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Aer Lingus resumes flights to Hartford, Connecticut

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Aer Lingus is to restart its daily service to Hartford, Connecticut from Dublin as it continues to rebuild its transatlantic network.

This follows the recent announcement of a brand new route to Cleveland, Ohio.

Flights will start on 26th March 2023. As with Cleveland, Aer Lingus will be the only airline operating a direct flight from the city to Europe.

Aer Lingus resumes flights to Hartford, Connecticut

Aer Lingus is now back to 16 transatlantic routes from Ireland, plus the three direct flights from Manchester.

Connecting flights are available from 11 UK airports – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds Bradford, Exeter, Newcastle.

As usual with Aer Lingus flights to the US, you can use US Immigration Pre-clearance in Dublin which allows you to arrive into the US like a domestic passenger, avoiding any lengthy immigration queues. My recent experience of doing this on an Aer Lingus flight to New York is in this review.

The Dublin-Hartford service will be operated by an Airbus A321neo. This is a single aisle aircraft, but still has fully flat beds in business class. My New York A321neo review shows how it works – I was, in general, impressed although clearly it isn’t a BA-style private suite.

Avios seats will be available, or you can book for cash on the Aer Lingus website here.

What is a hypercollector?

Our industry readers may be interested in the latest edition of ‘The Loyalty Podcast’, where I was the main guest.

The core theme was ‘hypercollectors’ with a focus on how you can use miles and points to attract people to try your product or service. Once you’ve done that, however, how do you retain them? Does this approach work better in some sectors than others? (Answer: yes)

As usual with the public speaking I do, it is probably more ‘open’ in terms of industry insights and war stories than you would get from someone representing a big company. You’ve got to put up with my Northern drawl but if you can get over that then it is an interesting 29 minutes.

You can listen here. Ignore the email sign-up box at the top of the page and scroll down.

Comments (32)

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  • RussellH says:

    I really like the idea of using BDL as a US gateway. It is probably small enough for immigration, were it to be necessary, to be reasonably civilised.
    Easy to drive away from, unlike BOS.
    Convenient for western Mass., VT and NH. Would certainly be my choice were I to return to New England at some time.

    • CamFlyer says:

      BDL is in same spirit as flying to PIT or CLE. It’s a very good move for EI, particularly leveraging US pre-clearance in DUB.

      • RussellH says:

        I had not remembered just how far north of Hartford the airport actually is – very close to the state line. I used to be in or near Springfield MA frequently many years ago and it was always referred to in Springfield as Hartford-Springfield Airport, or Bradley Field.

        But surely Pittsburgh and Cleveland are significantly bigger than even Hartford + Springfield combined. There does not seem to be a lot of connectivity out of BDL other than by car. Though parking seems cheap at $7 / day.

  • Andrew. says:

    Pre-clearance at Dublin then into DCA would be my fantasy route

  • ADS says:

    “As usual with Aer Lingus flights to the US, you CAN use US Immigration Pre-clearance in Dublin”

    It’s not so much CAN, as you MUST use pre clearance !

    You cannot board any US bound flight from Dublin without going through pre clearance – which means that you do need to allow plenty of time between your connecting flight into Dublin, and your onward flight to the US

  • Barry says:

    Trying t listen to the podcast but it keeps failing around the 11 minute mark….

  • andyl999 says:

    Concerning ICC cards, I have both € and € cards and I am able to move the points over to my Platinum Personal £ account. So I don’t understand why that doesn’t give me a 1:1 conversion rate?

    • Rob says:

      Because that’s how Amex has chosen to do it. It DOES make sense to them, because it is adjusting for the fact that the earn rates are 1 per £1, 1 per €1 and 1 per $1.

  • QFFlyer says:

    Interesting, I didn’t notice that about the ICCs. I only took the Plat out again a few months ago. Seems the Business IDC/IEC are still available, but only to UK residents and require a printed application form (like Diners Club used to), so definitely looks like they’re trying to discourage applications.

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