Star Alliance member TAP is selling cheap business class flights from Spain to six North American airports: Boston, Cancun, Chicago, New York, Washington and Miami. Flights from Madrid start at just €1,201 and are available in the first three months and in September 2023. You can also start your trip in Barcelona for roughly the same price. A change of planes in Lisbon is required both ways.
You can get the following prices with departure from Barcelona:
- Boston at €1,201
- Cancun at €1,201
- Miami at €1,202
- Chicago at €1,251
- New York at €1,301
- Washington at €1,302
Starting from Madrid, prices are almost identical:
- Boston at €1,202
- Miami at €1,202
- Cancun at €1,201
- Washington at €1,251
- Chicago at €1,251
- New York at €1,301
Our Go2 search tool forwards you directly to flytap.com, where you can save an additional €20 by joining their frequent flyer program. You can also conveniently add stopovers in Lisbon without much hassle or raising the ticket price. You can also check what OTAs have to offer, as they sell these tickets up to €80 cheaper.These tickets are available for departures in January, February, March and September 2023.
After a relatively short flight to Lisbon, you would fly to Chicago, Cancun or Miami on an Airbus A330-900neo. These new and modern planes feature lie-flat-seats in a 1-2-1 seating pattern up front. An Airbus A321neo LR operates flights to New York, Washington and Boston. You can find a review of that 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.
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The fare rules stat that this deal ends on February 20, 2023. It is valid for departures between within 2023, with a maximum stay of one month. Your trip has to end on December 31, 2023, or earlier. While the travel period seems fairly generous, you can only find these tickets for departures in January, February, March and September 2023.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class J, meaning that a Madrid to Miami roundtrip should get you:
- 20,596 Miles on Miles&More
- 20,596 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 18,996 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 18,694 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 17,872 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 17,872 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 17,872 Award Miles + 8,936 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,872 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 17,872 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 17,872 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 17,872 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 15,190 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 13,406 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,402 Miles on Emirates Skywards
- 11,618 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,170 Award Miles + 1,860 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,170 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,170 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,170 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,170 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,170 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
Hotel prices in Miami usually start at roughly €60, depending on the hotel category. 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 Mexico
Mayan pyramids, dreamy beaches and tacos – Mexico is an incredibly diverse country. If you want to experience the Spanish-speaking country to its fullest, you should definitely stay somewhere other than the tourist hotspots and seaside resorts.
The Best Time to Travel
The perfect travel time is from December to April, during this time it hardly rains and the temperatures are pleasant. Unsurprisingly, during the rainy season from May to October there is more rainfall. Beware of some extreme weather phenomenons that might be unknown to Europeans: Hurricane season lasts from June to November! Those who want to travel to typical holiday areas like Cancún and do not want to spend lots of money should travel in the off season. Areas with less touristic relevance such as Mexico City, on the other hand, are relatively constant throughout the year from a price perspective.
Currency, Credit Cards & Tipping
The official currency of the country is the Mexican Peso. 1 EUR equals about MX$21. The acceptance of credit cards is comparable to or even slightly better than Germany. In almost all shops, even small kiosks, it is possible and quite normal to pay by card. The same applies to restaurants. For street vendors, street snack bars and the like, it is advisable to have a few pesos in cash with you. It is unusual to tip taxis or cab drivers. At a restaurant, 10-15 percent are normal, as long as the tip is not already listed on the bill as a line item. When paying by card, you can usually choose how much you want to tip at the card terminal before entering the pin. Housekeeping at a hotel should usually be tipped 20-40 Pesos per day, small favours have a going tip rate of 5 Pesos.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. All you need to do is fill out the tourist card that is handed out onboard the plane. For touristic and business purposes, a visa-free stay of 180 days is possible.
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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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