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GeekedUp
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Aer Lingus

Looking at going to Ireland in the spring. I can fly direct from DC via Aer Lingus for $622. Plan is A321 Neo. Anyone have experience with them?

Other cheap options are Play ($395/plane not given), Icelandic ($500/737MAX 8), and Scandinavian ($536/A350). Major carriers run about $880

Thanks!
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Floyd Dawg
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re: Aer Lingus
Play is the new version of Icelandic LCC WOW Air. It uses narrow body jets as does everybody listed except SAS. I’d fly that on the A350 before I’d get on a narrow body jet across the pond.


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Bama Bird
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Aer Lingus and SAS will be about the same as far as experience goes, and I'd certainly choose those two over the others. Just depends on if you prefer direct for a higher price or larger plane/lower price.


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LemmyLives
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re: Aer Lingus
No chance I'm flying a single aisle plane across the pond.

You also have the option to take the shuttle from DC to EWR/LGA/JFK and open up your direct options.


tadman
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re: Aer Lingus
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No chance I'm flying a single aisle plane across the pond.


Why the anti-single aisle idea? They're all modern ETOPS airliners with two engines. The A350 is probably the most modern, quiet, and adequately pressured, but that has more to do with the carbon fuselage than the width. I'd probably prefer a A321 over a 767 or a330.


tigersbsbfan23
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re: Aer Lingus
I flew Aer Lingus a year ago when I went to Ireland and it was just like flying with any other national airline.


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H2O Tiger
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re: Aer Lingus
SAS Economy Long-Haul is more in line with what you'll find on an LCC these days. I'd probably take the Aer Lingus option but SAS does frequently run sales in Premium Economy to DUB for about $600.


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jmh5724
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re: Aer Lingus
I just flew on a 30 year old 757 to Iceland and it was fine. Ireland isn’t but another hour in the air. The A321 will be similar in size. I would jump at the chance to fly on an A350 just to say I been on one. Whether it’s 3x3 or 3x3x3, you’re gonna get the same 30” seat and narrow aisle in economy.


CajunInFL
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re: Aer Lingus
Just flew to Shannon from Boston on Aer Lingus. Pretty basic flight, nothing fancy. Direct is the only way to go!


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SonOfSlickWillie
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Wife (sorry, no pics) and I flew roundtrip to Ireland from Dulles in August on an Aer Lingus A321 Neo. Our seats were in economy but they were very comfortable and roomy enough. We had the aisle and middle seat. Service was great. I would definitely do it again.


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GeekedUp
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re: Aer Lingus
Thanks all.

Unfortunately, this is what I've come to learn:
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Whether it’s 3x3 or 3x3x3, you’re gonna get the same 30” seat and narrow aisle in economy.


I'd rather the cabin roominess of a wide body, but they don't seem like viable options from DC.

Icelandair is much cheaper ($300 each x 4) than Aer Lingus if I want to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points or book through Chase.

Booking direct with Aer Lingus is less expensive, but would be all cash vs using points.


LSUlove
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re: Aer Lingus
You can't transfer your chase points to Aer Lingus?


H2O Tiger
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re: Aer Lingus
You can book using Avios


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LemmyLives
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Why the anti-single aisle idea?


My animal brain feels better when I'm in a larger plane where there may be sustained turbulence. I don't do roller coaster rides worse than the Seven Dwarves at Disney. It's not rational, I know, but I also don't want to take an Ambien or something and end up pants-less having gotten the flight diverted to Newfoundland or something.

Singapore just sent me an ad for $599 economy flights from Houston to Manchester, with travel until 20 May 2024. You have to buy the ticket by 3 NOV. It is a Fifth Freedom flight, but there may be something from the Northeast that's similarly cheap. From IAH it's an A350, which continues on to Singapore.


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