Correction: business class to Europe for 120K Marriott points

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Update: The chart provided by TAP Air Portugal already reflects the 50% discount on award rates. The wording on the promo page and labeling of the chart made it appear that the provided chart was displaying the high season prices before the promotion, but it is rather displaying prices after the discount. Thanks to readers Nun and Joe for pointing it out and my apologies for misunderstanding this one.

TAP Air Portugal is offering 50% off on all award redemptions when you book by January 31st for travel from February 1-22, 2019 or March 12-31, 2019. That means economy class is available for 13K miles one-way or business class can be booked for 25K miles one-way to Portugal (or 26,125 miles to Europe 1 or Europe 2) Update: Economy class is 26K one-way or business class is 50K one-way with this promotion. TAP Air Portugal is a Marriott Rewards transfer partner, so 60K 120K Marriott points would give you the the 25K 50K miles you need for a one-way business class flight to Portugal (or transfer a couple thousand more to get to the rest of Europe). While it is well known that TAP Air Portugal offers really cheap business class fares from Europe to the US, this could be a good deal for Marriott points — though the deal is not as good as it initially seemed.

I flew TAP Air Portugal’s business class from Lisbon to Boston in late 2017 and it was pretty nice.

The Deal

  • TAP Air Portugal is offering 50% off award redemption miles for flights between North America and Europe when you book by January 31, 2019 for travel during February and March (see valid dates under Key Details below)
  • Direct link to this promotion

Key Details

  • Book by January 31st, 2019
  • Travel window:
    • February 1-21, 2019
    • March 12-31, 2019
  • Only valid on TAP flights
  • Must book at milesandgo.flytap.com
  • Valid one-way or round trip
  • Refunds cost €80 for TAP Miles&Go Gold and TAP VISA Platinum clients; for TAP Miles&Go and TAP Miles&Go Silver clients, €80 for European flights, €120 for all other destinations (except Europe)
  • See promotion page linked under “The Deal” for full terms

Quick Thoughts

TAP Air Portugal offers business class flights from much of Scandinavia to the east coast of the US from the $600’s to $800’s one-way pretty regularly, but flights from the US to Europe are typically more expensive. Yet even at those cheap prices, using 60K Marriott points likely gives you better than 1c per point in value, which is a very good deal for Marriott points. Flying from the US to Europe is an better deal. Here is the award chart with North America highlighted — note that we have updated this post because this chart reflects the already discounted prices):

Remember that Marriott Rewards transfer 3:1 to TAP Air Portugal. When you transfer 60K Marriott points, you’ll get 5,000 bonus miles. In other words, 60K Marriott Rewards = 25K TAP Air Portugal miles.

I flew TAP Air Portugal business class in late 2017 (as shown in the picture above) and it was surprisingly nice. Service doesn’t match what you’ll get on some of the glitzier carriers, but it was better than I expected. They ran out of my entree selection, but the flight attendant was very apologetic and eventually found an extra one. The seat was very good and they had an interesting selection of Portuguese wines – I’d definitely fly them again.

TAP is also offering 50% off on purchasing miles and on cash & miles redemptions. See the rest of the details of the award chart with the discount already baked in) here.

H/T: Frequent Flyer Bonuses

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