Azores: €68 TAP Flights from Portugal (€85 With Luggage)

Azores

Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal offers a great sale for flights to Ponta Delgada on the Azorean Islands. Flying from Lisbon or Porto, you can reach the archipelago for as cheap as €2. These fares include just a cabin bag. Adding checked luggage increases the price by roughly €14 on TAP’s website.

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TAP flights purchased before February 28, 2022, can be rebooked once without having to pay a rebooking fee, but the price difference will have to be paid.

Availability from both cities are really good during the first three months of 2022. After that, you can still find cheap tickets from Lisbon, but availability from Porto takes a nosedive. Our calendar displays all available dates for trips of up to 28 days:

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The Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal and therefore part of the Schengen agreement. EU citizens won’t need a passport or visa to get there.

Most flights will be operated using TAP’s Airbus A320 or A320NEO planes. They feature a standard 3-3 seating, but an infamously narrow 71 cm seat pitch.

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The fare rules for these flights aren’t very restrictive. They merely state that you can fly until June 19 or after September 3, 2022. The best way to find travel dates is using our calendar above or Google Flights (instructions). It is best to book on TAP’s website.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in booking class O. The non-stop round trip from Lisbon will get you:

  • 250 Miles on Miles&More
  • 180 Miles on United MileagePlus
  • 180 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 180 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 180 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 180 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 90 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

As you can see, the number of miles is laughable.

Hotels

Before planning your trip, make sure to take a look at our current hotel coupons. It may save you quite a lot of money:

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