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A little over a week ago, TAP Air Portugal launched a global sale in which it has been offering a variety of great Business Class fares from North America, the UK, Europe, South America & Africa. Today is the last day of the sale and with roundtrip fares starting at €299/$360 for travel intra-Europe and as low as $999 or €999 for transatlantic travel originating in the US/Europe, there are just hours left to snap up the best deals.
- All bookings must be made by 5 May 2021 (TODAY)
- Sale fares are valid for travel between now and 15 September 2021.
- No promotion code is required.
- All prices shown in this post are for roundtrip Business Class travel.
Flights Departing The United States
- Fly between the United States & Europe from $999
- Fly between the United States & Africa from $1,499
Flights Departing South America
- Fly between South America & Portugal from $1,199
- Fly between South America & Europe from $1,499
Flights Booked From The United Kingdom
- European cities to Portugal (exc. Spain) – from £299
- European cities to Portuguese Islands – from £399
- European cities to Spain – from £399
- European cities to Africa – from £1,289
- European cities to North America – from £999
- European cities to South America – from £1,289
Flights Booked From Mainland Europe
- European cities to Portugal (exc. Spain) – from €299
- European cities to Portuguese Islands – from €399
- European cities to Spain – from €399
- European cities to Africa – from €999
- European cities to North America – from €999
- European cities to South America – from €1,299
Things To Keep In Mind
The European Union has recently announced that travelers who have had both of their coronavirus vaccinations (using vaccines approved by the EU) will be allowed to travel from the US to Europe without the risk of quarantine this coming summer. That’s great news for anyone wanting to make the most of these fantastic fares but it doesn’t mean that anyone should be taking things for granted.
If there’s one thing that we should have all learned from the past year it’s that circumstances and policies can change very quickly so no one should be booking travel without being very aware of their rights (to cancel or to get a refund) and being aware of the policies of the airline they’re booking through. For reference, here’s a link to TAP’s current coronavirus policy.
Some of the long-haul fares that I’ve been seeing require an overnight layover in Portugal so If you’d like to see a bit of Portugal this would probably be a good opportunity. If, however, you’d prefer to get to your destination as soon as possible, make sure you choose your flights carefully.
If you’re booking one of TAP’s longer routes (e.g. a transatlantic route), the key to getting the very most out of your flight experience will be to try to book flights operated by TAP’s new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft which have a great Business Class cabin with excellent lie-flat seating.
On some of its longer routes (e.g. some routes to/from the US East Coast), TAP operates narrowbody aircraft (from the Airbus A320 family) whose Business Class cabin isn’t as good as the Business Class cabin on the A330-900neo. Depending on where you’re traveling to/from you may not be able to avoid the smaller aircraft but if you can, the A330-900neo is the aircraft to go for.
Make sure you get the best deal out of whatever fare you book by using a credit card that gives you a good return on your travel spending and, preferably, one that also comes with good travel protections.
The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) earns 5 points/dollar for spending made directly with airlines, the Business Platinum® Card from American Express (review) earns 5 points/dollar for flights booked through Amex Travel, while the Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending. Importantly, all three of these cards offer good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protection.
It’s worth noting that although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Card with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a less appealing option.
TAP Air Portugal’s excellent Business Class sale for travel to/from North America, Europe, the UK, Africa, and South America ends today and some of the deals that are still around are truly fantastic. Having said that, anyone considering booking one of these fares should first consider the current travel restrictions, and they should familiarize themselves with TAP’s cancellation/rebooking policy in the event that they decide not to travel.