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