Azores: €50 Nonstop TAP Flights from the Portuguese Main Land (€100 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 €50. These fares include just a cabin bag. The cheapest tickets including a checked bag is available at TAP’s website for roughly €100.

Our calendar displays all available dates at the lowest fare for trips of up to 28 days. You can see what OTAs have to offer, as these offer the cheapest light fares, but charge outrageous baggage fees (up to €120 for a roundtrip). TAP sells roundtrips including checked bags for around €100 on their website.

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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.

Search & Book

The fare rules for these flights aren’t very restrictive. All they give is a travel period from September 2022 through July 2023. 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 if you plan to travel with luggage. Otherwise, the cheapest tickets are sold by online travel agencies.

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 Asiana Club
  • 180 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 180 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 180 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 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

Hotel prices in the Azores usually start at roughly €50 during the winter, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Cover Picture: Photo by Sylvain Cleymans on Unsplash

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