Bits: Dublin Airport opens US preclearance lounge (with photos), South African Airways sale

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News in brief:

Dublin Airport opens a new US preclearance lounge

One benefit of booking an Avios redemption to the United States on Aer Lingus is the incredibly low taxes.  These are usually around £75 return in Business Class, compared to £500 on British Airways – see my Avios Redemption University article here.  Given the smart new Aer Lingus business class seating, you can see why a lot of people are happy to catch a connecting flight to Dublin and redeem from there.

51st Green Dublin Airport preclearance lounge

The 2nd reason is that you can clear US customs and immigration in Dublin. You land in the USA as a domestic passenger and can walk straight out of the airport without any delay.

Yesterday, a brand new airport lounge opened in Dublin – The 51st Green.

51st Green Dublin Airport preclearance lounge

It is located AFTER the US immigration desks and will give premium passengers on any airline heading to the US somewhere to wait during the final few minutes before boarding.  It may even improve punctuality as it will encourage passengers to pass through immigration earlier.  It isn’t clear if oneworld / BA status members will gain access if flying Economy on Aer Lingus or American Airlines.

A HFP reader was in Dublin yesterday and sent me the pictures used in this article – thanks Jeff.  Click on the images to enlarge them.

51st Green Dublin Airport preclearance lounge

South African Airways sale ends today

Whilst the latest British Airways sale finished last week, South African Airways has a few hours to go on its own Summer sale.  Here are the headline prices in Economy and Business – the Business fares are available over Christmas and New Year:

  • Johannesburg £512 / £2455
  • Cape Town £529 / £2472
  • Windhoek £530 / £2756
  • Durban £537 / £2699
  • Port Elizabeth £537 / £2670
  • East London £637 / £2832

amongst other destinations.  As a Star Alliance member, you can credit the miles from the flight to a number of loyalty schemes including Lufthansa’s Miles & More, SAS EuroBonus and United MileagePlus.

You can find out more on the SAA site here but, unless the sale gets extended, you need to book today.

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  1. What’s the latest on Aer Lingus Avios redemptions being visible/bookable via

  2. Brian says:

    I flew through Dublin this week to test out pre-clearance.
    The US immigration and customs service is excellent BUT:
    1. Why do you have to go through Irish immigration, completely unnecessary when firstly you are transferring and secondly you’re in the CTA. Particularly annoying when an entire Italian High school is in front of you.
    2. Two rounds of security scanning after going through Irish immigration ! Ludicrous. I’ve been through security at LHR. Interested to see what would happen if you bought duty free at LHR..

  3. Roisin says:

    Can you use One Time United Club passes to gain access to 51st & Green?

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