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 €1,066/ NOK 10,730.
Even if availability isn’t exactly great, you’ll now be able to find flights starting from November all through to July 2020! Also, TAP is now selling tickets for connections that do not include overnight stays in Lisbon.
These flights can be booked as one-ways at €556/ NOK 5,595, as well:
The routing for these flights can differ widely. The straight forward version will take you from Oslo to Lisbon and from there to the USA. But TAP is also offering connections including a layover in Copenhagen before your flight to Portugal. Sometimes you might even find a second feeder flight from Lisbon to Porto.
You should definitely keep an eye on this! Some of these multiple layover deals include an overnight stop. And if you’re not planning on visiting friends in Copenhagen or Lisbon, you want to avoid spending a night at the airport or paying for a hotel. Also, flights from Porto to New York show an Airbus A321. And while the airline does operate these aircraft with lie-flat seats, Google Flights shows normal European business class for many of these flights!
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. Check out this article to ee what TAP Portugal has to offer in business class:
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The only information that we’ve been able to get from the fare rules is that the deal is valid for travel commencing on or after June 1st, 2019. However, you should be able to find available connections starting from November 2019 all through to July 2020. As already mentioned, availability isn’t excellent. And probably won’t get better. So you should act fast!
Not only do the fare rules not specify dates for this deal, but there are also no minimum or maximum stay requirements. But don’t forget about your ESTA – which, in most cases, will limit your travel to 90 days anyways.
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 yo
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.
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 India Flying Returns
- 20,320 on SAS EuroBonus
- 20,320 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 20,320 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 20,320 on EgyptAir Plus
- 20,320 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 20,320 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 20,320 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 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 United MileagePlus
- 12,700 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,700 on Asiana Club
- 12,700 on ANA Mileage Club
- 12,700 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,700 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
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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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.
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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