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TAP Portugal has got some incredible one-way, flat-bed Business Class fares right now between a few different western European cities and three east coast cities. Prices start around $650 from Oslo to Newark and Boston. Available travel dates span all the way from September, 2018 through May, 2019.
The fact that this fare is so widely available across the calendar, and the fact that you could mostly cover the cost with one sign up bonus (or by paying just 43k Ultimate Rewards via the Sapphire Reserve, or 42k Membership Rewards via the Business Platinum card) makes this an awesome opportunity. That’s half of your trip to Europe in a flat-bed covered.
- What city pairs are available?
- When are the cheap fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
Available City Pairs
You’ll find the cheap fares between…
When are the cheap fares?
The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Available dates for the low price start in October and span through December of this year. The specific travel windows with the cheap fares are:
I brought up this calendar of roundtrip prices between Oslo and Boston on Google Flights.
You can’t purchase tickets directly on Google Flights, but after choosing an outbound and return flight you will be given links to follow to buy on the appopriate airline’s website.
The fare bucket is J.
If you credit your butt-in-seat miles to United (fellow Star Alliance member) you would earn. For the $358 flight, you would earn 6,382 United miles. You’d also earn the same amount of Singapore miles. Not bad!
Check wheretocredit.com to see which other partners you could credit to and how many miles you’d earn.
You will get to check two bags for free, up to 70 pounds each, as well as bring two 17 pound bags as carry on for free.
Best Ways to Buy the Ticket
Buy this ticket with the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. The card comes with 50,000 “miles” after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. I called the card’s rewards “miles” because they’re not like traditional airline miles, but rather are redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense. The bonus plus the spending it takes to get there will earn you $560 in travel credit, which is just under $100 short of covering this Business Class ticket. If you opt to stay in a hotel in Europe, make sure you also charge that to your Capital One Venture Rewards Card as it will earn 10 miles per dollar spent!
With the Capital One Venture Rewards, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open the card, put this flight on it (along with any other spending), and once you do meet the requirement and earn your bonus miles, you can redeem them retroactively for a statement credit. The bonus, worth $500 in travel expenses, will almost cover the Business class flight. And it’s easy to get a Capital One card number before the physical card arrives in the mail! Just download Capital One’s app and login.
Don’t want to open a new card?
Redeem 43,000 Ultimate Rewards–that have either been earned by the Sapphire Reserve or pooled into your Sapphire Reserve account–through the Chase Travel Portal (at 1.5 cents each) to book this flight.
Or if you have a Amex Business Platinum Card, you will get a 35% rebate on paying with your points through the Amex travel portal. After the rebate, this one-way Business Class ticket would cost you 42,000 Membership Rewards.
Or just pay cash and ut 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 if you’re concerned with earning more rewards. Check out my series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards if you’re more concerned with travel insurance.
Hat Tip God Save the Points