TAP Air Portugal Business Class IAD-LIS

Updated June 23, 2020.

My sweet husband and I recently had a lot of “first” travel experiences: first time to Morocco, first time to Africa (for me!), first time glamping, first time in the Sahara Desert, and… first time flying TAP Air Portugal—in business class! Our Airline Loyalty with United gives us Gold status with the whole Star Alliance, which includes TAP. And we actually got an incredible deal to fly in business class using our United miles! Here’s our experience and a review of the flight!

The Flight

This was our first trip with TAP Air Portugal, and actually, this non-stop route was just introduced in June 2019. United also started a non-stop flight on this route this past summer, so we might take another flight to Lisbon in the future!

  • Route: IAD (Washington-Dulles) to LIS (Lisbon, Portugal) on TP 232
  • Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
  • Flight Time: The flight from IAD to LIS was scheduled for 7 hours and 10 minutes. The departure time for this flight was 10:30pm and arrival at 10:40am.

The Seats

The seats were quite comfortable, which is everything that matters on a long-haul flight whether you’re in Business or Economy. The Business Class seats on this TAP Portugal Flight do lay flat, which is my only hope of sleeping in-flight!

Seat Configuration

My only issue with these seats is that you cannot control one section of the seat, like the foot rest. The controls effect the position of the whole seat, which made the seat feel awkward when I wanted to recline a bit while the tray table was out. I know, first-world problems, my friends.

Seat Controls
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Amenities & Entertainment

One of the best perks of flying Business (especially on points!) is the amenities. We got a cushier blanket than we would get in Economy, a larger and fluffier pillow, and a toothbrush. I love when someone else gives me a toothbrush so I don’t have to pack one!

Large Pillow and Cozy Blanket

Amenities Kit

This is my favorite part of flying Business. It’s like a little present at my seat!

Very cute amenities kit bag.
Fun socks! Toothbrush and toothpaste, pen, comb, scented garment sachet, lotion. Notably absent is a lip balm, which is the one thing besides a toothbrush that I always need in-flight.
Eyemask: it was in the bag but didn’t make the first picture!

Entertainment Options

TAP Air Portugal offered an assortment of new releases and older movies as well. I mostly watched the map when I wasn’t sleeping, though!

Plenty of entertainment options!

The Food

The food was okay, but in all honesty, it was only a little tastier and larger than what I would have expected in Economy on any airline.

Pre-flight Snack: Trail Mix and Water


The flight was a late one for us, so we made sure to eat in the lounge at Dulles before our flight. Good thing since dinner was a little weak!

The Dinner Menu
My Meal: Fruit, pretzel roll, carrot soup bowl (I am allergic to carrot juice, so I requested not to have the soup!), butter, vegetables, chicken, and potatoes
Steve’s Meal: Fruit, roll, carrot soup, cod with Thai mushroom sauce, purple potatoes, roasted potatoes, and veggies
An unexpected delight: a chocolate after dinner!


Well, apparently I was sleeping so soundly, the flight attendant tried to wake me twice for breakfast and I wouldn’t wake up! I guess I really needed the sleep, huh? Honestly I don’t think I missed much. The sleep was definitely the better option!

The Service

The flight attendants were quite kind and attentive without hovering. I do appreciate kind service, and you don’t always find that on every airline!

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Overall, I would say that United’s Polaris Business Class is objectively better than TAP Air Portugal, but I would fly with TAP again. What do you think?

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2 responses to “TAP Air Portugal Business Class IAD-LIS”

  1. Great job Whitney! This blog was very helpful. My husband and I and our two friends are flying TAP in September on our way to Barcelona to take a Western Meditteranian cruise.

    1. quickwhittravel Avatar

      I’m so glad this was helpful, and I hope you have so much fun on your cruise!

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