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A little over a month ago I wrote about a number of fantastic Business Class fares that were on offer for travel between London and the US courtesy of TAP Air Portugal. At the time I didn’t know how long the fares were going to be around for but a recent search shows that they’re still available and there are two new destinations too.
TAP Air Portugal Business Class Fares
Right now TAP Air Portugal is offering amazing Business Class fares between London and New York as well as London and Boston and, thanks to two new routes that the airline is starting up in the summer, there are two other reasonable Business Class fares on offer too.
The very best fares on these routes are open to travelers who don’t mind having an overnight stop in Lisbon on the outbound flight.
If that sounds like something you can put up with you’ll find fares from $1,448 roundtrip.
I managed to reproduce this fare on Orbitz using the multi-city tool (you should be aware that you probably won’t see these fares if you simply enter your starting point and ending point and a standard roundtrip booking) and I got pretty close on Google Flights too:
If an overnight stop in Lisbon isn’t something you’d like to do there are slightly more expensive flights for you to choose…..
….but the additional cost of the flight may not be all that much more than you would pay for a hotel in Lisbon.
You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding fares that work for you as availability is pretty good.
Here’s an example of availability to New York in January….
…and you’ll find flights available all the way through to October 2019:
The story is pretty similar with fares to Boston.
Here’s what availability looks like in April….
…and here’s July:
Just as with the New York fares you’ll have to decide between a cheaper fare with a layover or a slightly more expensive fare which gets you to your destination a lot quicker.
From June 2019 TAP Air Portugal is adding flights to Chicago (5x/week) and Washington DC (5x/week) and, although the Business Class fares to these cities aren’t as good as the ones discussed above, they’re still not bad considering they depart from London.
Here’s and example of the fare available to Chicago….
…and here’s what TAP is offering to Washington DC:
Searching For The Fares
I used the ITA Matrix search to find the fares and these are the parameters I suggest if you’re just looking for the cheapest fares possible:
And these are some suggested parameters if you’d like to avoid long layovers:
Don’t forget to alter the destination, dates and currency to whatever works best for you and you can also alter the “maxdur” command if you’d prefer trips of less than 16 hours.
Be aware that departures for these fares are often available from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport (so specify one of those in the search parameters if you have a preference) and, in the case of the New York fares, you’ll find flights into Newark and JFK.
Where To Credit The Flights
Most readers won’t be big TAP Portugal flyers so you’ll need to know where to credit the miles/points from these flights.
The best tool to use is the Wheretocredit tool but, just in case you can’t be bothered to click through, here are a few examples of where to post your flights:
- Aeroplan – 200% of distance flown
- Emirates Skywards – 150% of distance flown
- Miles & More – 200% of distance flown
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer – 150% of distance flown
- United MileagePlus – 125% of distance flown
I would credit to Aeroplan or Singapore Airlines but those are personal choices.
These fares may not offer the most direct routing to the East Coast and TAP may not offer the most modern of Business Class products but if you’re looking to fly in comfort to the East Coast you could do a lot worse than these fares.