Meet “free” stopovers, your new best friend…
Flight deals are easier to find than ever, but do you know how to make the most of them? Airlines are turning layovers into perks via “free stopover” programs and TAP Portugal is one of the very best in the game. These stopovers allows anyone booking even the cheapest economy flights to build in a “free stopover” on the the way to or from their final destination, in whatever city the airline calls its hub home. In the case of TAP, it’s Lisbon. Here’s how to score flight deals from multiple U.S. cities to Dublin, with a free stopover in Portugal for up to five days on the way, or the way home.
Whenever you find a good fare from the US to an exciting European city on TAP, you can take advantage of the stopover program in Lisbon or Porto. Today, TAP Portugal has super low round trip flight deals to Dublin and that means you can spend as long as you want in Dublin, while also enjoying a side trip in Portugal for up to five days for no additional airfare. Of course, if you just want a super cheap flight to Dublin you don’t have to stopover any longer than a few hours. The best deals are available from New York or Boston, with Miami available for $100 more and also Chicago at similar prices.
Here’s the best way to book: find the lowest prices on the dates you’d like using Google Flights. Once you’ve found dates you’re happy to travel at these insane bargain prices, it’s time to pull up TAP’s official “TAP Stopover” website to customize your trip and build in the stopover of your choice either coming or going.
The Travel Dates
These deals are available in September, October, November and early December of 2019, which gives you plenty of time to play your epic (and cheap) European getaway. Europe in autumn is far less crowded and stunningly beautiful. Really, you can’t go wrong. These deals require a two to three night stay in Dublin, but that shouldn’t be too hard.
Here’s a link to the best prices from New York, Boston, Miami and Chicago on Google Flights. Plot your perfect Dublin trip and then figure out whether you want to stay in Portugal on the way, or on the way back. You’ll then plugin your ideal dates on the TAP Portugal Stopover website. It couldn’t be easier. Talk about an exciting way to travel…