Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
While the airline offers nonstop services between Boston and the Azores, this fare gets even more interesting if you choose a routing via Lisbon. While this may increase your travel time (and price by €10), you can add a stopover up to five days in Portugal’s capital without increasing the price. Further, you will enjoy a transatlantic ride in TAP’s new Airbus A330-900 NEO business class. You can find multiple flights each week at the lowest fare up until June 2021.
Direct flights between Boston and Ponta Delgada are Airbus A321LR services. These narrow body planes feature alternating 2-2 and 1-1 seat rows with fully lie-flat-seats in business class. Flights between the Azores and Portugal feature regular European business class seats – which means regular economy seating with a blocked middle seat. An Airbus A330-900NEO flies between Lisbon and Boston, with a proper lie-flat business class in a 1-2-1 configuration.
We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.
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The fare rules don’t give an expiration date for this flight. A minimum stay of one night from Saturday to Sunday on the Azores applies. A stopover in Lisbon up to five days is possible. You can find multiple flights at the lowest fare weekly up until June 2021.
Use Google Flights to find suiting flight dates. If you book directly on TAP’s website, you can score a €14 discount if you subscribe to their frequent flyer program. You can also check our flight search to see what online travel agencies have to offer.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
TAP issues these tickets in booking class J. This is a pretty decent business class fare, granting up to 200% mileage accrual without tier bonuses. If you choose the nonstop flights, your trip should yield the following mileage:
- 10,000 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 9,550 on EgyptAir Plus
- 9,550 on Air India Flying Returns
- 9,550 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 9,550 on SAS EuroBonus
- 9,550 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 9,550 on Miles & More
- 9,550 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,550 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 9,550 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 8,120 on Azul TudoAzul
- 7,170 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 7,170 on Emirates Skywards
- 6,210 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 5,970 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 5,970 on United MileagePlus
- 5,970 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 5,970 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 5,970 on Asiana Club
- 5,970 on ANA Mileage Club
Things get much more interesting when choosing to fly via Lisbon:
- 13,760 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 13,160 on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,160 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,160 on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,160 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,160 on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,160 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 13,160 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,160 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,550 on Miles & More
- 11,180 on Azul TudoAzul
- 9,870 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 9,870 on Emirates Skywards
- 8,550 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 8,220 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 8,220 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 8,220 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 8,220 on ANA Mileage Club
- 8,220 on United MileagePlus
- 8,220 on Asiana Club
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