Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal is having a huge sale from various European cities to destinations in North America. Premium tickets for flights leaving Europe on September 15 or earlier can be purchased with a huge discount, sometimes for less than €1,000.
This deal has been extended until May 11, 2021.
TAP does not offer any specific refund or change policies for these fares, except waiving the fee for your first date change if your flight takes place in 2021. You’d still need to pay the fare difference. Even worse, the airline is infamous for delaying reimbursements or straight out refusing to refund passengers.
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 immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
The airline has set up a landing page for all possible departure countries. You can switch the country by changing the language in the top right corner.
You can find the following origin and departure combinations:
- From Amsterdam
- From Barcelona
- From Copenhagen
- From Dublin
- From London
- From Paris
- From Madrid
- From Prague
- From Rome
- From Seville
- From Stockholm
You may find more connections below €1,500 on TAP’s landing pages. Flights show mostly good availability up until September 2021.
Flights across the pond are Airbus A330-900NEO or Airbus A321LR services. Both plane types feature state-of-the-art business class cabins with fully convertible lie-flat-seats.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, this offer is valid until May 11, 2021. It may be withdrawn or run out of availability earlier. This offer is only valid for flights leaving Europe before September 15, 2021.
Nobody can say with certainty that touristic travel between Europe and Canada/the United States will be possible again by then. TAP has earned a bad reputation when it comes to refunding flights. We advise you to proceed with caution.
You can research flight dates easily on Google Flights.
TAP issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class J. This is quite an attractive booking class for most Star Alliance frequent flyers. This is your accrual for the Amsterdam to Newark roundtrip pictured above:
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- 18,100 Points on SAS EuroBonus
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- 18,100 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
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- 18,100 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 18,100 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,100 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,504 Miles on Miles&More
- 15,386 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 13,576 Miles on Emirates Skywards
- 13,576 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,766 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,314 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,314 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,314 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,314 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,314 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 11,308 Award Miles + 1,884 PQP on United MileagePlus
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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Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about €12, you don’t need a visa for entry.
The Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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Thanks to LuxuryFlightClub and their research on origins & destinations!
Cover Picture: © TAP Portugal