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In North America, Aer Lingus flies to Dublin from Orlando, Boston, New York (JFK), Toronto, Chicago, Washington (IAD – starting May 1st) and San Francisco.
Finding Aer Lingus availability
The best place to search for Aer Lingus flights is on United.com. The AMAZING availability may be gone (I’m sure others, like myself, booked a few of those tickets) but there is STILL a good chunk of availability in both directions. I was able to find tons of economy class availability, but still some business class availability mostly from Boston and New York.
Here’s what I was able to find via Boston or JFK.
Booking Aer Lingus flights with miles
Aer Lingus is not currently part of an airline alliance, but has partnerships with United, British Airways and a few other airlines.
(SEE ALSO: Introduction to Air alliances)
So, unless you have Aer Lingus miles (unlikely probably for most of us), the 2 most likely miles you’d use to fly Aer Lingus are United miles and British Airways Avios.
On United, you’ll be charged the partner price of 30,000 miles one-way for Economy and 70,000 miles one-way for business class.
A much better deal is on British Airways. Because British Airways has a distance-based award chart, you’re charged based on the miles between your destinations.
This is why the Boston-Dublin route is the best one out there. Because it’s only 2993 flown miles, one-way is only 12,500 miles in Economy, or 25,000 miles one-way in Business Class
Keep in mind that there is an impending British Airways devaluation at the end of April, and any bookings after that will cost 37,500 miles in Business Claass from Boston – Dublin. Economy Class will still be 12,500 miles.
Booking Aer Lingus flights on British Airways
Aer Lingus flights do NOT show up on British Airways flights, so what I did was search for my flight using United’s website, and then call British Airways to book my seats. I used the number 1-800-247-9297 and the hold times were not bad.
I booked 2 seats one-way for 50,000 miles total and about $65 in fees.
What about you? Did you book any of the Aer Lingus flights to Dublin?