Good Aer Lingus sale deals, inc UK-US in Business for £1400

Aer Lingus has launched a raft of aggressive sales prices which may be worth a look.

(Remember that British Airways Executive Club Gold and Silver members get lounge access at Heathrow with Aer Lingus, and that flights earn a – very small – number of Avios.  No tier points though.)

UK to the USA in Business Class for £1,398 does not seem too bad, especially as you can usually clear US security in Ireland and thus avoid the immigration queue in the States.

Aer Lingus business class

UK departure points are Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Edinburgh and Bournemouth.  Available destinations are New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando.

Full details can be found here.  It is worth noting the long validity period – 19th August to 31st March 2014 – although you must book by July 22nd.  Economy tickets on the same routes from the UK are from £275.

Aer Lingus has also launched a ‘fly free’ promotion on short-haul routes, for flights between August and October.  Given the scale of their taxes and charges, you will certainly not be ‘flying for free’ at the end of the day, but the deals are probably OK.

My points bonanza from a one-off Holiday Inn Express stay!
Reminder: last date for Clubcard earning for August statements is July 20th
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Comments

  1. Martin says:

    Do all flights clear US Immigration in Dublin? If so, this looks to be a good deal.

    • sandgrounder says:

      No. All New York flights do, the rest are a mixed bag.

      • Martin says:

        Thanks sand grounder. I have seen the ‘this way to US Immigration’ sign at Dublin airport, and always wanted to use it!

  2. Andrew says:

    Don’t forget that the prices are one way, so really not THAT good a deal…

    • Not the Business Class fare to the US which are round trip. Also, if you check the fares on Travelocity or Lastminute.com you can sometimes find the J class to the US significantly cheaper than on the EI website.

      I’ve also been able to book these fares without a Saturday night stay – despite what the T&Cs say on the EI website.

  3. The Lady says:

    Aer Lingus’ Business Class longhaul seats are more like Premium Economy seats. When you add in the hassle factor and cost of getting to Dublin to start your journey and the fact that BA often has Business Class sale fares to New York direct for around the same prices, including full avios earning potential, you’d have to be very keen indeed to try Aer Lingus to make this your preferred routing, even at a discount.

    • Sir Stamford says:

      All your points are valid except for “cost of getting to Dublin to start your journey”.

      This is not an ex-EU fare. It is a UK to USA (via Dublin) all inclusive fare i.e. the cost of your return flight to/from Dublin from your UK departure point is included.

      Extra hassle/time – yes potentially but additional cost getting to Dublin – no.

      Sir Stamford

      • Plus for those leaving from outwith London no extra hassle either as we’d just have to connect in London anyway for BA 😉

    • Show me a premium economy seat that is lie flat and has 60″ pitch…..

      EI J class is streets ahead of premium economy. What’s more the food drink & service is way better than anything BA serve up in business these days.

  4. Using Aer Lingus Business class Avios redemption flights the week after next. Managed to get 4 on the same flight Dublin to Boston and back in the school holidays. My teenage daughters haven’t travelled business before and are very excited. DH and I have recently done BA Clubworld so I’ll let you know what we think when we get back. We are flying from Southampton so have an overnight in Dublin each way to allow for delays.