Star Alliance member TAP Portugal and Oneworld carrier American Airlines engage in competitive pricing for Milan to New York Business Class tickets, a route with fierce competition like La Compagnie, Delta Air Lines and Emirates. TAP charges €1,398 for a roundtrip, by far the cheapest offer, but with a stop in Lisbon. You can also fly nonstop with American Airlines for €1,491.
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to TAP or British Airways with your preselected flight dates.
For American Airlines flights, select “JFK” as destination, then buy your tickets on British Airways’ website. Selecting NYC results in available dates for TAP flights, as the carrier seves both Newark and JFK airport.
If you choose TAP flights, you will first fly to Lisbon and then cross the Atlantic on an Airbus A321. You can find a review of the plane’s business class product here.
Not too long ago, TAP’s Executive Class was infamously subpar. By now, however, all planes have been equipped with new seats that can be converted into fully flat beds and offer quite a high comfort. The service is also said to be very friendly.
American sends a Boeing 777-200 from New York to Milan. These planes have lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 seating pattern.
Even if American Airlines doesn’t enjoy a good reputation for many, its business class is very good. Every seat has direct access to the aisle and the service, as well as the food and the seat, are at a very high standard. Travel-Dealz founder Johannes tested the Boeing 777 and really enjoyed the flight.
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American Airlines’ offer is set to expire on June 30, 2022. TAP has no expiration date set. Both airlines require you to stay at least one night from Saturday to Sunday to get the cheapest price.
Google Flights displays all fares mentioned. You can easily retrieve prices for your favorite travel dates there (instructions) and choose the best offer from our flight search to book them. While OTAs may offer lower prices, we recommend booking directly with the airline.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
TAP tickets will be booking class J. Star Alliance frequent flyers earn the following for tickets to Newark via Lisbon.
- 18,424 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 17,612 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 17,612 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 17,612 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 17,608 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 17,608 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 17,608 Award Miles + 8,804 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,608 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 17,608 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 17,504 Miles on Miles&More
- 17,504 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 14,972 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 13,208 Miles on Emirates Skywards
- 13,206 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,446 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,006 Award Miles + 1,834 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,006 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,006 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,006 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,006 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,006 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
If you fly nonstop with American, your tickets are booking class I. You can earn the following miles and points:
- 19,238 Kilometers on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 19,238 Points on Finnair Plus
- 11,956 Avios + 80 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,956 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 11,954 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 11,954 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,954 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 11,954 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 9,962 Avios + 280 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,962 Avios + 1,000 TP on Iberia Plus
- 9,962 Award Miles + 120 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 9,962 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,962 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 9,962 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 9,962 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 7,970 Miles on American AAdvantage
Hotel prices in New York are infamously high, in almost all hotel categories. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for approximately €20, you don’t need a visa for entry.
The Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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Information & Tips for New York
It is THE dream destination in the USA. The 5 districts of New York City offer more than any other metropolis in the world. And due to the high number of flights to New York, it is usually the cheapest way to get to the USA.
The Best Time to Travel
The best travel time with moderate temperatures is from April to June and from September to November. Summers can bring heat waves with high humidity. Winters are often snowy and very cold.
From the airport to the city
New York City is served by three commercial airports: John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport in Queens (probably the most famous), Newark Intl. Airport in Newark, New Jersey (which is not located in NYC, but serves the metropolitan area just like the others) and LaGuardia Airport also in Queens (which is closest to the city).
John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport
Public transport: From Manhattan by subway or LIRR to Jamaica (price varies from $2.75 – $10.00), continue with AirTrain to JFK ($6). Travel time 45 – 60 minutes.
Taxi: To Manhattan $52.50 (+ $5.50 toll), 45 – 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Newark Intl. Airport
Public transport: Almost $20 with a combination of AirTrain Newark and NJ Transit to Penn Station. Almost 45 minutes drive.
Taxi: To Manhattan $50 – $70 (+ $8 toll), journey time 35 – 60 minutes depending on traffic.
Public transport: LaGuardia is only served by buses, these are slow and don’t have much space to store luggage, but with $2,75 they are very cheap.
Taxi: To Manhattan $20 – $30, journey time 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.
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