Hi, it’s me again.
Consider this post to be that phone call right after you hang up but then discover something cool and call back again for another 30 seconds just to add another thought or two.
In researching my previous post, Booking Dublin: A Change of Plans, I wanted to verify award availability on Aer Lingus business class for the BOS-DUB route for the rest of 2014. Partially because I wanted to see where my own rebooking could fit in, and partially out of pure curiosity (because who doesn’t spend their Sundays looking at random award availability?).
Well, it’s still out there, and the clock is ticking. You have until April 28th, or until availability dries up – whichever comes first – to book yourself flights to Dublin and back.
It’ll set you back 50,000 Avios, but 50K points to Europe round-trip in business class is a great deal, especially considering that these flights are ~$5,000 each if purchased.
I went to United.com and filtered for nonstop award availability. It’s all the BOS-DUB route.
Check for the blue and green days – those are the days when the business class flight is available (the yellow is just for the economy flight, which is only 12.5K Avios each way or 25K Avios round-trip – still a great deal especially considering it’s only a ~6-hour flight).
How to search and book
For this award, start out by finding the space on United.com
Be sure to tick “Nonstop Flights Only”.
When you find the flights you want, make a note of the dates and flight numbers (or just leave it on your screen), and call British Airways.
I’ve found the best number to call British Airways on is 1-800-247-9297. At the prompts, press 4, then 2. Then wait for an agent. Hold times are usually not long on this number.
Feed them the dates and flight numbers and mention it’s for Aer Lingus business class.
Also make sure the Avios are in your account if you are transferring them in from Ultimate Rewards or Membership Rewards (or Starwood, or wherever).
Be sure to ask them to waive the phone booking fee – I say something like, “I tried to book online, but was forced to call – can the fee be waived?” And they always take it off.
Booking 2 business class tickets cost me 100,000 Avios and ~$228.
Here is a breakdown of all the taxes, fees, and surcharges:
There’s still great award availability to Dublin from Boston, and at a great price, if anyone’s still interested in booking.
Just wanted to share the info, as I’d been wanting to go to Ireland for a long time. In fact, I am tempted to book another ticket in the fall because I know it will be so beautiful there. But, moderation.
If anyone does book, enjoy! I will be there in early May – say hello if you see me on the plane or around Dublin!