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TAP Air Portugal Baggage Fees and Policy (and Tips to Cover the Expenses)

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TAP Air Portugal has quite a few different fare types, and the checked allowance depends on these fare types and the flight route.

TAP has a fairly standard checked and carry-on allowance for economy passengers but a generous allowance for Executive Class passengers, with 2 pieces of carry-on and up to 3 x 70 pound (32 kg) checked bags. Unfortunately, the additional carry-on does not apply to flights to/from North America.

TAP Air Portugal Carry-On Allowance

1 personal item: Free
Standard carry-on bag:

  • Economy: 1 Free
  • Executive Class: 2 Free*

* For flights to/from North America, Executive Class passengers may only bring 1 standard carry-on.

Size and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: 16 x 12 x 5 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm) and 4.4 pounds (2 kg)
  • Carry-On: and 22 x 16 x 8 inches (55 x 40 x 20 cm)* and 17 pounds (8 kg)*

*For flights to/from Venezuela and Brazil, passengers may bring a carry-on weighing up to 22 pounds (10kg).

If a passenger exceeds the permitted carry-on allowance, then they will be charged the applicable checked bag fee plus a gate handling fee of €70 (~$75) for European flights and €85/$106 for international flights.

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Passengers traveling with an infant may carry onboard infant food required for the flight and other indispensable items must be carried in the adult’s carry-on. A collapsible buggy may also be carried onboard.

Stroller Check Policy

  • Passengers may check a stroller, car seat, or basket. Infants are also permitted a 22 pound (10 kg) checked bag.

TAP Air Portugal Checked Baggage Allowance

Individual checked bags may not exceed maximum linear dimensions of 62 inches (158 cm). Checked bags for Executive or Top Executive fares may weigh up to 70 pounds (32 kg) per item and all other fares, no more than 50 pounds (23 kg).

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Fare TypeFlights Between Mainland Portugal and the IslandsFlights Between Europe and North Africa (Including Morocco) Intercontinental Flights
Top Executive2 items up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each
Executive2 items up to 70 pounds (32 kg) each
Plus2 items up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each1 item up to 50 pounds (23 kg)2 items up to 50 pounds (23 kg) each
Classic1 item up to 50 pounds (23 kg)
Basic1 item up to 50 pounds (23 kg)
Infants1 item up to 22 pounds (10 kg)

Passengers traveling on a MilesOnly or Miles&Cash ticket are only permitted 1 bag up to 50 pounds (23 kg) in economy class, or 2 bags each with a maximum weight of 70 pounds (32 kg) if traveling in Executive Class.

Additional Baggage Fees

Additional baggage can be pre-purchased at a cheaper rate at online check-in or at the airport for a higher rate.

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Hold BaggageFirst Piece up to 50 Pounds (23 kg) [Only for tap|discount Fare]Second Piece up to 50 Pounds (23 kg)Starting on the Third Piece, up to 50 Pounds (23 kg)
North Africa, Portugal, and SpainPre-purchase€30 ($39)€55 ($70)€75 ($95)
Online check-in€45 ($58)€65 ($83)€85 ($106)
Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, and U.K. Pre-purchase€39 ($51)€65 ($83)€80 ($100)
Online check-in€55 ($70)€75 ($95)€90 ($112)
Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, and SwedenPre-purchase€45 ($58)€69 ($88)€85 ($106)
Online check-in€60 ($77)€79 ($100)€95 ($118)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – High SeasonPre-purchase€120 ($149 )€160 ($199)€200 ($246)
Online check-in€150 ($185)€190 ($236)€230 ($282)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – Low SeasonPre-purchase€90 ($112)€130 ($162)€180 ($222)
Online check-in€120 ($149)€160 ($199)€210 ($257)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada, and EuropePre-purchase€75 ($95)€100 ($124)€160 ($199)
Online check-in€95 ($118)€120 ($149)€200 ($246)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada, and Africa, Israel and the Rest of the WorldPre-purchase€135 ($167)€150 ($185)€200 ($246)
Online check-in€155 ($191)€165 ($203)€240 ($294)

USD exchange rates may vary.

Excess Baggage Fees

The following excess baggage fees apply to all fare types excluding tap|discount fares and are excess charges for baggage within the free allowance.

