TAP Air Portugal opens two new routes to Washington and Chicago

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Good news from the Star Alliance… and therefore for Aeroplan members: TAP Air Portugal has announced the opening of two new routes to Washington and Chicago.

2 new routes to Europe from Washington and Chicago

TAP Air Portugal is part of the Star Alliance. It is therefore possible to book award tickets with Aeroplan miles on this airline… and since a few months, there is no more carrier surcharge on this airline!

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TAP Air Portugal – Credit: BriYYZ

It is therefore good news that the Portuguese company is opening new routes between Lisbon and North American cities.

Washington – Lisbon on TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal will connect Lisbon to Washington DC 5 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) starting June 16, 2019:

Origin Destination Departure Arrival
Lisbon Washington 16:30 19:40
Washington Lisbon 22:40 10:50 (+1)

It is interesting to see that the flight from Washington will leave late in the evening, which leaves good opportunities for connections from Canada.

For example, here is the fare for this flight (one-way economy) on Aeroplan:

iad lis eco

The American Express® Gold Rewards Card provides 25,000 Membership Rewards points transferable into 25,000 Aeroplan Miles. With the expenses required ($1,500) to reach the bonus, you could afford this one-way ticket.

And in business:

iad lis business

Chicago – Lisbon on TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal will connect Lisbon to Chicago 5 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) starting June 1, 2019:

Origin Destination Departure Arrival
Lisbon Chicago 13:05 16:05
Chicago Lisbon 18:05 07:50 (+1)

This flight leaves Chicago earlier than the one from Washington, which is more difficult for a connection from Canada, especially Montreal. On the other hand, it is a good opportunity to connect from Western Canada such as Vancouver / Calgary.

For example, here is the fare for this flight (one-way economy) on Aeroplan:

ord lis eco

And in business:

ord lis business

Destinations served by TAP Air Portugal in North America

TAP Air Portugal is expanding in North America, thanks in particular to its new A330-900neo aircraft that are gradually entering service. It was the first company in the world to receive this type of new generation aircraft.

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Credit: AIRBUS

Shortly before the announcement of these new routes, TAP Air Portugal had announced the opening of San Francisco during 2019.

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Bottom Line

The advantage of TAP Air Portugal: many seats are available on Aeroplan, whether in economy or business. This is a great opportunity to use your Aeroplan Miles! This opens up new possibilities for a mini-tour of the world for example!

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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