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Wide Open Lie Flat Business Class Award Space To Europe For Just 35,000 Miles – View from the Wing

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Wide Open Lie Flat Business Class Award Space To Europe For Just 35,000 Miles

There’s been wide open business class award space this winter between the U.S. and Europe on Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal from New York JFK and Newark; Boston; Washington Dulles; Miami; and Chicago (and also from Toronto and Montreal). In some cases there are as many as 9 business class award seats available on the same flight.

You can fly to and from Lisbon and of course connect beyond Lisbon to numerous destinations. And there’s also Newark – Porto non-stop as well. That’s great as far as it goes, especially since you can transfer points from American Express, Chase, Capital One and Bilt to Air Canada Aeroplan and book this online. Chicago to Lisbon is 60,000 points each way (adding connecting flights can increase the distance and mileage price).

But FindFlightsForMe shows us how to make this deal even better. For some reason Avianca LifeMiles is pricing New York JFK – Lisbon at just 35,000 miles one-way in business class plus $28 in taxes and fees. American Express, Citibank, Capital One and Bilt points transfer to LifeMiles.

LifeMiles also sells miles as low as 1.3 cents apiece with promotion, so you could just buy these one-ways for less than $500. In. Business. Class.

This is available only in one direction, the other way is regular price (63,000 LifeMiles or, again, 60,000 Air Canada Aeoplan points). LifeMiles is also a bit less flexible than what many are used to – $150 change fee, $200 to cancel and redeposit the miles.

I actually do not think this pricing is a mistake. LifeMiles is aggressive in managing its pricing. There are some awards you’ll find with other Star Alliance frequent flyer programs that LifeMiles won’t show availability for. That’s intentional. When an award is too expensive for their pricing, LifeMiles doesn’t let you book it. But they also drop their pricing below award chart pricing with some regularity and this too has been intentional.

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