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TAP Air Portugal is rapidly becoming a more interesting airline for this of us who fly across the Atlantic with any kind of frequency. The airline is currently offering some fantastic transatlantic Business Class fares out of London, it will soon be adding Washington D.C. and Chicago to its route map, it will start flying its new Business Class product to/from the US in March and now it has announced its first route to the West Coast.
From 10 June 2019 TAP Air Portugal will offer non-stop service between Lisbon and San Francisco 5x per week on the following schedule:
TP237 LIS 10:00 – 14:40 SFO (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
TP236 SFO 16:10 – 11:25+1 day LIS (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
From 27 October 2019 the route moves to a 3x/week schedule (Mon, Thu & Sat) but the timings remain the same….at least for now.
There are two pieces of genuinely good news here for flyers:
Firstly, TAP has confirmed that it will operate its new San Francisco route using its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft which come fitted with the airline’s newest Business Class product.
The Recaro CL6710 seat (the image above is from Recaro and doesn’t show the exact TAP product) is a big step up from what TAP has offered on most of its routes to date as it offers fully lie-flat seats which all offer direct access to an aisle.
Secondly, TAP is known for offering great airfares on a pretty frequent basis and right now there’s one such fare available on the new route.
TAP Business Class To San Francisco From $1,417 Roundtrip
As I mentioned at the very beginning, TAP is currently offering some amazing Business Class fares to the US out of London but if you want to get a great fare to San Francisco you’ll need to start your journey a little further West…in Dublin.
During the summer months TAP is offering roundtrip Business Class fares between Dublin and San Francisco from around $1,531…..
…but by September and October these fares have dropped as low as $1,417:
The one small catch with these amazing fares is that you have to stopover in Lisbon for at least one night….
…but you can avoid this by choosing to pay a little more (personally I’d use this as an opportunity to visit another European city).
A quick look at ExpertFlyer shows the seat map which confirms that TAP will be offering its new Business Class product on the Lisbon – San Francisco – Lisbon sectors….
….and the best fares are extremely easy to find on Google Flights:
Where To Credit The Flights
TAP Portugal is a member of the Star Alliance so there’s a wide choice of loyalty programs to which its flights can be credited….but you need to be careful – you get a lot more credit with some programs than you do with others.
To give yourself all the information you need to make the best decision I suggest using the Wheretocredit tool and, just to give you an idea of the kind of options open to you, here are a few examples of what some of the loyalty programs will offer you.
- Aeroplan – 200% of distance flown
- Emirates Skywards – 150% of distance flown
- Miles & More – 200% of distance flown
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer – 150% of distance flown
- United MileagePlus – 125% of distance flown
Crediting these business class flights to one of the programs offering miles at a rate of 200% of the distance flown would see you earn almost 27,000 miles in – that’s why I would probably credit to Aeroplan or Singapore Airlines (but those are personal choices).
I love seeing new transatlantic routes open up as it increases competition and helps keep a check on airfares. I love it even more when the new route is launched by an airline that enjoys a good Business Class sale and, based on what we’ve been seeing recently, that’s exactly what TAP Air Portugal is.
Featured image courtesy of Airbus