TAM and TAP Portugal, member of the Star Alliance, will initiate an operating agreement on September 1 for codeshare flights. Direct flights leaving Rio, Brasilia and Sao Paulo for Lisbon and Porto, with connections to Faro, Funchal and Porto Santo, are already on sale.
The partnership will make it possible to offer several options for direct flights between Brazil and Portugal, which are already on sale in the TAM reservations system under code JJ.
The agreement links together the TAM Fidelity program and the TAP Victory program, allowing customers of both companies to accumulate and use points for any flight by either one.
Through the agreement, TAM passengers can purchase tickets for TAP flights between Brazil and Portugal leaving Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and São Paulo for Lisbon and Porto, with the possibility of connecting flights to the Portuguese cities of Faro, Funchal and Porto Santo.
Airport check-in counters for the two companies have already begun accepting electronic tickets (Interline Electronic Ticket - IET) issued by either company, offering passengers the convenience of receiving a single ticket for each part of a trip. The system allows for more passenger security. Passengers will just need to show an ID and their ticket number when checking in to receive a boarding pass for all portions of the trip.
In addition to ensuring more convenient connections in Brazil and Portugal with the synergy of the two airline networks, the alliance between TAM and TAP offers individualized services, such as direct transfer of baggage to the final destination, and reserved seats in advance. TAM Fidelity program customers in the red and blue categories will have access to Tap’s VIP lounges in Portugal, and will also be allowed an extra piece of luggage (or 20 kilos in terms of weight). TAM passengers flying in Executive Class can also visit VIP lounges when taking JJ* flights flown by TAP.