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Exceptional TAP business class sale from the UK (eg New York, San Francisco £999)

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This article is sponsored by TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has launched a week-long Business Class sale.

There are some excellent deals, with some of the lowest pricing I have ever seen to North America.  There are also good prices to Africa, Brazil and – if you want a bit more comfort for your short-haul flights – Portugal, the Azores and Spain.

Importantly, all of these offers are available for UK departures from either:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick or
  • Manchester

….. so you don’t need to start your trip outside the UK to get a good deal.

You need to book by 5th May for travel by 15th September.

You can find details on the TAP website here.

TAP Portugal business class sale

What deals are available?

Starting in the UK:

To North America:

  • Boston – £999
  • Chicago – £999
  • Miami – £999
  • Montreal – £999
  • New York – £999
  • San Francisco – £999
  • Toronto – £999
  • Washington – £999

You can also fly to Cancun.

To Africa:

  • from £1,289 (Praia, Sal, Sao Vicente, Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Conakry, Bissau, Sao Tome)

To Brazil:

  • from £1,289 (Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Maceio, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo)

To mainland Portugal:

  • £299 (Lisbon, Porto, Faro)

To the Portuguese Islands:

  • from £399 (Funchal, Terceira, Ponta Delgada)

To Spain:

  • from £399

The booking page is here.  It can be a little fiddly to find dates with sale pricing because the ‘my dates are flexible’ button only covers economy pricing.  However, it is a decent bet that the dates with the cheapest economy pricing may also have the cheapest business class pricing.

TAP Portugal business class sale

Starting elsewhere in Europe:

TAP has a very simple pricing structure for this sale.

Swap the £ signs above for € signs and you have the pricing from Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin etc.  This means that you could fly to New York for just €996 (£865) return from, say, Dublin.

Remember that, whilst you may get a cheaper flight if you start outside the UK:

  • you need to factor in the cost of getting to and from your starting city
  • you are taking an added risk in terms of covid travel requirements when you come to travel
  • you will be taking three flights in each direction on a long haul trip, when you also factor in the plane change in Lisbon

Personally, I wouldn’t bother if you live within easy reach of Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester.  If you live elsewhere with an easy connection to Dublin or Amsterdam you may think differently.

What can you do with the miles you earn?

TAP is part of Star Alliance.

You cannot credit your flights to British Airways Executive Club or Virgin Atlantic, neither of whom are in Star Alliance.  However, you can credit the miles to Lufthansa Miles & More or any other Star Alliance frequent flyer programme.

TAP is currently running an aggressive status match if you want to credit your flight to TAP’s Miles+Go programme – scroll down for details.

Our core article on ‘what is best Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme for you?’ is here.

What will I be flying?

TAP Portugal has been making a big push to grow market share over the last couple of years.

In terms of aircraft, it has recently taken delivery of a new fleet ofA320neo, A321neo and A330neo planes.   It is the first airline in the world to operate the A330neo and, overall, has one of the youngest fleets in the world.  You can find out more about the TAP neo fleet here.

An aggressive status match offer

TAP has been running a strong status match offer for the last few months.

For British Airways Executive Club members, this is what you can get:

Executive Club Gold = TAP Miles&Go Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Executive Club Silver = TAP Miles&Go Gold = Star Alliance Gold

Executive Club Bronze = TAP Miles&Go Silver = Star Alliance Silver

This is very generous if you have British Airways Silver status because TAP will match it to Miles+Go Gold.  This is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold, giving you status benefits not just on tap but across all 26 airlines in the alliance.

You can learn more about the TAP status match offer in this HfP article.

How to book

For UK departures, your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards GoldThis offers double Membership Rewards points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

For non-UK departures, you should use a card without any foreign exchange fees irrespective of its miles-earning potential.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency.  This is because the transaction should trigger the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

Remember that you need to book by 5th May for travel by 15th September.

You can find out more, and book, on this special page of the TAP website here.

Comments (80)

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  • Ed says:

    The risk in booking flights via 3rd countries is surely significant, especially if direct flights are available. You have to consider Uk-Portugal entry/exit rules, Uk-USA entry/exit rules, and Portugal/usa entry/exit rules.

  • John says:

    Cheap but risky! Wouldn’t chance it myself. Nice to see some of the risks highlighted in the comments – I understand why it’s not easy to call attention to these in a post that’s essentially an airline ad, but I do generally trust HfP to explain the downsides of ticket options like these given the complexities of travel right now.

