Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is the flagship carrier of Ireland. They are owned by IAG, which also owns British Airways and Iberia. 

Overview

Flights to Ireland- Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Washington D.C.

Points Expiration- 36 months without earning or spending one point. 

Fleet: Planes and Average Age

Seat Maps by Plane: SeatGuru

Aircraft Configurations: Seat Guru for Aer Lingus

Flight Reviews

Lounge Reviews: Dublin (Review #1; Review #2; Review #3)

Earning Points

Transfer Partners: Chase Ultimate Rewards, British Airways, and Iberia.

Credit Card: Application Link (Target: 100,000; Current: 100,000) (not subject to 5/24)

  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Earning: 3x on IAG Airlines (Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL) and 1x everywhere else. 
  • Benefits: Companion ticket if you spend $30,000 in a calendar year (no taxes or fees), Priority Boarding on Aer Lingus, and no foreign transaction fees. 

 

Using Points

Airlines You Can Book: Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, Flybe, and Vueling. 

Off-Peak Dates- 2018 Dates

Typical Fees to Dublin- $220 in economy and $260 in business class. 

Searching Award Space- You can find Aer Lingus award space via AerLingus.com or United.com. With United, you can see award space for 2 months at a time. 

Pricing- Awards are priced by distance per segment. If you fly New York to Paris via Dublin, you will be charged the points for Zone 5 and Zone 1. Since points are priced this way, I would book New York to Dublin and do a stopover. Then fly to Paris a few days later. 

Compare Prices- You can transfer Avios between Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia, so it is best to price shop these three airlines using their award systems to see which program is cheaper. For example, it might require fewer points and taxes to book a British Airways flight with British Airways Avios instead of Aer Lingus Avios, or it might require less taxes and fees to use British Airways Avios to book an Aer Lingus flight. 

Find The Distance of Your Zone

 

Distance-Based Award Chart

 

Aer Lingus Upgrade Chart