Star Alliance member TAP Portugal offers discounted Business Class fares from London-Heathrow. The highlight are flights to Rio de Janeiro at €1,594/£1,403. TAP also promotes its new service to San Francisco with Business Class deals as low as €1,602. Flights to both destinations necessitate layover in Lisbon.
TAP Portugal intends to send its Airbus A330-900NEO airplanes to San Francisco, while Rio receives Airbus A330-200/-300 service. An Airbus A320 family aircraft will take you from London to Lisbon and back.
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The only restrictions given by fare rules are that travel must commence after June 10, 2019. Further, a stopover in Lisbon is allowed on either the out- or inbound flight, with a maximum duration of 120 hours (5 days).
Our availability calendar shows you possible travel dates for the cheapest fares mentioned. It is limited to roundtrips between four days and two weeks. Since TAP commences service to San Francisco in November 2019, earlier flights are not available:
You can buy your tickets at the only travel agencies displayed by skyscanner or directly through TAP’s homepage. This will not only give you better chances to communicate if any problems arise. It’ll be much easier to include a stopver in your journey, if desired, too.
Sadly, the fare rules don’t give any clue about offer duration.
Tickets are issued in booking class J to San Francisco and Z to Rio de Janeiro. The only noteable diffrence is that South African Airlines’ Voyager program doesn’t acknowledge any miles earned on J. A London to San Francisco roundtrip earns you the following award mileage*:
- 27,790 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 26,670 on Miles & More
- 26,560 on Air India Flying Returns
- 26,560 on SAS EuroBonus
- 26,560 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 26,560 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 26,560 on EgyptAir Plus
- 26,560 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 26,560 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 26,560 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 26,560 on Avianca Brazil Amigo
- 22,580 on Azul TudoAzul
- 19,920 on Emirates Skywards
- 19,920 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 17,260 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 16,600 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 16,600 on United MileagePlus
- 16,600 on Asiana Club
- 16,600 on ANA Mileage Club
- 16,600 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 16,600 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
*minimum 20,000 award miles.
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 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.
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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Information & Tips for San Francisco
The city on the Pacific coast in California captivates with unique buildings like the Golden Gate Bridge but also with the serenity, enlightenment and cultural diversity of the population.
Best Time to Visit
Temperatures in San Francisco are quite warm and moderate all year round. But in winter you have to expect to get more rain. The best months for traveling are April to October.
Top 3 Sights
Golden Gate Bridge: There are only a few buildings that say ‘USA’ as much as the bridge that connects with San Francisco to Sausalito. You can pass the bridge either by car, on foot or by bike. The latter is highly recommended because it is somewhat tricky to get on the bridge by foot. When planning your trip, you should always check the weather forecast, as the bridge is often covered in thick fog. This might be great for taking spectacular pictures of the bridge, but passing it could be rather disappointing due to the limited visibility.
Alcatraz Island: You can reach the legendary prison island, on which Al Capone was imprisoned, by ferry. You can book tickets on the official website. Attention: Other sites that also offer tickets are only re-sellers who charge excessive prices. It is worth to book the tickets in advance because especially during high season the ferry can be full due to the limited number of seats.
Fisherman’s Wharf: An excellent place to start your visit to San Francisco. This old part of town – once the Little Italy of San Francisco – is famous for its shops, restaurants and the beautiful atmosphere by the water. It’s a nice place to walk around and get a taste of the city. It’s also a starting point for tours with spectacular views of the city.
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Information & Tips for Brazil
Brazil is probably the country in South America that is most frequented by tourists. Whether it’s the carnival or the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro or touring the Amazon, visitors will get their money’s worth here.
Traditionally, flights to South America and Brazil from Europe are quite expensive, but since a few years, there are increasingly cheap offers, especially with Iberia and TAP.
Best Time to Visit
Brazil is a vast country – so there is no such thing as an overall best travel time. It all depends on what you want to see. It is best to visit the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort he rainforest is from May to September.
Entry & Visa
EU citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days and can enter with a passport only. Note that, similar to the USA, that after your first stop in Brazil your luggage must be collected and brought through customs. Calculate accordingly when booking a connecting flight.
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Information & Tips for Rio de Jainero
Rio de Janeiro is the second largest but especially for tourists probably the most important city in Brazil. Famous for its carnival, Cristo Redentor statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana, Rio offers visitors a variety of experiences and sights.
The city has excellent flight connections to Europ. Fares are generally around 400€ to 600€ with the occasional steal of less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Rio is between December and March. At this time of year, the weather is warm but moderate, and the water temperature is perfect for swimming. Carnival takes place in February.
From the airport to the city
Express buses with air conditioning and lots of space for your luggage will take you to the city in about half an hour for the equivalent of 3€. The taxi ride costs between 14€ and 25€. Make sure that you only take licensed taxis!
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