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Update 1 March: TAP has just confirmed that this sale has been extended through 5 March 2021.
TAP Air Portugal has just launched a new global sale that sees it offering great Business Class fares from North America, the UK, Europe, South America & Africa. Roundtrip prices start at €299 (intra-Europe) and can be as low as €999 for transatlantic travel.
- The sale launched on 24 February 2021.
- All bookings must be made by
2 March 20215 March 2021.
- Sale fares are valid for travel between 12 April and 30 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 $1,499
Flights Departing South America
- Fly between South America & Europe from $1,569
Flights Booked From The United Kingdom
- European cities to Portugal (exc. Spain) – from £299
- European cities to Portuguese Islands, Spain, and Morocco (exc. Spain) – from £399
- European cities to Mid-Haul Africa – from £890
- European cities to North America – from £890
- European cities to South America – from £1,129
Flights Booked From Mainland Europe
- European cities to Portugal (exc. Spain) – from €299
- European cities to Portuguese Islands, Spain, and Morocco (exc. Spain) – from €399
- European cities to Mid-Haul Africa – from €999
- European cities to North America – from €999
- European cities to South America – from €1,299
Things To Keep In Mind
All of TAP’s flights route through Portugal (unsurprisingly) and as things stand, there are a LOT of restrictions on travel to/from/through Portugal. There’s a high likelihood that whatever country you’re in right now has some kind of restriction on travel to or from Portugal.
In the short-term, this is clearly a big issue and I strongly discourage anyone booking fares for travel in the early weeks of this sale (unless you absolutely have to travel and know that you’ll be allowed into your destination).
Having said that, the current restrictions aren’t going to be with us forever so as long as you’re comfortable with TAP’s cancellation/rebooking policy and you’re happy that it’s safe for you to travel, a booking for later this year is probably worth considering.
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, be careful what flights you choose.
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 new Business Class cabin.
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 is nowhere near 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 and the Business Platinum Card from American Express both earn 5 points/dollar for spending made directly with airlines, 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.
The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and 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 has launched a 7-day Business Class sale for travel to/from North America, Europe, the UK, Africa, and South America. Some of the deals on offer are truly fantastic but 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.