TAP Air Portugal, a Star Alliance member, is expanding substantially in the USA and represents a continual source of reasonably-priced airfare.
TAP currently flies to Miami, Boston, Newark, and New York JFK. Next year it will add service to Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington IAD. The airline also recently took delivery of its first A330neo and will be operating these aircrafts on select flights to the USA starting next spring. Miami will be the first USA destination to receive A330neo service, as of March 01, 2019.
The new A330neos will have an excellent new business class seat:
But what makes TAP special is not its U.S. routes or even its new business class. Rather, it is its cheap one-way pricing from Europe. While low-cost-carriers have pioneered competitive one-way pricing, legacy airlines still resist. You’ll routinely see a one-way ticket to Europe more costly than a round-trip.
But not on TAP. Quite the contrary, TAP has incredibly reasonable one-way fares in both economy and business class. Take the new San Francisco route, for example. You can buy a one-way ticket from Oslo to San Francisco via Lisbon for as cheap as $1158
in business or $272 in economy class. Several gateways in Europe offer cheap one-way pricing:
If you want to use miles, TAP is bookable on a one-way basis through Aeroplan, Avianca, and United:
- Air Canada Aeroplan (55,000 miles)
- Avianca LifeMiles (63,000 miles)
- United MileagePlus (70,000 miles)
Note that Aeroplan no longer passes on fuel surcharges TAP, which used to run about $1,000USD r/t.
These cheap fares have been around for months. While I don’t expect them to dry up overnight or every fully disappear, I do except a slight price hike…maybe to $1500 one-way in business class. It’s not too early to plan summer vacation now for 2019. If you are thinking about a trip to Europe, consider using miles on the way out and this excellent TAP fare on the return.