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  • GillC 20 posts

    Forgive me if this has been discussed in detail before but I’ve ploughed through various articles and I’m still not entirely sure.

    I have a 2 for 1 voucher which I want to redeem in business on Aer Lingus. My outward flight is due to be released later this week. I’m quite fixed on the outward date although a day or two either side would work.

    I understand I have to book via Ba.com but do I have to do this over the phone or can I do it online? I’m only going to be booking the outward initially and will have to add the return in a couple of weeks when flights become available.

    I’m already jittery about getting the flight I want! If there is availability can I book both legs online 2 weeks apart and then ring BA to get the 50% avios on the return leg refunded?

    davefl 1,452 posts

    Unlike BA, Aer Lingus don’t promise to release a set number of seats per flight or on any particular day/time.

    GillC 20 posts

    Unlike BA, Aer Lingus don’t promise to release a set number of seats per flight or on any particular day/time.

    I’ve been monitoring it the last couple of weeks and it seems consistent, 2 seats per flight per day

    NorthernLass 8,484 posts

    You “should” be able to book online, just as if you were booking BA flights, but I don’t know if anyone has actually done this yet with EI.

    Can I be nosy and ask what route you’re looking at? I’ve seen no availability at all from MAN, for example, and wondering if that’s just going to be a non-starter. Are they being released at T-355 like the BA avios flights?

    GillC 20 posts

    I’m looking at Dublin to Chicago. There is some availability but it seems to appear later than regular avios flights – today flights appeared outbound for 31st August

    GillC 20 posts

    And I did a dummy run earlier on Ba.com for dates in August. It looked possible.

    NorthernLass 8,484 posts

    Thanks – the Holy Grail for me would be able to use the 241 to book business class to the US direct from MAN!

    You should be able to book this just as you would BA flights, let us know how you get on. Of course if it comes to the worst and you can’t get EI on the return, you can book a BA service and connect at LHR.

    *Just checked MAN for the last week in August and there are only Y seats where the surcharges make it not worth it.

    GillC 20 posts

    Another question: if I book outward and return as two separate bookings will I get stuffed on taxes/charges? Looking at dummy run return in august taxes were £844, but booking the same dates as single bookings generated taxes of £446 on outward and a whopping £1595 on return so a total of £2041. Is this right? Taxes look like they would be more than double than if I had booked outward and return at same time 🙁. Sorry if I’m being thick 😕

    NorthernLass 8,484 posts

    This used to be the case with BA flights before RFS pricing was introduced, and you had to call and ask them to add the return so they would recalculate the surcharges. If you made a separate booking, they used to refund some of the fees, IIRC, but stopped doing it a few years ago.

    How much are the taxes/fees if you make a dummy return booking? I guess you’ll only find out re the calculation if you call to add the return, unless anyone here has done it previously, and it might depend on how knowledgeable the CS agent is as to how they will process the booking.

    Again, if all else fails and you’re being charged a stupid amount to book the return, you could get a RFS return on BA.

    GillC 20 posts

    I rang BA. I can book outbound online when it appears using voucher. Then when inbound appears I ring, rather than book online to get the lower return taxes. If I book both legs online, the taxes will be at 2 x single journey rates.

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