Airline Ticket Information 1

Airline Ticket Information

See here all information about TAP tickets, fares and service fees.


Alterations and Cancellations 

At the moment, it is not possible to alter or cancel a booking on the TAP website. If you wish to do so, please contact your nearest TAP office.

We would like to remind you that alterations and cancellations are subject to the fare conditions of your booking. 

If you paid different fares for different legs of your journey, please note that the rules on alterations and cancellations apply per leg and may therefore be different.

Some fares may involve penalties for alterations or cancellations. They may even not be reimbursable and not allow alterations.

You can view the fare conditions on the purchase page when booking online before completing the purchase of your ticket. However, if you do not know your fare conditions or you are not sure, please contact your nearest TAP office.



E-Ticket (Electronic Ticket)

TAP only issues e-tickets. With an e-ticket, there is no waste of time, you do not have to go out of your way and there is no danger of losing your ticket.

An e-ticket does not involve any changes in booking or payment procedures. After planning your journey, you will be sent an e-mail confirming your booking and issuing your e-ticket.

Lost or stolen tickets

A hard-copy (paper) ticket that has been lost or stolen can be replaced provided that the passenger signs a TAP form taking responsibility for any fraudulent use of the lost or stolen ticket.

TAP tickets for domestic flights, i.e. flights in mainland Portugal and Madeira and the Azores cannot be replaced.

Service fees

European flights: EUR 100 (except to and from Spain: EUR 50)

Intercontinental flights: EUR 170

  • The fees charged are not reimbursable.
  • The fees are charged per case and not per passenger, i.e. a family is considered only one case.

Different ways to pay your tickets

For online bookings

For online bookings, the following credit cards can be used for payment:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Diners
  • UATP

The MBNet system is also available for Portugal. 

Debits are made immediately to the credit card indicated for payment.

Online bookings made less than 24 hours of the flight schedule, may not be accepted online. For more infomation, please contact TAP. 

Is it safe to use my card online?

This site has a sophisticated mechanism to detect and prevent possible fraud actions that allows:

  • to verify the authenticity of payments made online
  • to safeguard in simultaneous the integrity and security of the customer details
  • to protect their own identity.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Technology

The security offered is performed using Secure Socket Layer technology that is based on the encryption of the communication produced between your personal computer and our server to ensure the same cannot be intercepted.

As such, the airline has the right to refuse the carriage of passengers and luggage whenever a transaction is considered illicit or the purchase has been done through an agent who is not authorized by TAP Portugal.

Any and all activities considered as illegal, will be immediately reported to the competent authorities.

3D Secure

3D Secure is a communications protocol that was developed to improve payment security on the Internet and make it possible to verify the credit card holder at the bank that issues their card.

When making a payment at an online shop a process is activated which checks whether the card used is valid or not. If it is, the security systems incorporated in the 3D Secure protocol verify the customer's identity checking with the credit card company in real time. The company identifies the customer and informs the retailer's system that the card used for payment is legitimate.

The aim is to benefit all those involved by reducing the probability of fraudulent use of credit cards and improving transaction performance.

This protocol is used by Visa with the flag Verified By Visa and Mastercard with the Secure Code sign.


Whenever you book your flight via the Portuguese website you can now also pay via Multibanco ATM which provides an easy and convenient payment method at any Multibanco ATM or through your online banking service. This facility is now available for bookings made with a minimum 6 hour notice period before departure, if bookings are made via Flytap, or up to 24 hours before the flight if bookings are made via the TAP Victoria or TAP Corporate websites.

When you complete your booking the confirmation page will state all the information you need to make your payment via Multibanco:

  • Entity
  • Payment Reference
  • Total Amount

These details will also be sent to your email address. 

To make your payment, select the option Payment for Purchases on the Multibanco ATM or in the online banking service. Payment via Multibanco ATM is only available for debit cards issued in Portugal.

Flights with departures within 48 hours must be paid for within 3 hours. Flights with departures with a notice period of more than 48 hours must be paid for by 20.00 hours the following day. If the payment is not made by the deadlines stated, the booking will be cancelled automatically.

By providing this payment option via Multibanco (ATM) with a minimum notice period of 6 hours for bookings via Flytap and 24 hours for bookings via TAP Victoria and TAP Corporate sites, TAP Portugal is providing its customers the choice of paying either by credit card or via Multibanco (ATM).

Choose, buy and fly with TAP.

Ticket desks

In the case of payment at ticket desks, the following payment methods are acceptable:

  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and UATP)
  • Cash
  • Debit card (ATM Card)
  • Certified check.


