So until they show a seat map indicating the new layout …. mot gonna happen

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