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Aer Lingus launches two new US cities, bookable with Avios

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Aer Lingus has announced a brand new route to the United States as well as re-launching a second.

Both routes will commence operations next summer and are from Dublin.

Flights to Denver, Colorado will begin on 17th May 2024. This is a new route for Aer Lingus and will operate four times a week – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – under the following schedule:

  • EI59 departs Dublin at 4:15pm and arrives in Denver at 7pm
  • EI60 departs Denver at 8:45pm and arrives in Dublin at 12:30pm the following day
Aer Lingus launches two new US cities

Aer Lingus will also resume flights to Minneapolis – St Paul. The route will resume on 29th April 2024 starting as a four-weekly service before increasing to daily from October 2024. Initially flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays:

  • EI89 departs Dublin at 2:20pm and arrives in Minneapolis at 4:55pm
  • EI88 departs Minneapolis at 6:45pm and arrives in Dublin at 8:25am the following morning.

Both routes will initially be served with wide-body Airbus A330s, although Minneapolis will be down-gauged to a single-aisle Airbus A321XLR once additional aircraft arrive in Winter 2024. Rob and I have reviewed both aircraft:

Whilst Aer Lingus doesn’t give any guarantees over Avios availability, and it is often very hard to find premium seats on prime US routes such as New York, there is often more availability to secondary cities.

You can check times and pricing on the Aer Lingus website here.

Spoiler alert!

Amusingly, just a few hours after the Aer Lingus announcement, Delta Air Lines announced that it was also starting Dublin to Minneapolis-Saint Paul flights.

It will start on 9th May – eight days after Aer Lingus – and will operate five flights per week. This flight will be bookable with Virgin Points although Delta is well known for making virtually no Business Class availability to partners.


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Comments (31)

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  • Littlefish says:

    Is there a simple way to find avios prices (let’s ignore availability for now) on these two new routes from DUB?
    The link from the article is to a cash bookings site.

  • Dom says:

    Interesting. I have family in Winnipeg Canada, so always looking for ways to get there on Avios.

    Aer Lingus to Minneapolis gets me nearly there, just a short hop on the delta regional flight between the two cities, but that flight is expensive on its own.

  • Saltrams says:

    Yesterday we decided to see Mt Rushmore & Yellowstone NP on a trip next year. I spent a long time researching flights to Minneapolis and out of Denver. This news article is a spooky coincidence!
    Is Aer Lingus any good (in business class?)

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