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Aer Lingus will be operating its new A330 planes featuring their new lie-flat business class seats. Recently, Aer Lingus unveiled their new product and announced that their new business class flights will operate between San Francisco and Dublin. The great news is that already, Aer Lingus SFO-DUB award availability is open on United! The strange thing is that it is still not bookable with British Airways Avios.
To refresh your memory, Aer Lingus is partners with British Airways and code shares with United. Therefore, you can use either British Airways Avios or United Mileageplus on Aer Lingus. From Boston to Dublin, it is under 3,000 miles and costs only 12.5k/25k for an economy/business class one-way ticket. Other cities costs 20k/40k and San Francisco costs 25k/50k. Under United, it costs 30k/70k under United’s partner airlines award chart. Clearly, using British Airways Avios is a better deal when redeeming miles.
Aer Lingus currently flies to the following North American cities from Dublin:
Aer Lingus’ new business class product features lie-flat seats and a 6.5 foot bed. You can also pre-dine and visit their new Dublin lounge. The product seems quite awesome and is comparable to Jet Blue’s Mint class. Here is more info on Aer Lingus’ new business class.
I’ve checked United.com’s award availability for SFO-DUB and DUB-SFO and award availability is quite open starting on May 5, 2015. I called United to make sure it was no phantom availability and could confirm that each date I checked at at least 4 economy and 4 business class seats! Award availability is usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and almost all of July is wide open.
Here are the taxes, quite cheap at about $55 per person roundtrip!
The strange thing is that even though United shows Aer Lingus availability and I confirmed with a United agent that it is bookable, British Airways does not see the availability nor does ExpertFlyer. I confirmed this by calling BA and the representative could not see any availability between SFO-DUB.
Aer Lingus’ SFO-DUB route could be one of the best ways to get to Europe next summer from the west coast. Our options are slim on the west coast, and this can be a great way. Of course you don’t have to go to Dublin and you can position from other cities such as LAX. I was able to find a ticket from LAX-SFO-DUB-PRG for example. I think Aer Lingus’ product will be great, but at 70,000 United miles one-way it is a bit expensive. However, there aren’t many options from the west coast to Europe in business class, so this may be a pretty reasonable cost. Are you tempted to book Aer Lingus SFO-DUB?