Business Class $408 one-way Europe to USA


TAP Portgal Business Class Seat

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Early this morning, German-language blog You Have Been Upgraded wrote about an incredible fare — which I assumed was a mistake — from several Scandinavian cities to the US: from about $775 round trip in business class or $408 one-way from Europe to the US. This morning, I booked a one-way business class ticket from Oslo, Norway to Boston for what I expect will be a net of just 18,980 Membership Rewards. — and I’ll earn about 10,00 airline miles on top of that. You may remember that last month, I booked a 9-bedroom estate in the English countryside for 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night (and Greg did, too!) — I’ll be using this fare sale to get home.

I assumed this was a mistake — and it may very well be a mistake fare that gets cancelled. However, I found this interesting tidbit here on TAP Portugal’s site:

TAP’s new fares now apply to intercontinental flights. Now you can choose how to fly wherever you want and only pay what you need!

From the DISCOUNT fare for those looking for the lowest price, through BASIC, CLASSIC and PLUS, which are perfect for the whole family, to EXECUTIVE and TOP EXECUTIVE, for those who travel all the time.

To find out which is best for your trip, see the new intercontinental fares that come into force from April 4, 2017 for journeys from September 1, 2017, as well as the fares to Europe and North Africa, which have been in force since October 2016.

How do you travel?

Could it be that they are really intending to charge under $800 round trip?

It seems doubtful. Still, the fare I’ve booked is available everywhere, including on TAP’s site:

TAP 775 round trip
“Executive” means business class. “Top executive” is the fully-flexible fare that charges no fee for changes/cancellations. These “Executive” fares allow change/cancellation for a fee.

Here is the calendar for one-ways in business class from Oslo to Boston in September and October — click the image to go to Google Flights:

Oslo to Boston September and October

And here are round trip prices:

Oslo to Boston Round Trip Sept and Oct

These fares appear available through the end of the schedule and are even widely available during the holidays:

OSL-BOS holidays

And it’s not just Boston. New York is available most weekdays as well:


But I live in the US….

Most readers are likely based in North America and some may wonder about the utility of a business class fare that starts in Europe. I often keep my eye out for fare sales — whether on money or miles — with the knowledge that I can sometimes piece together a trip that works out much better by taking advantage of the right deals and award chart sweet spots.

In this case, I saw an opportunity to take advantage of low-cost competition to Europe from the East Coast. As an East Coast resident, I always have trouble justifying the use of miles to get to Europe. European budget carriers WOW and Norwegian have expanded their reach in the US, and as a result we have recently seen one-way fares to Europe offered as low as $62 one way (from Orlando in that case, $69 one-way from upstate NY). Readers based in cities like Baltimore, New York, or Boston can regularly find one-way tickets to Europe for under $200. In fact, here are one-ways from Boston to Oslo in September and October in economy class. That $160 fare is for a nonstop on discount carrier Norwegian:


Copenhagen was available for the same price. Yes, Norwegian is a discount carrier that will add on fees. I’ll use my Chase Ritz-Carlton card to pay for those fees and then get them reimbursed as part of the annual $300 travel credit (find more information about that card on our Best Offers page).  While I don’t typically use miles to fly to and from Europe, I certainly do prefer a business class seat when I can get it. For a combined total that will likely be under $600, and a ride home in relative comfort, this seemed like too good of a deal to pass up.

Amex Travel with Business Platinum for the win

Of course, I’m not going to spend $600 out of pocket, because what makes this deal truly smoking is the ability to pay with points and get half back. Greg has written extensively about how much he’s loving the 50% points rebate with the Amex Business Platinum card. I was thrilled when I found the one-way I wanted on

Amex Travel TAP Portugal

I paid 41,256 points today and I expect to receive a rebate of 20,628 points for a net cost of 20,628 points. However, Greg previously reported that it’s possible that we may be able to expect to earn 4x points on the price of the ticket when using a Platinum card as the payment method associated with the points. See his post to read more about why and how. Based on that logic, I think it’s likely that I will receive about 1,650 points from purchasing the fare (based on an actual price of $412.56). That would make for a final net cost of 18,978 Membership Rewards points for a one-way business class ticket from Oslo to Boston! Based on this review from The Points Guy and this article from One Mile at a Time, I expect that the flight from Lisbon to Boston will be in a flat-bed seat!

Would you care for a stopover?

Before I booked my flight, I took a look at the detailed fare rules. It turns out that this fare allows 1 stopover for free and 1 additional for another $75. Since I had to connect in Lisbon anyway (and the connection would have been overnight), I booked a stopover for a couple of days in Lisbon on the way to Boston — for no increase in fare!

And it earns miles, too

Based on the Z (OSL-LIS) and J (LIS-BOS) fare classes I found these tickets to be by searching with ITA Matrix, I expect this fare to earn 200% mileage in several programs. That would equal just shy of 10,000 earned redeemable miles one-way.

