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Is there any way to use Amex points with Air Portugal (TAP)?

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  • lazymanc

    Hi, does anyone know if it’s possible to convert AMEX points to use with Air Portugal? We want to fly from Manchester to Lisbon and they’re the main airline.

    memesweeper

    TAP are in Star Alliance.

    Transfer Amex points to a partner and book through the partner.

    https://www.flytap.com/en-gb/miles-and-go/partners/star-alliance

    This is risky as availability can change or disappear as you make the transfer. Also check the fees and charges, it’s up to the airline you book through, not TAP, to set these. They may be unfavourable for short haul.

    AJA

    The other route I can think of is Amex MR to Marriott Bonvoy to TAP Miles & Go

    Marriott transfer to TAP at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred to Miles&Go. That means that instead of getting 20,000 miles after transferring 60,000 Marriott points to TAP, you’ll end up with 25,000 miles.

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    memesweeper

    The other route I can think of is Amex MR to Marriott Bonvoy to TAP Miles & Go

    Marriott transfer to TAP at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred to Miles&Go. That means that instead of getting 20,000 miles after transferring 60,000 Marriott points to TAP, you’ll end up with 25,000 miles.

    Very true! Bear in mind the Amex to Marriott rate isn’t what it once was, so your Amex -> Marriott -> TAP Is likely to loose some value. To get the 25k TAP you need 40k MR (which is £320 in Sainsburys etc). Going to SAS or another partner might work out better.

    Rob
    HfP Staff

    In general (with the exception of United Airlines) BA is the only major airline to offer cheap short haul redemptions. Or, more accurately, fairly priced short haul redemptions. You will always struggle to get value for points vs cash using airline miles for short haul unless you’re booking with Avios.

    At peak times it can work, of course, but day to day it’s tricky.

    lazymanc

    Thanks for the advice – I think we’ll save the points for a long haul flight.

    harley

    My advice, dont use tap at all. If anything goes wrong with your flight then good luck getting them to sort it. Customer service is worst i have ever experienced, they also have no understanding of ec2161. Save your MR for something else

    doctorbee

    The other route I can think of is Amex MR to Marriott Bonvoy to TAP Miles & Go

    Marriott transfer to TAP at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred to Miles&Go. That means that instead of getting 20,000 miles after transferring 60,000 Marriott points to TAP, you’ll end up with 25,000 miles.

    Beware of using this route. I transferred a handful of points from Marriott to Tap Air and they have just disappeared. Neither Marriott nor Tap are willing to do anything about it and blame each other for the disappearing points/miles.
    I see The Points Guy blogged about this also.

    Blair Waldorf Salad

    My advice, dont use tap at all. If anything goes wrong with your flight then good luck getting them to sort it. Customer service is worst i have ever experienced, they also have no understanding of ec2161. Save your MR for something else

    Seconded. I do use them, but make my bookings via Amex Travel so I don’t have to deal with TAP

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