Once again TAP Portugal is offering great fares for business class flights to the USA. Departing from Oslo, you can visit New York and fly there in style! Tickets for connections to the Big Apple are being sold for just €1,067 (~NOK 11,277). While travel between Europe and the United States is restricted for the foreseeable future, you might be able to score a discounted premium ticket for 2021.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Our availability calendar shows all flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to two weeks. If you select an out- and inbound flight date, it will forward you to flytap.com, where you can purchase a ticket and a stopover in Lisbon without increasing the fare.
TAP’s Airbus A320 fleet handles flights between Norway and Portugal. Then you’ll enjoy TAPS brand new A330-900 NEOs on your trips across the pond. TAP recently retrofitted all long haul aircraft with their new business class. Check out this article to see what TAP Portugal has to offer in business class:
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
The fare rules state no restrictions whatsoever. You should be able to find available connections starting from March 2021 all the way through to September 2021, even during the summer holidays.
You’ll find suitable dates on Google Flights (instructions). It would be best to limit your search to results that only include 1 stop and reduce the overall flight time. That way you will sort out many of the overnight connections and the ones departing from Porto. Once you found your flight, you’ll get the lowest price via our flight search. Because of the current, uncertain situation, we strongly recommend booking via TAP Portugal’s website.
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.
Adding a Stopover in Lisbon or Porto
If you book directly on TAP’s website, a pop-up window will automatically open. Its user-friendly interface asks you if and how long you’d like to stay in Portugal. This is by far the easiest way to make the most out of a trip with TAP to any destination of your choice. A stopover in Porto can be added the same way. The best thing – the price of your flight remains the same!
Tickets will be issued in booking class J, which will get you an earning rate somewhere between 125% and 200%:
- 21,250 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 20,320 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 20,320 on EgyptAir Plus
- 20,320 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 20,320 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 20,320 on SAS EuroBonus
- 20,320 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 20,320 on Air India Flying Returns
- 20,320 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,430 on Miles & More
- 17,270 on Azul TudoAzul
- 15,240 on Emirates Skywards
- 15,240 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,200 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 12,700 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,700 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,700 on United MileagePlus
- 12,700 on Asiana Club
- 12,700 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,700 on ANA Mileage Club
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 about €12, 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.
All Dealz for USA
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