Quick note–after yesterday's post Maximizing British Airways Avios-Fly Aer Lingus to Europe and Avoid Fuel Surcharges, one of my relatives wanted to know more about using British Airways Avios to fly Aer Lingus from Boston to Dublin, I did another search on United. And lo and behold, Aer Lingus BUSINESS CLASS is showing up at the Saver Award level!
This is fantastic–you can use 50,000 Avios to fly business class roundtrip to Europe from Boston (as mentioned, New York to Dublin is farther, so it would be 80,000 Avios). Now, before you get too excited, the Aer Lingus Business Class seat is flat, but angled, so it isn't as good as British Airways or other true flatbed seats. The soft product–inflight service, food and wine, etc,–generally gets very good reviews, however.
You can currently book up to March 16, 2013, and availability includes most dates this summer, as you can see below:
If you don't yet have British Airways Avios, you can apply for the British Airways Visa and get up to 100,000 Avios, with 50,000 rewarded upon first use of the card. You can also take advantage of the current 50% AMEX Membership Rewards transfer bonus to Avios through May 31. See 50 Percent AMEX Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios-Best Deals. This means that if you transfer 34,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points, you can get a business class roundtrip to Europe from Boston, with less than $150 in taxes and fees!
Not sure if this is a fluke or will continue, so if you were planning award flights from Boston to Europe anyway, suggest you book sooner rather than later.
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