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 €1,065 (~NOK 11,431). 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.
These flights can be booked as one ways at €55 (~NOK 590), too.
European flights will be operated on TAP’s Airbus A320 fleet. The airline will fly you to the USA on board of a brand new A330-900 NEO. 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:
Search & Book
The fare rules state no restrictions whatsoever. You should be able to find available connections starting from August 2020 all the way through to April 2021, even during the Christmas 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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
By going this way, you may add a stopover in Lisbon or Porto up to five days for free. TAP will guide you through the process with this userfriendly pop-up:
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 Air Canada Aeroplan
- 20,320 on EgyptAir Plus
- 20,320 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 20,320 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 20,320 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 20,320 on Air India Flying Returns
- 20,320 on SAS EuroBonus
- 20,320 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 17,430 on Miles & More
- 17,270 on Azul TudoAzul
- 15,240 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 15,240 on Emirates Skywards
- 13,200 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 12,700 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,700 on ANA Mileage Club
- 12,700 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,700 on Asiana Club
- 12,700 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,700 on United MileagePlus
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 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.
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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