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For Pieces Included in the Free AllowanceExcess Weight — From 50-70 Pounds (23-32 kg)Excess Size — Bigger Than 62 Inches (158 cm)Excess Weight and Size — From 50-70 Pounds (23-32 kg) and Bigger Than 62 Inches (158 cm)
North Africa, Portugal, and Spain€55 ($58)€55 ($58)€110 ($115)
Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Italy€60 ($63)€60 ($63)€105 ($110)
Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Sweden€65 ($68)€65 ($68)€130 ($137)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – High Season€150 ($185)€150 ($185)€300 ($370)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – Low Season€120 ($149)€120 ($149)€240 ($298)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada, and Europe €130 ($161)€130 ($161)€260 ($322)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada and Africa, Israel, and Rest of the World  €160 ($197) €160 ($197) €320 ($394)

USD exchange rates may vary.

The following excess baggage fees apply to additional baggage outside of the free allowance.

 

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Excess Weight for Extra BaggageExcess Weight — From 50-70 Pounds (23-32 kg)Excess Size — Bigger Than 62 Inches (158 cm)Excess Weight and Size — From 50-70 Pounds (23-32 kg) and Bigger Than 62 Inches (158 cm)
tap|discount only on first piece of baggageAll TAP products and second piece of baggage tap|discounttap|discount only on first piece of baggageAll TAP products and second piece of baggage tap|discounttap|discount only on first piece of baggageAll TAP products and 2nd piece of baggage tap|discount
North Africa, Portugal, and Spain€100 ($105)€140 ($147)€100 ($105)€140 ($147)€155 ($163)€195 ($205)
Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, and U.K.€95 ($120)€135 ($149)€115 ($120)€150 ($157)€175 ($184)€210 ($221)
Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Sweden€125 ($132)€160 ($168)€125 ($131)€160 ($168)€190 ($200)€225 ($237)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada, and Europe €225 ($279)€330 ($406)€160 ($191)€310 ($360)€355 ($440)€460 ($570)
Intercontinental Flights: Between Brazil, U.S./Canada and Africa, Israel, and Rest of the World €315 ($388)€400 ($491)€315 ($388)€400 ($491)€475 ($585)€560 ($688)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – High Season€300 ($370)€380 ($467)€300 ($370)€380 ($467)€450 ($555)€530 ($652)
Between Middle East Africa (Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, São Tomé, Senegal, and Principe) and Europe – Low Season€240 ($298)€330 ($406)€240 ($298)€330 ($406)€360 ($447)€450 ($555)

USD exchange rates may vary.

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to TAP Air Portugal’s policy.

Can I Pre-Pay for Baggage?

TAP Air Portugal does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay luggage online for a discounted rate up to the point of online check-in. Passengers can also pre-pay baggage when checking in, but baggage will be charged at a higher rate.

To pre-pay, log-in to your booking and add the number of bags that you would like to purchase.

Exclusions and Waivers

TAP Miles&Go Gold or Star Alliance Gold: 1 additional 50 pound (23 kg) bag in economy and 1 additional 70 pound (32 kg) bag in business class

TAP Platinum Card: 1 additional 50 pound (23 kg) bag in economy or business class


To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.

The information regarding the TAP Platinum Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TAP Portugal include baggage?

TAP Air Portugal includes baggage with all its fares. 1-3 pieces are included depending on the fare type and the route. See the table above for more information.

What is the baggage allowance for TAP Portugal?

TAP Air Portugal’s baggage allowance is:

  • Flights between Mainland Portugal and the Islands and flights between Europe and North Africa:
    • Top Executive and Executive: 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags
    • Plus: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags (1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag for flights between Europe and North Africa)
    • Classic and Basic: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag
  • Intercontinental flights:
    • Top Executive and Executive: 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags
    • Plus: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags
    • Classic and Basic: 1 x 50 pound (23 kg) bag

Does TAP check carry-on weight?

As with any airline, TAP Air Portugal has size restrictions for carry-on luggage to ensure cabin safety. They are likely to measure or weigh your bag if it appears to exceed the maximum dimensions or weight, so you must be prepared to check the piece if it does not adhere to the applicable size.

What is the hand luggage allowance on TAP flights?

TAP Air Portugal’s carry-on allowance is 1 personal item across all fare types, that can measure up to 16 x 12 x 5 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm) and weigh up to 4.5 pounds (2 kg).

For economy passengers, 1 piece of standard carry-on is permitted and 2 pieces for Executive Class that can measure up to 22 x 16 x 8 inches (55 x 40 x 20 cm) and can weigh up to 17.5 pounds (8 kg).

Does TAP Air Portugal charge for checked baggage?

TAP Air Portugal includes 1-3 pieces of checked luggage in the free allowance depending on the fare type and route. Additional luggage is available to purchase for a fee.

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