After an almost 2-year hiatus, American Airlines is once again flying nonstop between its hub in Philadelphia (PHL) and the popular Portuguese capital of Lisbon (LIS).
After the route was originally launched, it proved popular among travelers looking to explore the coastal country on the Iberian Peninsula, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the airline to suspend flights.
Now that it’s returned, let’s take a look at the details of this exciting service resumption.
American’s Nonstop Philadelphia-Lisbon Flights
AA’s nonstop Philadelphia-Lisbon flights are operated by a Boeing 787-8 aircraft, the smallest wide-body jet in the airline’s fleet.
On board, you’ll find:
- 20 lie-flat business class seats
- 28 reclining premium economy seats
- 48 Main Cabin Extra seats
- 30 standard Main Cabin seats
The daily flights operate with the following schedule:
- Depart Philadelphia (PHL) 9:20 p.m — Arrive Lisbon (LIS) 9:05 a.m. (+1)
- Depart Lisbon (LIS) 11:05 a.m. — Arrive Philadelphia (PHL) 1:55 p.m.
How To Redeem Miles on This Route
Traditionally, using miles on this route has been somewhat difficult, mainly because of the smaller aircraft used and strong demand. That said, if you’re able to snag a seat, it will cost you 57,500 AAdvantage miles each way in business class and 20,000 each way in the economy cabin.
Cash fares on this flight can be a bit higher than for other European cities, thanks to the same reasons mentioned above.
Bottom Line: You may find it difficult to find award availability on American’s nonstop Philadelphia-Lisbon flights — and cash tickets may be more expensive than other destinations. For these reasons, we recommend booking your trip as far in advance as possible to maximize your savings.
In Philadelphia, eligible passengers can use the American Airlines Admiral’s Club. Soon, however, the new Flagship Lounge will open in Philadelphia. Once that happens, those seated in business class — as well as those who have Oneworld Sapphire status or higher — will be able to enjoy this elevated experience.
There is no dedicated American Airlines or Oneworld lounge in Lisbon, so AA’s business class passengers and other Oneworld elite members can access the ANA Lounge in Terminal 1.
Portugal Is a Great Place To Begin a European Adventure
Portugal is a great jumping-off point for the rest of Europe. Unlike in larger cities like London, Madrid, and Paris, Lisbon’s airport is relatively small and manageable. This makes it easy to fly in — on American, for example — and then choose among any number of low-cost carriers to get you to where you want to go across the continent. Lisbon doesn’t necessarily need to be your final destination to take advantage of this resumed service.
As travel demand comes back, airlines will continue to reconstruct their pre-pandemic route maps as much as possible. Lisbon was one of American’s more popular international destinations from its hub in Philadelphia, and the return of this flight will surely be welcomed by leisure travelers this summer.
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