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It looks like TAP Air Portugal is back with a series of good fares for travel between Europe and the US. Yesterday I wrote about a fantastic sub-$1,300 fare for travel between Oslo and New York and now we have another excellent deal for travel between Copenhagen and Boston.
Headline Fare Rules
- Ticketing must be complete within 72 hours of a reservation being made
- 2 stopovers permitted – 1 free and 1 at 75.00
- Valid for travel commencing on/after 1 June 2019**
- Accompanied children/infants with their own seat cost 75% of the adult fare
- Accompanied infants (<2 years old) without their own seat cost 10% of the adult fare
No date has been provided to signal the end of this fare so it may be around for a while or it may disappear at any moment.
**I’ve found good pricing as early as March 2019
Fare Routing & Aircraft
This fare is for travel between Copenhagen and New York via Lisbon:
On the transatlantic sectors TAP is currently scheduled to operate its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft which come equipped with the airline’s latest Business Class cabin…..
…but there’s a chance (albeit an outside one) that TAP will schedule its new A321LR on this route.
We haven’t seen inside the TAP A321LR yet but we know that the Business Class cabin layout will be the same as that offered by Aer Lingus on its A321LR and B757s so its likely a similar lie-flat seat will be employed.
For the purposes of the search that I carried out I filtered out all itineraries that required an overnight stop in Lisbon or that offered an incredibly long airport layover – if either of those don’t bother you then availability will look considerably better than what you see below.
Even though the fare I’m highlighting technically only starts for travel from June, there are a few days in March where a great price can be found…
…with the same being true for April…
..and, to a far lesser extent, May:
Availability improves in June….
….but goes back to being disappointing in July…
…before exploding in August:
Things look good in September….
…before petering out in November…
Finding The Fare
I used the Matrix ITA Airfare Search to find this deal – here’s an example set of parameters I used:
If you wish to find more availability (and are prepared for longer layovers or overnight stops) make sure you remove the “maxdur” commands from the search parameters (they limit journey time to 15 hours of less).
Booking The Fare
You can’t book the fares via the Matrix search so, once you’ve found dates that work for you, you should book via the route which is most beneficial to you.
By this I mean….
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for booking directly with an airline you should make sure you book via TAP.
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for all travel bookings you should be safe booking through most online travel agents or the airline directly.
Here’s an example of an itinerary priced up 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 around 19,000 miles – that’s why I would probably credit to Aeroplan or Singapore Airlines (but those are personal choices and you should bear in mind that Singapore Airlines has recently devalued its KrisFlyer program).
A sub-$1,500 transatlantic Business Class is almost always a great deal and in this case there isn’t even the need for a long layover, an overnight stop or the need to out up with an angle-flat Business Class seat. What’s not to like?