Incredible: Transatlantic Business Class Returns Around $700 In July

Despite the amount of competition, transatlantic business class fares can still be some of the most expensive on the market. However, now and then, you can strike gold by flying a more unconventional route. This is the case on TAP Portugal, whose July flights from Boston to Madrid via Ponta Delgada and Lisbon currently come in at around just $700!

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With a stop in the Azores, TAP’s transatlantic business class fares suddenly become very attractive. Photo: Getty Images

The route

As also noted by Luxury Flight Club, adding a stop in Ponta Delgada dramatically decreases the cost of transatlantic travel with TAP Portugal. Ponta Delgada is the primary airport for the Azores, a collection of Portuguese islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

As such, flying a three-legged Boston-Ponta Delgada-Lisbon-Madrid itinerary this summer will see business class fares fall well below the norm. However, it is important to note that the return leg features a 14-hour overnight layover in the Portuguese capital.

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The Spanish capital is the home of the iconic Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, where Real Madrid Club de Fútbol plays. Photo: Getty Images

The dates

Examples of Saturday-Friday stays throughout June and July can be found at the following Skyscanner links. The first week is currently $700, with the remainder coming in at $718.

TAP’s website indicates that an Airbus A321neo operates the Boston-Ponta Delgada leg. However, it is unclear whether that would be the LR variant, with flatbed business class seats. The standard A321neo in TAP’s fleet features European-style short-haul business class, so this is an aspect to be aware of, and presumably a factor in the low prices.