$408+ One Way Business Class Fares from Europe to East Coast

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TAP Portugal is offering one way Business Class fares from Europe to the east coast of the United States starting as low as $408.

Contents

  1. When are the cheap fares? What is the baggage allowance?
  2. Why Milan or Rome?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$408+ One Ways from Oslo and Copenhagen in Business Class

TAP Portugal is offering Business Class fares between:

  • Oslo and Boston or Newark for $408 one way
  • Copenhagen and New York for $611 one way
  • Copenhagen and Miami for $625 one way

All flights I see have an overnight connection in Lisbon.

Some options have a layover of almost 24 hours, like the flight below, which might be more desirable if you wish to enjoy Lisbon.

The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Available departure dates for the cheap flights span from September through the end of the schedule.

I brought up the following calendar of cheap fares between Oslo and Boston on Google Flights by clicking the Calendar tab.

You can’t book on Google Flights, but you can find the same prices on TAP’s website.

This is a great opportunity to fly cheaply home from Europe.

Why Norway?

I’m headed there myself in July. The natural landscape looks breathtaking. Check out where I’m headed, the Lofoten archipelago…

Photo by Arnstein Rønning
Photo by Arnstein Rønning

Why Copenhagen?

Extremely picturesque architecture and boats. Palaces. Avant-garde…everything? Everyone I met from Denmark is inherently cool.

Copenhagen
Copenhagen by Pug Girl

Mileage Earning

Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.

Assuming you have no status, credited to United, and took the flight from Oslo to Boston (w/connection in Lisbon), you’ll earn 125% of the miles flown, or 6,142 redeemable miles.

You’ll also earn 1 Elite Qualifying Segment, $116 Elite Qualifying Dollars (ticket price less government imposed taxes and fees, which I found on ITA Matrix), and 4,914 Elite Qualifying Miles as that is the distance between Oslo > Lisbon > Boston.

If we’re strictly speaking redeemable miles, you can earn a higher percentage of the distance flown if you credit to Air Canada or Lufthansa (200%, so the Oslo to Boston flight would earn 9,828 redeemable miles).

I found the fare class for this ticket on ITA Matrix.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 pounds each included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense. Here is How to Redeem Arrival Miles. You’d still have over a hundred dollars worth of Arrival miles leftover after redeeming to offset the charge of the $408 ticket.

With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever revenue tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges.

Don’t want to open an Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare.

And if you have the Amex Business Platinum and enough Membership Rewards, you should buy this ticket by Paying with Points (through the Amex Travel Portal) as you’ll get a 50% rebate. If you Pay with Points, you’ll effectively be getting 2 cents of value per point on all Business/First fares after that rebate. A $408 Business Class ticket from Europe would be 20,400 Membership Rewards, which is total steal compared to the 70k United miles you’d pay for such a flight. Not to mention the 20.4k Membership Rewards is all you’d pay. With traditional miles, you’d pay taxes on the award. You’d even earn redeemable miles as well as elite qualifying segments/dollars/miles on the trip, which you wouldn’t if you were redeeming miles on the ticket as an award.

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Sarah Page Maxwell became a miles nerd after moving her base to Buenos Aires and beginning a transient lifestyle that would be otherwise too expensive without miles and points. In addition to travel, her other passions include hot sauce, yoga, and her boston terrier Omar.

2 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a pretty good deal, just wish it were in June. A number of the flights have angled seats. For me the ideal deal would be a 24 hour layover in Lisbon and then lay flat seats for the ride home.

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