When booking our holiday to Portugal, I spent quite some time researching airlines to find the best deals on flights to Lisbon.
Prices varied depending on the times and dates of flights and I wanted to make the most of our short break, so booked an early 6am flight so we could make the most of the first day of our break.
The cheapest deals were with TAP Air Portugal, who were also offering 9% cashback on Top Cashback, so I saved both ways. Hand luggage was free but I did pay extra for one large case for Hubby and I which added an extra £40 each way to our flights.
I was concerned how the kids would react to such an early start, so we made the decision to book into a Travelodge near the airport the night before. Sadly, there were what could only be described as hoards of teens on our floor, who insisted on racing around the halls until the early hours of the morning, which meant that Hubby and I didn’t get much sleep.
I have used Holiday Extra’s for parking on a number of occasions now, as they have access to the best deals, and found that our parking location was less than a mile from our hotel. We unloaded the kids and our luggage from the car and hopped on the handy minibus which took us on the final journey to the airport.
Check-in at 4am in the morning was surprisingly painless as it was so quiet and we were soon eating breakfast in the departure lounge, before boarding our plane.
TAP Air Portugal is the most comfortable budget airline I have ever flown with. Not only was there lots of leg room, but the seats were Recaro designed and very comfortable.
Each one came with a handy tablet holder on the headrest in front of you and USB port so you could charge your phone / iPad.
With budget airlines, you normally have to pay extra for food and drink, but breakfast and refreshments were included on our flight too which was a lovely surprise.
The flight from Heathrow to Lisbon was just 2.5 hours, so perfect for travelling with young children and with it being still early in the morning, the airport was quiet so we got through immigration nice and speedily.
Martinhal Resorts arranged our transfers for us and we were greeted in arrivals by a friendly taxi driver in a huge 7-seater Mercedes who even provided car seats for the kids to sit in!
The driver happily chatted to us and the kids as we drove the 30 minute drive to Cacais, where we were staying, and pointed out various landmarks and their famous football stadiums along the way.
We arrived at our hotel by 10am, meaning the early start was well worth it and we could start our holiday straight away.
Find out where we stayed and what we got up to in Lisbon by following the links below: