TAP Portugal might not be your first choice when flying across the Atlantic, but they are slowly improving their hard product and on New York flights at least, feature fully flat seats on most A330 flights to Lisbon.
TAP consistently publishes low fares in business class, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them, assuming you can get the new business class. The most important thing in business class is the seat, and that’s an area where TAP does well, assuming you get one of their reconfigured planes.
I understand TAP has long published cheap premium fares from Oslo, Norway, and I now see they are also publishing cheap fares from Dublin to New York (JFK and Newark), Boston, Miami and Toronto as well.
Now I understand that Newark, JFK and Boston usually receive the reconfigured A330 aircraft with 1-2-2/2-2-1 fully flat seats (while Toronto and Miami normally don’t).
So you’ll want to make sure you are on one of these flights to get the best experience, and I’ll focus on those cities for the fare deals.
I can see return prices from both Oslo to New York and Boston (as these have the best product) on many days from January through to the end of schedule next year for around $1,300 return (prices from Google Flights):
Or for around $1,500 return there are flights from Dublin to New York and Boston:
But what makes these fares so great is that they are available as a one way fare for half the price of a return, which is almost unheard of for a cheap premium fare.
Unfortunately the one way fares at these prices are only available from Europe to the US, and not the other way around.
To ensure you have the new seats you’ll want to see a seat map like this for your flight (an example from a LIS-JFK flight), which are the fully flat seats:
And not this seat map, which are the angled 2-2-2 which I’ve found on the Miami route:
I was in the TAP lounge in Lisbon last week and thought it was pretty good. The bartender making any cocktail we wished was a nice feature.
These are good prices for return fares across the Atlantic, but those one way prices are sensational given they allow the flexibility to book a revenue fare one way, and use miles for the other direction. And booking via the TAP website allows a free stopover in Lisbon as well.
TAP is just about the only airline that publishes transatlantic one way fares this low, as it’s very rare to see one way flights at those prices.
Just make sure you snag one of their refurbished A330s!
Have you ever booked a one way business class revenue fare for only half the price of a return?
(Tip of the hat to FlyerTalk)