You can currently book flights to the Portuguese city of Faro, departing from various European cities, such as Luxembourg, for prices starting at only €68. Sadly, these roundtrips won’t include luggage, unless you’re willing to pay another roughly € for it. A big positive of this deal: You can add a free stopover in Porto or Lisbon on the outbound flight – meaning that for €68 you could see Faro plus Lisbon or Porto – quite a nice tour of Portugal!
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.
Availability seems to be highest in June, September, and October.
You can depart from the following cities:
- Luxembourg: €68
- Dublin: €79
- Copenhagen: €84 (~DKK 625)
- Brussels: €92
- Madrid: €96
- Vienna: €100
- Amsterdam: €101
- Zurich: €105 (~CHF 116)
You would always first fly to Lisbon, from where you’d fly a short 45-minute flight to Faro. TAP uses Airbus A320-family aircraft for all of its flights.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
The only restriction stated in the fare rules is that you need to stay at least 5 days (or a Sunday) at your destination. Other than that, we’ve personally noticed, that the availability seems be limited to June, September, and October 2021. You can use Google Flights to find available dates, and can then directly 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:
- 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.
- 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.
The tickets are issued in booking class O, which for a roundtrip should roughly get you:
- 500 on Miles & More
- 260 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 240 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 240 on EgyptAir Plus
- 240 on Asiana Club
- 120 on Azul TudoAzul
Adding a Stopover in Lisbon or Porto
If you book directly on TAP’s website, a pop-up window will automatically open. Its user-friendly interface asks you if and how long you’d like to stay in Portugal. This is by far the easiest way to make the most out of a trip with TAP to any destination of your choice. A stopover in Porto can be added the same way. The best thing – the price of your flight remains the same!
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