The Star Alliance member TAP offers a bouquet of nonstop flights across the pond from Lisbon for as little as €271 with OTA’s. When booking with the airline directly, it’s €299. Luggage can be added for €100. Travel is possible from May 15 to March 31, 2023, summer holidays and festive season. Alternative destinations are found in the Americas and in Angola for less than €400.
TAP flights purchased before June 30, 2022, can be rebooked without having to pay a rebooking fee, but the price difference will have to be paid. This does not apply to Discount fares.
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.
These prices are with departure from Lisbon:
- Montreal, Canada for €271
- Miami, USA for €314
- New York, USA for €313
- Punta Cana, DR for €365
- Cancún, Mexico for €367
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for €394
- Luanda, Angola for €384
Availabilities are from September to March 2023, excluding European summer holidays and of course the Christmas and New Year’s season. Miami has a good availability throughout from September, while Montreal’s availability concentrates around the early months of 2023.
TAP uses the Airbus A321neo with a 3-3 seat configuration and an A330-900neo with 2-4-2 configuration on their long distance flights.
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This fare can be booked until May 16, 2022, for departures between May 15, 2022, and March 31, 2023. The minimum stay requirement is of 5 days. Like so often, this cheap fare is not available during the two main holiday seasons June 15- August 31, 2022, and December 15- January 15, 2023. The maximum stay is limited to one month.
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. Since these tickets come at a very reasonable price, they will be rewarded with a low mileage.
To give you an example, return flights from Lisbon to Montreal would get you the following mileage credits:
- 1,626 Miles on Miles&More
- 650 Miles on United MileagePlus
- 650 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 650 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 650 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 650 Miles on Asiana Club
- 326 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
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