  • Andrew says:

    When I’ve been doing LON to United States searches on Google Flights, TAP have been the headline (economy) price on most of the key cities – usually by a generous margin.

    It’s starting to feel a bit “Aaaardvark Plumbers” though.

  • Richie says:

    A330neo is nowt to brag about and not much better than a B777. You’d be better off in PE on A350, A380, B787 aircraft and get better cabin pressurisation to arrive feeling much better. Just another observation to add to the others on the list of don’t bother with this one. BTW I have connected at LIS on TP non-schengen to non-schengen flights and it was very easy.

    • Rui N. says:

      To say that PE is better than full (modern) biz class on a 6/7 hour flight because of pressurization is quite something… BTW, A380 has “standard” pressurization like the A330neo.

      • Richie says:

        It’s an opinion based on experience/ preference. If you have Airbus website links regarding A330 & A380 pressurisation, that’d be an interesting read.

  • Alastair says:

    Interesting post, glad it’s there, appreciate it, but it is customary for sponsored content to be labelled on the homepage, not just when a user has already clicked on the article.

    • Peter K says:

      No need to read the article though once you hit the page.

    • John says:

      I wonder if there is a page views or clickthrough target that they’re trying to hit.

      (I know it must be tricky BTW, a site like this needs to pay the bills and sponsored content is one way to do that. But in general I agree – ads should be labelled as ads.)

    • Rob says:

      You work for a proper newspaper though, Alastair, which we’re not 🙂

      Business Traveller has the same article, treated in the same way, except that ours is better written and more useful ….

      • Richie says:

        Business Traveller chooses economy photos to go in s business class story though.

  • ChrisC says:

    I flew with TAP to BOS in February 2019 on a very cheap deal – very limited booking window and travel window as well – around £ 750 in business class of which getting on for £275 was for the likes of APD, US transport tax and all the usual airport and other fees. So it was a great fare in terms of the TAP fare (advertised as something like 1/2 price fare plus taxes and fees and checking the price for a non offer period that was absolutely correct).

    The deal was only available on their website and didn’t show on google flights.

    I flew LHR-LIS-BOS-LIS-LGW. LGW wasn’t available on the outbound due to the schedule. I live in Brighton so that’s why I wanted LGW.

    LHR lounge was Lufthansa which is quite far from the gates they used in T2. UA lounge was opposite the gate but wasn’t open until (I checked the hours so was aware)

    Onboard product was good. Nice seat and IFE. Food very good but limited choice (cheese or ice cream for dessert for example)

    On the LIS-BOS Cabin crew were competent but not very engaging on the personal level and service was a bit slow to start. Well over 45 mins to even get a sniff of a drink after departing LIS. Quicker in the way back. Crew were more chatty on the short haul legs.

    Lounge in LIS was good. Bar staff available to make cocktails etc. Good selection of food. Lounge is in Schengen so need to clear passport control and security then passports only again when going back to non Schengen. In BOS they used the EI lounge.

    I was selected for secondary screening. No SSSS on the BP – so no advanced warning – staff had a list at the gate area that was checked before you could proceed into the gate area.

    Only real hiccup was the checkin agent at LHR wanted to see my ESTA! So despite me saying it was electronic she still wanted to see it. So at 4.00am there I was on the ESTA website on my phone to show her this thing that really doesn’t say much at all.

    TAP is a member of TSA Pre Check – it joined when I was in BOS and despite not giving them my GE number it still allowed me access to the Pre lane.

    All the service on board has likely changed by now though but all in all I had no issues with them.

    • Sukes says:

      Thks for posting this ChrisC, helpful to get a take on what it was like doin LHR-LIS-US on TAP. The fares being discussed today were also available about 6wks ago on Google Flights when searching SfO flights. Like many on this thread I won’t bite. I’m fairly relaxed on green/amber return rules, it is having no visibility on US entry (ie when current restrictions will lift and what new restrictions will be introduced) which stops me.

      • meta says:

        @ChrisC You could have used any Star Alliance lounge. Air Canada, Singapore Airlines. Both much better than the Lufthansa lounge.

  • Andy says:

    Considering how dreadful TAP has been at dealing with customer refunds, as I’ve unfortunately experienced first hand, I will never book a flight with them again. Not to mention how inconvenient it is to fly via Lisbon/Porto when direct flights are only slightly more expensive

  • cinereus says:

    Shame no option to MEX.

    • ChrisC says:

      Right under the list of US destinations

      “You can also fly to Cancun.”

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