Once again Star Alliance airline TAP Portugal is offering great business class fares from Dublin starting at only €1,130 to Montreal and Toronto in Canada. Flight dates are available from January to early June 2022. After a during the Summer holidays, the low prices show up again from September onwards.
TAP does not offer any specific refund or change policies for these fares.
Since September 7, 2021, direct touristic travel between Portugal and Canada is possible again. Please check which requirements (such as vaccinations or tests) are necessary before you travel.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to flytap.com, where you can conveniently add a stopover. You can also look what OTAs have to offer, in case you want to save a few euros.
Since TAP is a Portuguese Airline, there will always be a layover in Porto or Lisbon included. TAP’s long-haul flights are operated by brand-new Airbus A330-900 NEO or A321 NEO LR aircraft. All of them feature lie-flat seats with TAP’s new business class.
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Unfortunately, the fare rules do not specify how long this offer will be available. They only state that you need to stay at least one Sunday at your destination. You’ll find the best and cheapest fares by using Google Flights (instructions).
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The booking class for the flights will be J. Depending on your frequent flyer program of choice you’ll be credited with 125% to 200% of the miles flown. A return flight to Toronto, for example, should get you this:
- 19,200 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,356 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 18,356 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 18,356 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 18,356 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,356 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 18,356 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 18,356 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 18,356 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 18,268 Miles on Miles&More
- 15,602 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 13,766 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,766 Miles on Emirates Skywards
- 11,930 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,472 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,472 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,472 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,472 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,472 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,470 Award Miles + 1,912 PQP on United MileagePlus
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Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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