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Good one-way Business Class fares to the US from London

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the excellent TAP Air Portugal one-way (and return) fares to the United States from Dublin.  There were as low as £600 one-way in Business Class.

You can fly to New York, Boston or Miami.  The only snag is that you need to fly after 31st March 2019.

TAP has now extended this offer to London departures, via Lisbon.  For example, Heathrow to Boston on 15th May is £729 one-way in Business Class.  You can also fly from Gatwick and London City.

TAP one way fares to USA

For £860 you can buy a fully refundable one-way ticket which could be a back-up if you are waiting for Avios seats to open.  Note that the deal does NOT work in the other direction, flying from the US to London.

Return fares are also available for around £1300.

It is definitely a good deal for anyone unsure when they will be coming back, although you MUST book a random cancellable Avios return ticket home to avoid any problems with US immigration.

This is also worth a look if you have the ‘£200 cashback for £600 spend at Amex Travel’ offer showing on one of your American Express cards at the moment.

A free stopover of up to five days is possible in Lisbon.  If you book on the TAP website this is offered to you during booking.

TAP Air Portugal is a member of Star Alliance so your flights will earn miles in any Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme.   You can find out more on the TAP website here.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

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