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A number of airlines have published some very attractive fares for Business Class travel from Boston to Rome from November onwards. The very best fares that I’ve seen so far are being offered by TAP Air Portugal, but some of the transatlantic oneworld airlines have also published a number of fares that are under $2,000 (roundtrip), and by US standards, that’s not a bad deal at all.
The TAP Air Portugal Fare
The best fare currently being offered by TAP Air Portugal is also the cheapest fare that I’ve found for travel between Rome and Portugal. Unfortunately, there’s a non-monetary price that comes with this cheap fare and that price comes in the form of an overnight layover in Portugal on the return journey.
Lisbon is a pretty nice place to have a layover and you can actually increase the length of your layover to give you a chance to have a proper look at the city (without increasing the cost of your fare) if that’s something that would interest you.
If you don’t like the idea of a layover, you should be able to find a better option at a slightly higher cost…
….but be aware that lock in the prices that you’re seeing in these screenshots you’ll almost certainly have to book through an OTA.
Personally, I’d prefer to pay a small premium and book through TAP as that way not only do I eliminate the middle man and get to deal with TAP directly if things go wrong, but I also get to earn 5 points per dollar spent when I use my Platinum Card® from American Express which only offers that earning rate on bookings made directly with airlines (terms apply).
From what I can see right now, these TAP fares are available from November 2021 all the way through to September 2022 with July being the only month where the great deal doesn’t appear to be available.
Note: Be aware that TAP operates its A321LR narrowbody aircraft between Boston and Portugal which although it offers a Business Class cabin with lie-flat seats, isn’t going to feel as premium as a Business Class cabin on a widebody aircraft.
The oneworld Fares
Iberia and British Airways have both published decent fares for travel between Boston and Rome but both airlines’ fares are noticeably more expensive than the fare that TAP is offering.
As with the TAP Air Portugal fares, neither of these fares is for non-stop travel (the BA fare includes a stop in London and the Iberia fare includes a stop in Madrid) but neither requires an overnight stop and both will see flyers crossing the Atlantic in widebody cabins.
Personally, out of these two options, I’d choose to fly with Iberia because the A330 Iberia Business Class cabin is better than the BA Club World Cabin (the aircraft BA uses between Boston and Heathrow doesn’t have the new Club Suite) and Madrid can be an easier airport in which to connect than Heathrow…especially on a short-ish layover.
One key thing to note is that while the TAP Business Class fare is valid for travel through to the end of the booking calendar (currently September 2022) the oneworld fare only seems to be available through February 2022 so if you want to fly from Spring onwards, TAP is the only option that is currently offering a great fare.
Don’t forget the frequent flyer programs
Don’t forget that while the TAP fare can be credited to any StarAlliance frequent flyer program (e.g. United Airlines Mileage Plus), the BA/Iberia fares can be credited to the likes of the American Airlines AAdvantage program and the British Airway Executive Club so if you’re not swayed by price, the program(s) that you can credit your flights to may make a difference to your decision.
TAP Air Portugal is currently offering some incredibly cheap Business Class fares for travel between Boston and Rome while the Business Class fares BA and Iberia are offering on the same route are only “pretty good” in comparison.
Don’t forget to check each airline’s cancellation policy before you travel and make sure that you are aware of the entry/transit requirements of each country that you’ll be touching with your trip (just because you’re not going landside doesn’t necessarily mean that the country you’re passing through won’t expect you to adhere to its regulations).
Most importantly (as this is miles and points blog), don’t forget to book your trip using a credit card that earns you as many miles/points as possible and that gives you the best travel protection too – I would book with the Platinum Card® from American Express or the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card but you may have another card that you like to use.
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