Star Alliance member TAP is once again running a great sale to the USA. The most interesting of these deals is definitely the flight to San Francisco. You can depart from various European countries and fly until September. Luggage is not included, but even if you pay the €100 surcharge, you’d still be getting a great price.
The availability is limited to flights between June and September. Be aware that TAP doesn’t offer these flights on a daily basis. TAP flies to San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Here are some of the cities that you can depart from:
- Madrid: €277
- Zurich: €297
- Paris: €299
- Dublin: €299
- Frankfurt: €299
- Rome: €299
- Amsterdam: €299
- Copenhagen: €300
- London: €348
You would always first fly to Lisbon, from where you’d fly on to San Francisco on an Airbus A330-900neo. You can also stay up to five days in Lisbon, if you want to.
Search & Book
The fare rules barely state any restrictions – the only major one being the minimum stay requirement of 3 days (or a Sunday). On Google Flights, we could observe that the availability is limited to flights between June and September. You can either book directly on TAP’s website, or save another 25€ by booking on the cheapest OTA through our Travel-Dealz flight search.
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.
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!
The tickets are issued in booking class O, which results in you roughly getting:
- 3,080 Miles on Miles&More
- 1,190 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,190 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,190 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 1,190 Miles on Asiana Club
- 590 Miles on Azul TudoAzul