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Deal Alert: Business class to Europe for less than $1000

April 27, 2021
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If you are willing to be a little brave about Europe reopening to vaccinated Americans, there are some screaming deals to be had on business class seats for less than $1000. As we've been reporting, the European Union is expected to relax rules for American tourists who are fully vaccinated to enter the EU. We're assuming those eased requirements will come just in time for summer travel.

Related: Want to travel to Europe this summer? Here's what to know

The deals were first reported by Gary Leff over at View From the Wing. While I didn't find fares quite as good, I was able to find several business class options to Europe on TAP Air Portugal for as low as $965, including from New York (EWR) or Chicago (ORD) to Lisbon (LIS) or Porto, Portugal (OPO), Barcelona (BCN) or Madrid, Spain (MAD), Paris (CDG), or even London (LHR). There's even business class flights roundtrip San Francisco (SFO) to Lisbon (LIS) from $1,142.

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The deal

Airlines: TAP Air Portugal
Routes: EWR/ORD/MIA/SFO to LIS/BCN/MAD/CDG/LHR and beyond
Cost: $965+ roundtrip
Dates: June 2021 through summer
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Sample itineraries

You could fly Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Paris Orly International Airport (ORY) roundtrip in business class for $965.

(Screenshot courtesy Google)

Related: Some of TPGs favorite European cities

Flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Lisbon International Airport (LIS) for $975.42.

(Screenshot courtesy TAP Air Portugal)

I found flights from Newark to Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) for $964.

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(Screenshot courtesy Google)

I found flights from Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) to Madrid for $965 in late June.

(Screenshot courtesy Google)

Or how about Miami International Airport (MIA) to London Heathrow (LHR) for less than $1,000?

(Screenshot courtesy TAP Air Portugal)

Even if you can't find sub-$1,000 fares, there's lots of deals to be had like this intinerary for under $1,200 in business class.

(Screenshot courtesy TAP Air Portugal)

Related: A review of TAP Air Portugal Porto to Newark

If you'd rather stick to Oneworld carriers, I easily found flights in business class roundtrip for less than $2,000 for summer travel.

(Screenshot courtesy American Airlines)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare. It makes the most sense to use cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

You can read more with this post on how to maximize airfare purchases.

Friendly reminder

Booking travel to Europe right now is a gamble. While we believe most countries will be open to U.S. citizens who are vaccinated soon, there are no guarantees, especially in the age of coronavirus. Keep an eye on CDC and U.S. government warnings and advisories, and be sure to check on individual countries with our complete country-by-country guide to reopenings or our guide to Europe reopenings.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Pros

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  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
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Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
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5XGet 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com
1.5XEarn 1.5X points on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year
1X1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

    Earn 150,000 points
    120,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $695
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.