TAP Air Portugal has among the most attractive transatlantic fares of any airline, and I’ve written many times about the great deals available on them. There are two things that make them especially unique:
- They publish great one-way transatlantic fares, which is rare since most airlines charge a significant premium for just booking one-way
- They allow free stopovers in Portugal for up to three days if you’re connecting to a medium or longhaul flight, which is a great way to visit two locations for the price of one
TAP Air Portugal has attractive one-way business class fares from many European cities, starting at under $700 one-way. The best fares seem to be out of Copenhagen, though there are also attractive fares out of Budapest, Helsinki, Oslo, and some other cities. The fares are mostly available for travel in September 2018 through May 2019. There’s not availability every day, but there’s a good smattering of availability throughout the schedule.
Just to give a couple of examples:
You can also fly roundtrip for roughly double the price of a one-way ticket, though you do have to originate in Europe (the fare isn’t valid for travel originating in the US).
TAP Air Portugal is in the process of installing a new business class product throughout their longhaul fleet. As it stands, most flights to New York, Newark, and Boston feature the new seats, while most flights to Miami don’t. As time goes on, more flights should feature the new cabins. I recently flew TAP Air Portugal’s new business class, and thought it was reasonably good. The seats were solid, the food was alright, and the service not so great. However, at the price you really can’t go wrong, in my opinion.
Your best bet for searching the fare is Google Flights or ITA Matrix, and then you can use the multi-city feature if you want to add a stopover. Google Flights will direct you to an online travel agency, such as Priceline or Orbitz, or to TAP’s own website to book.
This fare books into the “J” fare class, so see this page on wheretocredit.com to see how many miles you’d earn for this ticket with various programs (some programs credit as much as 200% miles).
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Anyone plan to take advantage of these great TAP Air Portugal business class fares?