Yes, two Aer Lingus articles in one day! But we have a good excuse.
Aer Lingus announced a new route from Dublin to Seattle on Friday. This offers a new way to spend your Avios points and a new way of getting to the US without paying heavy taxes and charges.
The Seattle service will start on 18th May and operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Unlike the new Philadelphia route, this service will use one of the new Airbus A330 aircraft with the impressive Aer Lingus 1-2-1 business class seating. Anika’s review of this seat should run on Monday.
Aer Lingus will now be running the following long-haul services next Summer from Dublin:
- Miami (3 per week)
- New York (21 per week)
- Boston (14 per week)
- Chicago (14 per week)
- San Francisco (7 per week)
- Orlando (4 per week)
- Philadelphia (4 per week)
- Toronto (7 per week)
- Washington (7 per week)
- Los Angeles (7 per week)
- Hartford (7 per week)
Seattle flights are already available for purchase at aerlingus.com.
How to redeem Avios for Aer Lingus
I covered this earlier in the week in the first of Anika’s review series, but I thought it was worth running through it again here.
It used to be the case that Aer Lingus seats could only be booked with Avios via a telephone call to British Airways Executive Club, with no way of checking availability online.
This changed in December 2016, when Aer Lingus reward availability was loaded into avios.com.
At the same time, Aer Lingus introduced peak and off-peak pricing. The list of peak dates does NOT match the British Airways list of peak dates. You can see the Aer Lingus 2018 peak and off-peak calendar here (the BA and Iberia calendars are here).
Taxes are very low when redeeming Avios for Aer Lingus long-haul flights. Avios has still found a way to make it confusing, however.
There are now TWO ways of booking a redemption on Aer Lingus:
Option 1 is to use avios.com. You can book online and you get the widest choice of dates. You will pay around £200 in taxes and charges for a long-haul flight from Dublin to North America.
Option 2 is to use ba.com. You cannot book online, only by telephone. Anecdotally, there is less availability than you see via avios.com, and you cannot check availability online before you ring. However, you will only pay around £75 in taxes and charges for a long-haul flight from Dublin to North America.
Remember that these taxes figures assume you start your trip from Dublin. If you add in a connection from the UK on the same ticket then you will be hit for long-haul Air Passenger Duty of over £100. You will probably want to buy or redeem for a separate connecting ticket to Dublin, although you should try to stick with Aer Lingus as they will be more inclined to help if your inbound flight is delayed.
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