Via Flyertalk comes this very interesting fare from Dublin – and possibly other places in Ireland – to Las Vegas this Summer.
£1,150 return, give or take, will get you from Dublin to Las Vegas in Business Class.
There are a few routing options available. You can route into London on Aer Lingus and connect to Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. Alternatively, you can fly directly to the US on an American carrier and then make a connection to get you to Las Vegas.
I was able to price Dublin to Las Vegas on British Airways at €1,547 on ba.com.
For British Airways routes, you should book at ba.com to avoid any booking fee. Virgin Atlantic options require you to book via a third party – try Expedia or Opodo – because the Virgin website does not accept Dublin as a starting point.
Remember that, from Las Vegas, you can pick up connections to California. Anything on American Airlines may be available as an Avios redemption or you could use Virgin Atlantic miles for Virgin America or Delta.
I don’t know how long these fares will be around – they may disappear as quickly as they appeared. It seems to be bookable until September-ish.
If you have never booked a fare like this before, I need to stress that you MUST travel to Ireland to take the first flight. Under no circumstances can you turn up at Heathrow and jump onto the second leg without first travelling to Dublin and coming back.
Remember that Virgin is currently offering double tier points and double miles on transatlantic routes. Meanwhile, Iberia has a generous promotion if you credit a business class flight on BA to Iberia Plus.
If you need a hotel, don’t forget this generous offer for the two InterContinental Alliance properties in Las Vegas.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.