TAP Express business class experience

Old Mar 19, 18, 7:15 am
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TAP Express business class experience

Iíve got a few upcoming flights on TAP Express op by Portugalia. For one of the flights choosing Business class was a no brainer (itís cheaper than Economy Classic), for the others Iím thinking about upgrading. Unfortunately I havenít been able to find any reviews (only mainline).
What is the business class experience on a Portugalia ERJ 190 like? Same low standard as on most intra-EU flights like the blocked neighboring seat, hot food and booze or do they manage to offer even less?
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Old Mar 20, 18, 1:19 am
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Originally Posted by frogster View Post
I’ve got a few upcoming flights on TAP Express op by Portugalia. For one of the flights choosing Business class was a no brainer (it’s cheaper than Economy Classic), for the others I’m thinking about upgrading. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any reviews (only mainline).
What is the business class experience on a Portugalia ERJ 190 like? Same low standard as on most intra-EU flights like the blocked neighboring seat, hot food and booze or do they manage to offer even less?
You'll be sitting in the first rows of seats, and probably blissfully unaware that you are getting any special treatment. There's no guarantee the neighbouring seat will be kept free: if the flight's busy, it won't be. The meal service isn't designed to overwhelm, though it will be a notch up from what people seated behind you are getting. They'll be more generous with the booze, if that's a consolation.

Difficult to place a value on it. Unless you need the points/baggage allowance, or you've already got STAR status for whatever frills you can generate, then the business-class experience can't be worth more than the low tens of euros. I'd give EUR10
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Old Mar 20, 18, 3:32 am
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You'll be sitting in the first rows of seats, and probably blissfully unaware that you are getting any special treatment. There's no guarantee the neighbouring seat will be kept free: if the flight's busy, it won't be. The meal service isn't designed to overwhelm, though it will be a notch up from what people seated behind you are getting. They'll be more generous with the booze, if that's a consolation.

Difficult to place a value on it. Unless you need the points/baggage allowance, or you've already got STAR status for whatever frills you can generate, then the business-class experience can't be worth more than the low tens of euros. I'd give EUR10
I'm a *G so most of the "perks" I receive in the back as well. If they don't even do seat blocking, 10-20 Euros for a 3 hour flight sounds about right - perhaps a bit more depending on the miles I'd receive.
Today the price difference is up to 220 Euros (travelling with my SO, meaning 440 for 2 tickets) there's no way I'd consider paying that much more for no discernible difference in the product...
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Today the price difference is up to 220 Euros (travelling with my SO, meaning 440 for 2 tickets) there's no way I'd consider paying that much more for no discernible difference in the product...
Yikes! that would be a silly price to pay! I'm guessing TP expects to sell business-class seats on those services on married sectors connecting through Lisbon to/from Brasil etc
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