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.
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.
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.
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.