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Sorry for the slew of posts about fares to/from Dublin, but there are some great deals to be had right now. I know lots of people are still planning last minute trips to Europe this summer, given the favorable exchange rate. To recap:
- Yesterday I posted about the cheap business & first class fares oneworld had published for travel from Dublin to the US for this summer and beyond
- Shortly thereafter Nick posted about the great deals available from the US to Europe for this summer, including some fares to Dublin
Not only are we seeing great fares from Dublin to the US, but as Nick mentioned yesterday evening, British Airways also has ~$2,100 roundtrip tickets from many points in the US to Dublin. This includes tickets out of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, etc.
$1,500 roundtrip business class to Europe this summer
The good news is that since the fare is on British Airways, there are two ways to discount it — the sale could be stacked with a $400 AARP discount and 10% off coupon from the British Airways Visa Card.
To unbundle that a bit further, if you’re an AARP member (anyone can join AARP for $16 per year, regardless of age — I’m a member) you can save $400 on roundtrip business class tickets booked with British Airways. The booking process is even really straightforward.
That will lower the fare to under $1,700 roundtrip:
On top of that, British Airways offers a 10% discount if you have the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, using promo code CARDOFFERU. Both the AARP $400 discount and 10% off discount can be stacked.
This means you can book ~$1,530 roundtrip business class tickets this summer from Chicago to Dublin:
Or New York to Dublin:
Or Philadelphia to Dublin:
And there are quite a few other city pairs available as well (though I couldn’t find any fares this good from the west coast).
Best of all, this promotion is eligible for the transatlantic premium cabin bonus being offered by American AAdvantage, whereby you can earn up to 115,000 bonus miles after three roundtrips.
As a reminder, British Airways has fully flat beds in business class throughout their longhaul fleet.
Can you book this fare through American instead?
One natural question might be if you can book through American instead. Why? Because if you could book through American:
- You could book using Citi Prestige® Card points, which can be redeemed for 1.6 cents towards the cost of a ticket
- You’d qualify for the redeemable miles premium cabin bonus, which is only for American metal and codeshare flights
If you want the AARP and 10% discounts you need to book through British Airways’ website. You can actually book codeshares on American/US Airways through British Airways’ website, which the $400 discount can be applied towards. That being said, the 10% discount is available exclusively for travel on British Airways.
Based on that you have to weigh your options and decide if you’re best off paying a bit more to book American codeshare flights, or if you’d rather get the lowest fare and not necessarily qualify for all bonuses.
We’ve seen so many amazing business class fares to Europe this summer, from both the east and west coast. If you’re traveling to Europe this summer it’s almost not worth redeeming miles, at least if you’d book an airline with fuel surcharges. For example, similar flights on British Airways would cost almost $1,000 in taxes/carrier imposed surcharges alone.
It’s tough to compete with ~$1,500 roundtrip all-in business class tickets on British Airways this summer.
If you are interested in this fare, I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later, as the deal won’t last.