Star Alliance member TAP is once again running a great sale to the USA. The most interesting of these deals are definitely the flights to San Francisco. You can depart from Madrid or Barcelona – the cheap ticket are available until the end of March 2022. Luggage is not included, but even if you pay the €100 surcharge, you’d still be getting a great price.
TAP flights purchased before February 28, 2022, can be rebooked once without having to pay a rebooking fee, but the price difference will have to be paid.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. While online travel agencies (OTAs) offer the cheapest tickets, you can also book directly with TAP to easier navigate luggage prices, upgrade availabilities, date changes or stopovers for approx. €30 more.
You would always first fly to Lisbon, from where you’d fly on to San Francisco on an Airbus A330-900neo. These aircraft of the latest generation feature a 2-4-2 seating pattern in economy class.
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The fare rules barely state any restrictions – the only major one being the minimum stay requirement of 3 days (or a Sunday). The availability is fairly good in the first three months 2022.
Google Flights helps you find additional flight dates or suitable dates for longer journeys., we could observe that the availability is best in March and April 2022. You can then book the flights via our flight search or directly 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 (from Madrid) results in you roughly getting:
- 3,084 Miles on Miles&More
- 1,198 Miles on United MileagePlus
- 1,198 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,198 Miles on Asiana Club
- 1,198 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,198 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 598 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
As you can see, mileage-wise, this deal won’t get you much.