Portuguese Star Alliance member TAP is selling cheap business class tickets to New York for those who depart from Paris, or at a slightly higher price, from Dublin, Madrid, London or Amsterdam. All flights include checked bags, lounge access and priority services. A change of planes in Lisbon or Porto is necessary both ways.
We have found business class round trips to New York with departure from these cities:
Availability depends on your departure airport. While the cheapest flights from Dublin cease in March, flights from Paris are still available until May. From London, you can even find some autumn flight dates.
Price with departure from Madrid and Paris have dropped below €1,000 for departures from January through March.
TAP uses Airbus A330 or A321LR aircraft between Portugal and New York. All of these feature lie-flat seats for maximum comfort on your long haul flight.
Not too long ago, TAP’s Executive Class was infamously subpar. By now, however, all planes have been equipped with new seats which can be converted into fully flat beds and do offer quite a high comfort. The service is also said to be very friendly.
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All departure airports have different fare rules. The only common restriction mentioned is that your trip needs to be at least five days long or include a Sunday.
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 airlines 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 receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for 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.
The tickets are issued in booking class J. To give you an example, a round trip from Paris via Lisbon would get you:
- 17,872 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 17,504 Miles on Miles&More
- 17,084 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 17,084 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 17,084 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 17,084 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 17,084 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,084 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 17,084 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 17,084 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 14,522 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 12,812 Miles on Emirates Skywards
- 12,812 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,106 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 10,678 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 10,678 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 10,678 Miles on Asiana Club
- 10,678 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 10,678 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 10,676 Award Miles + 1,778 PQP on United MileagePlus
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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