Until December 12, 2020, Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal runs one of the most notable promotions of the pandemic period. The airline sells economy oneway tickets to 14 long haul destinations at €75 a piece. This fare includes board service, but lacks checked bags. Sadly, return tickets within a sensible time period are way more expensive. This still is an opportunity to save on oneway trips.
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.
- Cancún at €75
- San Francisco at €75
- Montreal at €75
- Chicago at €75
- Boston at €75
- Miami at €75
- Washington D.C. at €75
- Maceió, Brazil at €75
- Natal, Brazil at €75
- Belém, Brazil at €75
- Fortaleza, Brazil at €75
- Recife, Brazil at €75
- Salvador, Brazil at €75
- Maputo, Mozambique at €75 (checked bags add €25)
There are two possible destinations from Ponta Delgada, Azores:
TAP uses Airbus A330 or Airbus A321LR aircraft on its long haul flights. The former have a 2-4-2 seating equipped in their economy cabin, the latter a 3-3 seating. You can expect a personal IFE monitor on all flights.
TAP, like many other airlines, is going to a rough financial period. They have cancelled flights or routes all together in the past, on very short notice. Further, the company has a bad record when it comes to reimbursements. While these prices are worth taking a little risk, you should be aware that you might lose your money or at least have a very hard time getting it back.
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These flights are available until December 12, 2020 within limited travel periods.
- January 11 through March 22
- April 12 through June 14
- September 16 through November 30, 2021
Other destinations have an additional window from December 10 to 31, 2020. However, the final period ends in October instead of November 2021.
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.