Transatlantic Business Class Under $650 One Way

Business class fares originating in Europe to the US are often cheaper than fares which originate in the U.S. I occasionally see $1000 roundtrip fares originating in Europe. Last year there was even a $400 one-way Europe-US fare on Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal.

TAP is back with amazing fares across the Pond, originating in Europe. You can book them either one way (Europe to U.S.) or roundtrip (Europe – U.S. – Europe).

Fares are available from Oslo to New York or Boston, Copenhagen to New York or Miami, starting at $651 and there are good deals from Budapest to New York also. (HT: God Save the Points)

Key details of fare basis JNOEXI0D:

  • Travel permitted September 1 onward, though availability is great in winter and early spring
  • 1 free stopover permitted
  • Refunds prior to departure are available for 115 euros, changes are 140 euros

When there are cheap fares Europe – US, you ought to consider…

  1. Flying to Europe, such as on an award ticket, and booking roundtrips originating in Europe. One award ticket and nested paid tickets cover as many roundtrips as you wish while getting the cheaper Europe-originating fares [provided you can lock in dates for all of them].

  2. Flying to Europe on an award ticket, and booking a one-way ticket back to the U.S.

At 60,000 or 70,000 miles one-way for a business class award ticket it can be far more desirable to save the miles, pay $700, and earn miles even for the ticket plus there may be far better availability for a discounted paid fare.

And it can be even cheaper than you may realize in comparison. If you’re using a program like Delta which adds fuel surcharges for tickets originating in Europe, or Aeroplan which adds fuel surcharges on many of their partner airlines including Air Canada and Lufthansa, or heaven forbid British Airways which adds fuel surcharges onto awards period while offering a mediocre product then the difference in cash cost may only be a couple hundred bucks. (In fact this one-way TAP fare is a $321 base fare with the rest taxes and fees.)

The point is — save the miles, save the fuel surcharges, and consider buying the one-way that’s sold cheaply while using miles for the expensive ticket.

That doesn’t always line up with your plans. For this fare you’d have to position to Copenhagen, and there’s added cost to get home if you don’t live in one of TAP Air Portugal’s US gateways. But it’s definitely something to keep top of mind when booking awards.

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Comments

  1. Thanks! I have a MEX>FRA>JNB>MXP award trip coming up in September, and I didn’t want to use any more miles to return TATL, thinking that I just might come aceoss a cheap Biz fare to get back across the pond. This will work for me.

  2. My understanding is that TAP is rapidly adding US gateways, so the positioning flight options may improve. Anything besides Oslo or Budapest?

  3. Back in the 80s when I was flying from the US to do business in Asia and Europe, I worked with a travel agent who showed me this trick.

    One way from US to Asia or Europe, booked in dollars; return segment booked in local currency. Almost always was cheaper that way.

    Even easier today with online booking engines.

    I always check separate one-ways rather than sticking to round trips.

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