Ireland is a fantastic place to connect between Europe and the United States. That’s one reason British Airways bought Aer Lingus and is bringing them into oneworld. From anywhere except London it can make good sense for BA to send connecting passengers through Dublin. It’s strategically located, makes for an easy connection and features US immigration preclearance. (BA also gets slots at London Heathrow out of the deal.)
Roundtrip business class flights originating in Dublin are pricing over the holidays for less than $1000.
Three things to note:
- Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are low points for business travel. Coach gets more expensive and business gets less expensive (though not usually this cheap)
- Business class travel plummets so much that we usually see big mileage bonuses for transatlantic business class travel as well around this time.
- Yes, these fares require originating in Europe.
Fares are valid for outbound travel November 22 through November 28 and December 24 through January 6. (Most airline schedules don’t stretch out through January 6 yet even.)
These are available on American, British Airways, Finnair, and Iberia with a Saturday night stay required. I’d avoid flying American if you want to credit the miles to AAdvantage: While American Airlines expects to go revenue-based in late 2016, that will apply to American’s own tickets only and not to partner travel. You’ll still earn miles based on distance flown (and indeed, usually with a bonus for business class travel) for partner airline travel.
US frequent flyers might choose to position themselves for mileage runs, these fares are potentially that good. Europeans will want to buy low cost carrier flights to and from Dublin and use these flights for holiday travel to the States.
Here’s Dublin – New York JFK (via Madrid — more miles and Iberia’s business class has gotten quite good) for $956.
Here’s Dublin – Los Angeles for ~ $1164.
You can cut out a connection and fly British Airways for ~ $1210 (or save $30 and use an American Airlines codeshare on the return even).
Several other cities work as well.
(HT: One Mile at a Time who credits skunker for the find.)