July 12th, 2012

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I love Dublin – and not just because my name is Brian Kelly. It’s a charming and fun city that works as a great weekend destination from the east coast. The flight is just 600 miles longer than JFK to San Francisco, so it’s one where I can handle sitting in economy comfort if the price is right.

And luckily Delta is offering fares as low as $379 total roundtrip from JFK this fall and $421 from Boston (check your city to see if low fares abound). . US Airways and AA are also offering low fares per this Flyertalk thread.

To search weekend Delta trips, go to Delta.com -> Planning tools (top of the screen) -> Book a flight. Enter your city details and then select the box for “My Dates are Flexible” and then select Flexible Weekend Travel and the Month. I saw the $387 fare on two weekends in November.

Flexible Date Search- surprisingly efficient on Delta.com.

Check for the weekends with the lowest fares – which includes Thanksgiving.

$387 JFK-DUB total roundtrip.

Remember, Diamond and Platinum Medallions get free Economy Comfort for up to 8 companions and all Medallions can choose the exit rows (just note that the emergency exit slide protrudes greatly into the seat space of the window exit seats, so I’d avoid them at all costs).

Sample Economy Comfort Seats on JFK-DUB on the 757. Not glamorous, but more recline than regular coach seats.

You can also use ITA software here to search flexible dates and pull in prices on all carriers. Please feel free to share any good deals you find here so others can benefit! While these aren’t supreme mileage runs (roundtrip on the non-stop nets 6,359 MQMs), they are great getaway fares and I know a lot of TPG readers took advantage of them last time, because I flew with a bunch of you on the same flight back in February when fares were $379 roundtrip!

If staying in Dublin, I highly recommend the Westin – the location is superb and they treat SPG elite members very well. For things to do, check out my long weekend trip report.

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