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Tap airlines cheap flights to Europe

Just playing around with google flights and I see TAP airlines popping up as the low cost leader for some routes. For instance San Francisco to Frankfurt rt at 390 and even a cheaper SF to Frankfurt return Zurich to SF for the low 300's rt. This was on some August/September days. Downside is 7 hour layovers in Lisbon on the way there, and an overnight layover in Lisbon on the way back. Also, this is with limited baggage of 8 kgs plus a small carryon. Kind of reminds me of Norwegian but with longer layovers. I read some reviews about TAP and most of the complaints have to do with cancelled flights and returning money, much having to do with COVID era travel problems. Wondering what they're like in normal travel circumstances.

Posted by
1914 posts

I'm not sure I would say that spending a night in Lisbon is a downside.

Posted by
377 posts

Be very careful of TAP. There are people (like me) that are still waiting on refunds from a year ago. The planes and air crews are great but customer service sucks. The meals that I had were also very good. If you have the time take advantage of their extended layover in Lisbon even for a day.

Posted by
25126 posts

Wondering what they're like in normal travel circumstances.

When do you think we will be out of the cancellations and frequent changes and re-emerging into normal travel circumstances again?

Posted by
4557 posts

No one knows what the situation will be like in the summer, but I would aim for direct flights or change in America as a precaution.

TAP have never had a great reputation compared to other airlines, so wouldn’t be my choice. I wouldn’t want a 7 hour layover on the way out.

Posted by
1260 posts

Under “normal” circumstances, I would say it is a question of valuing your money or time more. My twenty something son will do flights I won’t do to save money.

But for right now, I would not try to save money by adding unnecessary stops. The chances of things going sour in my view are too high to risk.

Posted by
6115 posts

Very sage response, Beth. That makes a lot of sense.