Deal alert: Fly to Portugal for $368 round-trip

Traveling to Europe can be expensive, but flying a carrier like TAP Air Portugal makes it more attainable, thanks to round-trip flights starting at $368 for travel this fall and winter.

Act fast because this deal isn’t projected to last for more than a day or two. 

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Deal basics

Airline: Tap Air Portugal.
Routes: New York City, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to Lisbon.
How to book: Search Google Flights then book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: This varies based on the originating airport. The best time for New York City-area flights is January to March. Washington, D.C.‘s most optimal prices have a longer season, from September to November and January to March. San Francisco prices dip from November to May.
Book by: ASAP. These deals aren’t projected to last more than one to two days.

(Photo by Matteo Colombo/Getty Images)

Sample flights

Figuring out how to get the best deal may be tricky, so we’re rounding up the best travel dates with the cheapest flights. 

The best flights in this deal depart from:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), starting at $368.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD), starting at $368.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), starting at $380.

You have ample options from both EWR and JFK airports in New York City. The Google Flights calendar allows you to view which dates have the lowest prices. Select your travel dates on the calendar once you have decided when you wish to travel.

google flights
(Screenshot from google.com)

All flight options for the travel criteria entered then pop up. Select the flight of your choice.

google flights
(Screenshot from google.com)

Then you’ll see the sites available to book through, and the cost of tickets through each of those sites. TAP Air Portugal’s website is the most expensive option but may be worth the cost in case anything goes wrong.

google flights
(Screenshot from google.com)

For the sake of this story, we chose the Discount fare available from TAP. This option only includes a meal and carry-on luggage. It will cost an extra $95 each way to check a bag and $45 each way to choose your seat, so if those things are important to you, you may want to consider other fare options to get the best deal for you.

To proceed, select your option and click “Book these flights now.”

TAP Air Portugal flights
(Screenshot from flytap.com)

Related: Deal alert: Late summer and fall trips to Puerto Rico for $250 or less

For those flying from San Francisco, note that routes are limited to a few times a month, but the deal is available at least four times a month from March to May.

Maximize your purchase

Using The Platinum Card® from American Express will get you 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. You will get 3 points per dollar on airfare when using the Citi Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve. Getting a good deal and getting rewarded is a nice bonus that you can gain by having the right travel cards. When paying for other travel-related expenses, using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card will get you 2 points per dollar spent.

Related: Maximize your airfare: The best credit cards for booking flights

Bottom line

We like the sound of ringing in the next season with a discounted trip to Portugal. Now may be the time to book if you agree. This deal won’t last long, and we don’t know when it will be back.

Featured photo by Sylvain Sonnet/Getty Images.

Deal alert: Fly to Portugal for $368 round-trip