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As if 25 hours in gorgeous Lisbon is a problem!

Unless you want to fly on a budget airline, it’s quite literally impossible to find a one way ticket from Europe to the US in economy for under £1000. Try it, you’ll see. And notice in the above sentence, the word “economy”. Thanks to a really cool flight deal from TAP Portugal, you can fly business class one way from London to New York, with an awesome stopover in Lisbon or Porto, allowing you to leave the airport, explore the city for a night and then head to New York in total flat bed comfort.

a city street with many tall buildings and people crossing itThe Deal

No tricks, no gimmicks – TAP Portugal has an awesome business class fare, which is best suited for the creative. It’s not the fastest route to New York, but for the price, it’s definitely the most fun. You’ll leave London at 8:15 and arrive in Lisbon before 11. That gives you an entire day to explore, drink wine, make people jealous on Instagram and everything else that travelers love to do. Your flight to New York (in a flat bed) leaves at 12:50 the next day, which gets you into NYC in the afternoon, ready to explore. These deals can be had from just £585, which is incredible for business class – especially considering economy would cost you more!

Getting Back

Oh, right – you need to get back probably. The ride from New York back to London or anywhere in Europe is much shorter than the ride to. The best way to get home is to take advantage of cheap deals out of the USA either one way or return, or if you’re a points geek, maybe use some credit card points or airline miles to get back for as close to free as possible? You’ll figure it out. Use these Google Flights tips to find great deals home.

a seat in an airplaneThe Deal Dates

Business class is nice, and so is flexibility. These deals are available almost all year in 2019, with availability from January thru September. Most flight deals are available on Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays, but in some months you have even more options. We’ve made an easy link for you to go sort it out.

How To Book

Booking really couldn’t be easier. Simply hit up this Google Flights link, scroll around for dates in “green” which signify the lowest business class prices. You can even do a multiple day stopover in Lisbon or Porto, if you prefer. You’ll book your flights direct with TAP Portugal, via their easy to use stopover program. Enter your details here, and then scroll down past the economy deals to “Executive” fares. You’d pay almost the same amount while also using tons of points to book business through some airlines, which makes this an even more attractive deal. Here are the 10 best things to do in New York once you get there, and here’s a few you should probably avoid.

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Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. I’ve just tried booking this on my smartphone but it’s only showing economy fares! Any ideas?

    1. Hey Gregory, find dates on Google Flights at the low price, and then head to the TAP link in the post to book. You’ll go to the “book stopover” option and then scroll down to Executive to get the £580+ prices. If you try to book it as just a regular “one way” it won’t work. Enjoy!

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