Star Alliance member TAP is selling cheap flights to the USA from Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland and The Netherlands. Prices start at only €217. You can also add a piece of luggage for €100 (prices vary on your origin).
Furthermore, it is possible to add a stopover in Portugal for free. If you’re going for the cheapest possible price, you can save roughly €40 by booking through an OTA. These fare show availability from October 2021 all the way to June 2022.
TAP does not offer any specific refund or change policies for these fares, except waiving the fee for your first date change if your flight takes place in 2021. You’d still need to pay the fare difference. Even worse, the airline is infamous for delaying reimbursements or straight out refusing to refund passengers.
You can fly from October onwards, except during the Christmas holidays. Be aware, though, that TAP does not fly every route daily.
We have been able to find tickets for less than €300 for the following connections:
You would first fly to Lisbon and then cross the Atlantic. You will also receive free food and drinks.
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 restriction mentioned in the fare rules is a minimum stay requirement of 3 days (or a Sunday). Google Flights‘ calendar clearly shows that you can fly from October onwards, except during the Christmas holidays. Feel free to use our search tool above to be redirected to TAP‘s booking site. You can also be redirected to our Travel-Dealz flight search to search for the cheapest OTA price, often saving up to €40.
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. A roundtrip to Miami from Madrid, for example, would get you:
- 2,324 Miles on Miles&More
- 894 Miles on United MileagePlus
- 894 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 894 Miles on Asiana Club
- 894 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 894 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 446 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
As you can see, the amount of miles that this booking would get you is laughable and won’t get you anywhere.
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!
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about €12, you don’t need a visa for entry.
The Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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