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Aer Lingus launches flights to Las Vegas, bookable with low taxes and 2-4-1 vouchers

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Aer Lingus has announced a new US route – Las Vegas!

This opens up a new option to spend Avios to Las Vegas, with the benefits of being able to connect from many UK regional airports and clearing US Customs & Immigration in Dublin.

Taxes and charges are also attractive, especially if you travel to Dublin on a separate ticket to reduce Air Passenger Duty.

Remember that British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers can now be used on Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus launches flights to Las Vegas

Here are the details:

  • Flights will start on 25th October
  • Services are due to end for the summer on 29th April 2025, although I suspect this is flexible if the route performs well
  • Flights will operate three days per week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • It will use an Airbus A330-300
  • Flights depart Dublin at 15.20, landing in Las Vegas at 17.50, which is convenient for connecting from the UK
  • The return flight leaves Las Vegas at 19.35, arriving in Dublin at 13.10 the following day

What’s Business Class like on Aer Lingus?

Rhys reviewed the Aer Lingus A330-300 seat and service here.

Whilst it’s not the most modern seat (no privacy doors here) it is perfectly pleasant. The best seats to get are the ‘throne’ seats, pictured below. These give you huge amounts of personal space of both sides and ensure that you don’t have a neighbour.

Aer Lingus launches flights to Las Vegas

How much are Avios flights?

In summary, 125,000 or 150,000 Avios plus around £250 for a return Business Class flight from Dublin.

If you have a British Airways American Express companion voucher, you’d pay 125,000 or 150,000 Avios plus around £500 in total for TWO people.

IMPORTANT: As of last night, Avios tickets were not available even though cash tickets were bookable. This may or may not have changed overnight.

Las Vegas has the same pricing as other West Coast services:

Dublin to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle:

  • Economy (off peak): 16,250 Avios each way
  • Economy (peak): 25,000 Avios each way
  • Business (off peak): 62,500 Avios each way
  • Business (peak): 75,000 Avios each way

Following a recent IT upgrade, you can now redeem Avios for reward flights at aerlingus.com, as well as via ba.com – click to read.

To redeem at aerlingus.com, you need to open an Aer Lingus AerClub account and use ‘Combine My Avios’ at ba.com to move your Avios across. Transfers are instant, free and reversible.

Availability and additional charges should be identical across ba.com and aerlingus.com on long haul services. Availability did not match when the new Aer Lingus Avios website launched but the team was hoping to iron out the bugs quickly. It is still worth checking both ba.com and aerlingus.com just in case.

The taxes and charges on a RETURN Business Class flight from Dublin to Las Vegas should be around £250 when tickets are available, assuming they are not live this morning.

This pricing assumes that you travel from the UK to Dublin on a separate ticket to avoid triggering long haul premium cabin Air Passenger Duty, which is now approaching £200.

Aer Lingus launches flights to Las Vegas

You can also upgrade using Avios

Another option is to buy a cash ticket on Aer Lingus and upgrade it with Avios. Full details are in this HfP article.

Upgrades are fairly expensive for points but this is offset by the fact that even the cheapest cash Economy ticket is upgradable, as long as a Business Class reward seat is showing. Upgrade pricing is here.

Cash tickets now earn Avios and tier points in British Airways Executive Club

Remember that, following a recent change, Aer Lingus tickets now earn tier points in British Airways Executive Club as well as Avios.

Full details are in this HfP article.

Conclusion

It’s good to see Aer Lingus continuing to expand its network, even though a bit more variety (ie outside the USA!) would be welcome.

You can find out more, and check out cash pricing, on the Aer Lingus website here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (47)

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  • ADRIAN says:

    So, do these cash flights now also count towards the 4 eligible BA flights for gold/silver status?

    • Rob says:

      We don’t think so, although logically someone should know who has taken one recently?

      • Nick says:

        They count if booked under a BA code, but not if EI. I expect this will be bundled with the other major changes next year, but tbc.

  • Chancer says:

    Off-topic/apologies. Tried finding answer to this online but no luck. Does anybody know please, when taking Virgin Atlantic reward flights in premium economy, does it code as H or K (50 tier points), or W or S (100 tier points)? Similarly, with ordinary economy, would it be 25 or 50 tier points per flight?

  • HampshireHog says:

    Mmmm I suppose Las Vegas would be a change from Dubai…..

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Yes because one of them is a superficial and vacuous construct in the desert…

      • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

        Only Vegas has Donny Osmond in residency though

  • Marion says:

    Is it possible to book the Aer Lingus Las vegas flight on the BA website ?
    I couldnt see it…

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