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 current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
You can fly from the following cities:
The long-haul flight is always operated on an Airbus A330neo from Lisbon. Should you start your trip in Italy or Ireland, you’ll usually fly to Lisbon on an Airbus A320-family aircraft.
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 officially stated restriction is that your trip has to include at least one Sunday. Everything else is up to you, with almost daily availability way into July 2021. You can see the exact dates on Google Flights, but should definitely book 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 J, meaning that a Rome-Toronto roundtrip should get you:
- 19,700 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,840 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 18,840 on EgyptAir Plus
- 18,840 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,840 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 18,840 on SAS EuroBonus
- 18,840 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 18,840 on Air India Flying Returns
- 18,840 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 18,260 on Miles & More
- 16,010 on Azul TudoAzul
- 14,120 on Emirates Skywards
- 14,120 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,240 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,770 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,770 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,770 on United MileagePlus
- 11,770 on Asiana Club
- 11,770 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,770 on ANA Mileage Club
Information & Tips for Toronto
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. The city is located on the northwest coast of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes of North America.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Toronto is in late spring (April/May) or early autumn (September). Thanks to mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, these months are best suited for tourism.
From the Airport to the City Center
Toronto has two commercial airports, Toronto Pearson (Canada’s largest airport) and Toronto Billy Bishop. The latter is located on an island and is serviced by a free ferry every 15 minutes – if you land here, you are downtown in 10 minutes! Toronto Pearson is a little further out, a taxi to the city centre costs $53 CAD. The Union Pearson Express train connects the Union Station in the city center with the airport in 25 minutes, a one-way ride costs $12.35 CAD for adults.
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