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Aer Lingus launches new Seattle route – and how to redeem Avios with minimal taxes

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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.

Seating

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.

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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.

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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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Comments

  1. Definitely Willie Walsh 3rd runway for LHR is at Dub now with that choice of TATL flights. Amazing choice now..lets hope he doesn’t equalise those taxes at some point!

  2. I tried looking for availability on avios.com and ba.com yesterday, but the Aer Lingus flights didn’t seem to show up on either. I tried the whole months of August and September, so I assume they’ve not been added yet?

  3. Do you know the reason for taxes being so low when you book by phone?

    I checked yesterday for three seats plus an infant from Dublin to Toronto return on avios.com, and came up with £508 plus 80,000 points, which isn’t bad considering a London to Toronto flight is around £300pp. Having read the earlier post on this, I then called BAEC, and sure enough – £253! (This was without the infant as the guy was having trouble, but that won’t add much to the cost)

    • Historical reasons. When all reward booking moves to Avios.com next June it will end.

      • That’s a known definite ? Includes EI and SA ? Hopefully, they will include the best of all the current sites.

        • Here’s hoping it’ll be able to cope with domestic connections better than the current site! Thankfully Avios.com staff are fairly decent. Will be a shame to lose these low-tax options though – also make it easier for Americans to book with their oodles of points!

    • dicksbits says:

      which month of the year was this? I can only find 100,000 points required and that’s OFF PEAK dates in May. Was it in the low season?

  4. Interested in this myself, does sounds a strange quirk, how long will this hack last?

  5. But, as some will be aware, you cannot book the new Philadelphia route for next Summer though Avios.com. I have now raised a formal complaint, as their argument is that AerLingus do not run this route.
    But, it is a wet lease, not code share, through ASL Airlines, and is a normal EI flight, as far as product, cabin crew AND REDEMPTIONS go. Even AerLingus have tweeted that seats should be available.
    Very frustrating and annoying.

    • That’s ludicrous. I wonder if there are other wet lease routes in EI’s name which do have AVIOS availability?

    • There are lots of Lingus routes run via ASL, have been for years, and this issue has never come up before AFAIK.

      • Well I’ve just tweeted Avios & EI to see if they can say which routes ASL operate on that you can redeem Avios for. I’m not expecting a useful answer.

  6. I heard you could find availability online through the United site and then book by phone

  7. Steve Jones says:

    Are the EI off peak dates applicable for reward flights booked through BAEC?
    Thanks

  8. Unable to find availability for Seattle flight in July, any idea how long it takes for new routes to show up on avois.com for redemption?

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