The price of a trip depends on a number of factors and airline companies offer different types of ticket fares from the lowest priced and most restrictive to the highest price and least restrictive. 

Here are some tips for finding the cheapest fares:

  • Book in advance
    Very often, lower or special offer ticket fares can only be bought far in advance in relation to the respective departure date. By booking in advance you will find seats available at the best prices. The closer the booking date is to departure, less are your chances of finding the best ticket fares.
  • Night of Saturday to Sunday
    Try to spend the night of Saturday to Sunday at your chosen destination. Some of the lowest ticket fares have this restriction. 
  • Avoid travelling during the high season
    Seats sell out quickly during these periods of the year and the best ticket fares are the first to be sold. It is also common for there to be more sales during the low season as more seats are available.
  • Promotions
    Visit the TAP website regularly and subscribe to our Newsletter. This is one of the best ways to discover our more special sales offers at first hand.
  • Good Planning - Greater Savings
    Don't forget that the best ticket fares are more restrictive and require careful travel planning. Many of these ticket fares do not allow any alterations or reimbursement after the ticket has been issued and even when alterations are allowed these will be subject to penalties. 

Web Fares

Web Fares are only on sale via the TAP website.

You will not find these fares through any other sales outlet. The type of price is duly indicated during the booking process.

Resident Fares

TAP offers special rates for Portuguese citizens:

  • Residing for at least six months in Azores when travelling to the mainland and / or Madeira
  • Or residing in Madeira for trips to Azores.
  • Having a valid Employment Contract for at least a year.

Bookings for Residents must be booked separately from other types of passengers due to their specific special rates.

On the purchase page, before concluding the booking, Resident passengers must indicate their VAT number and ID card number as proof of residency in one of the Portuguese Islands.

For children and babies who do not have an ID card number or a VAT number, their parents ID card number and VAT number must be indicated instead.

The following documents must be presented at the time of the check-in:

  • VAT card
  • Identity Card/Passport
  • Employment Contract.

If you wish to purchase one of these special rates, select "Advanced Search" to make your booking.

These rates are only valid on routes between the continent and Horta, Pico and Santa Maria, and between Funchal and Ponta Delgada.

These rates are valid for one way tickets and, for double the price, for return tickets, and as such they are also sold from the continent. 

Student Fares

On some routes, TAP offers special fares for student passengers.

These fares are valid for:

  • Adult passengers and for roundtrip flights between the Azores and the mainland (and vice-versa)
  • Between the Azores and Madeira (and vice-versa). 
These special fares apply only for passengers aged between 12 and 26 years and for:
  • Students in Azores living in Portugal mainland or Madeira (flights from/to Funchal);
  • Students in Portugal mainland, living in Azores;
  • Students in Madeira (flights from/to Funchal) living in Azores.

Passengers will be requested to present their student certificate (PDF, 0.3Mb).

Bookings for students must be made separately from other types of passengers due to their specific rates.

On the purchase page, before concluding the booking, student passengers must indicate their VAT number and ID card number as proof of residency.

The following documents must be presented at the time of the check-in:

  • VAT card
  • Identity Card / Passport
  • Student Certificate.  

These rates are only valid on routes between the continent and Horta, Pico and Santa Maria, and between Funchal and Ponta Delgada.

These rates are valid for one way tickets and, for double the price, for return tickets, and as such they are also sold from the continent. 

Infant Fares

TAP offers special infant fares for passengers up to 23 months, who do not occupy a seat and must be accompanied by an adult. 

However, if the infant turns two years of age by the return date of the journey, the passenger cannot travel as an infant and must occupy a seat priced at a child fare for the entire journey.

In this case, for safety reasons a car type seat must be used on all flights in which the infant is not 2 years of age. The child must still be accompanied by an adult passenger.

Youth and Senior fares

On some routes, TAP offers special fares for Youth and Senior citizens.

Fares for Youth passengers are valid for passengers between 12 and 24 years of age. Fares for Senior citizens are valid for passengers 65 years of age or older.

Youth or Senior bookings must be made separately to other types of passengers due to the having different special conditions.

If you wish to purchase one of these fares, select the option "Advanced Search" to make your booking.

If there are no fares of this type for the route selected, you will be alerted by a message at the top of the page.


The following charges may be added to fares purchased:

  • Airport fees
  • fuel and security surcharges. 
  • Additional fees may be charged locally at airports. In some countries, a service charge is also applicable.

In the section "Price Breakdown" during the booking process, you can check the amount payable listed per passenger:

  • Ticket tariff
  • Fees
  • Surcharges. 
By clicking on "Taxes and other charges", you can see a list of all the charges applicable to your trip.