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TAP Air Portugal is offering amazing business class fares to Europe through September 2021 at less than $1,000 round trip from many US gateways. That is far less than usual, especially for summertime travel. You can even add in a stopover in Lisbon (which I highly recommend!) without adding additional fare (though you may pay a bit more in taxes). Best of all, you could book these with points through credit card portals and pay less than 70K points round trip and earn a significant number of miles on your flight.
- TAP Air Portugal is offering phenomenal business class fares from many US gateways with round trip prices under $1,000 for many city combinations.
- Direct link to search at Google Flights (switch airports as per your preference or enter your home airport and a destination of “Europe” to explore your options)
These prices are amazing. Obviously international travel is still far from recovered, but with the recent announcement that Europe will welcome vaccinated US travelers this summer, I imagine some readers will be interested in planning trips. If you are interested, these fares are unbelievable. TAP Air Portugal isn’t glamorous and service on the ground in Lisbon is slow, but I found their lie-flat transatlantic business class to be as nice as most crossing the pond.
Keep in mind that TAP has drawn a lot of (deserved) criticism over the handling of COVID cancellations (they refused refunds for a long time – I’m not sure whether or how cancellations eventually got resolved with those who had cash bookings that were cancelled).
However, if you are reasonably sure of being able to make a trip, it is hard to ignore these fares given that you can earn miles on the flight. For instance, here is a look at Washington-Dulles (IAD) to London-Gatwick (LGW) from July 7th to 14th:
As you can see, that books into J-class. According to wheretocredit.com, that should earn 200% mileage flown with Air Canada Aeroplan or Avianca LifeMiles, which would be more than 18,000 redeemable miles earned in those programs (or credit to programs like Turkish Miles & Smiles for 150% mileage flown — which means more than enough for a one-way domestic business class ticket on United or nearly enough for a domestic economy round trip!). That’s especially awesome considering that you could book that round trip for less than 66K Ultimate Rewards points round trip via Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Those who have the Amex Business Platinum could potentially pay even fewer net points through Amex.
As noted at the top, TAP will allow you to build in a stopover in Lisbon. I visited Lisbon a few years ago and highly recommend it. The city has an old-world rustic feel that I loved. Food was terrific, people were fabulous, and prices where much cheaper than in much of Western Europe. I’d definitely go back.
If you’re considering a trip to Europe this summer, this looks like a great way to get there.
H/T: God Save the Points