TAP Portugal Where to Credit
From — this is J-class. Z-class was very similar (also 200% on Avianca, Air Canada, and others)

Tallying it up

If this holds up, I’m going to pay less than $200 plus 18,978 Membership Rewards points and expect to earn 10,000 miles — and that will get me to Olso, Lisbon, and back to Boston. Not all miles and points are equal, but if we ignore differences for a moment and consider a “net” 8,978 points and $200 cash, that’s an absolute steal. Fuel surcharges alone on some carriers would be more. This might be a complete mistake and the airline may cancel everyone’s tickets — don’t make nonrefundable lodging arrangements based on what could be a cancelled ticket. But if it holds up, it would be a great redemption.

But the cottage is in the UK…..

Of course, I didn’t book a cottage is Oslo — I booked one in England. Luckily, flights within Europe can be very reasonable. Here is September and October from Oslo to London:


The flight back to Oslo will be a little more expensive, but I’m seeing round trips for $106. Alternatively, a one-way using British Airways Avios would be 6500 Avios + $23 — but that’s a terrible value for the Avios.

Final Tally

In the end, my total out of pocket cost for the flights should be less than $300 and 9,000 net “miles” and I’ll visit Norway, Portugal, and England — and hopefully get to fly home in a flat bed. Of course, that’s assuming the fare holds. We’ll see!

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[…] had difficulty justifying the use of miles to get to Europe (unless Tap Air Portugal returns with business class tickets for $408 one-way, in which case I’d be happy to use Ultimate Rewards points next time). Don’t get me […]

[…] last month I took TAP Air Portugal. We posted a quick deal a few months ago when they were offering business class fares from Europe to the US from $408 one-way. I chose to fly back to the US from Oslo to Lisbon to Boston in order to have what I hoped would […]

kimm menten

do somebody know is this is honored?

[…] few weeks ago, we wrote about a terrific sale on business class tickets from Europe to the US from $408 one-way. TAP Portugal is back with another sale — and while prices aren’t quite as low as last […]


One last question: Is the 50% back on MR points automatic? I don’t see anywhere to enroll.
I have an AMEX Bus Platinum card and went through the links to use my MR points to make the reservation.

[…] Europe to the USA from $408 one-way (September-2018) […]


Did you book the stopover online? When I go to the TAP Portugal website and try to book Oslo to Boston with a 2-day stopover in Lisbon, the only stopover booking options are round-trip. Do you have to call in to book a stopover on a one-way?


I was able to get this on TAP by first going to google/flights and setting up my multi-city, business class and then click the link to TAP.

In the end I decided to not complete the booking on the TAP site but rather did the AMEX 50% points back option like Nick suggested – so it looks like 21,894 MR points per person for Business Class OSL-LIS-JFK (stopover for 2 nights in LIS and the lie-flat seats to JFK).

This will be a great return route from our UK trip, adding the Northern Lights in Tromso and a short time in Lisbon because we love that city. When you compare a return from England the fees alone normally cost more!

I was able to select the seats on the LIS-JFK leg but not on the OSL-LIS portion, not sure why yet. Still need to credit the miles earned to … maybe Avianca as I just got their credit card and 60K miles.



Can you tell me how I would credit the miles earned to United? I have never done this – possibly because I never actually buy a ticket 🙂


Thanks for the very detailed response!

While trying to book, I find I can get a great deal, but most of the cheaper flights LIS-NYC are the angled-flat seats version of the A330-200. I found one in my date range that is the nicer version but no overnight in Lisbon (and not a good selection of seats for a couple).

I’ll keep trying ….

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It’s the Trump slump. The world is full of beautiful places to travel to that are much friendlier to visitors where you know for sure you will not be required to give the passwords of your phone, email, Facebook, Instagram etc. at the border, and full of places to do business without the risk that your corporate secrets (emails, files) are snooped at the border. Most don’t practice “extreme vetting”.

Low demand for travel = low prices n the short term, route cancellations.

I assume you’re a US citizen, so it’s what you (or the majority of your peers) voted for.


Amazed this fare is still available. I booked 2 one-ways OSL-BOS and plan on using miles to get me over there. The taxes are heavy for the Europe-USA portion so this can almost be thought of as a $300 ticket when comparing to what an award would cost you (add +/- $100 in taxes/fees to the number of miles required). Outbound from the US is usually only $5.60 or whatever. I for one think this is a great deal and thanks for sending it out! I flew on lie flat TAP a few months ago and consider it a highly competitive product. The service wasn’t the best but the seat and food were good. Hopefully they honor these.

Paul LoBo

Thanks! Just snagged OSL-JFK for $408. I get an error message when I try to pick seats. That makes me a bit nervous.

Paul LoBo

Was able to get seats today. Haven’t looked to see if the fare is still available.


Now this I would classify as HUGE 🙂


I thought about this, but you have 6-7hrs flying (LON-OSL-LIS) before you finally get a good seat. You would fly LON-BOS in that time.