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Cheap Flights to Dublin on Delta: Chicago from $401 Total Roundtrip – Including St. Patricks Day!

by on September 26, 2013 · 20 comments

in Delta, Mileage Runs

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Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world- great people, bars and overall vibe. It also helps that airfares dip low throughout the year. Today’s cheap fares are from Chicago- $401 total roundtrip and you can route via Atlanta for maximum miles- 9,088 valuable Medallion Qualifying Miles and base Skymiles plus up to 11,360 bonus SkyMiles depending on elite level. So a Diamond who books this trip banks 20,448 SkyMiles- even if you conservatively value them at 1 cent a piece,  that is like receiving $204 back (51%!) in future redemption value!

Delta allows you to book flights and cancel them without any fees as long as you do so by midnight the following day, so if you think these might make sense for you, book now and take the next 24 hours to finalize your plans because they won’t last long.

These are bookable on Delta.com and you can go for weekend travel throughout November. To use the flexible dates/weekend trips, go to Delta.com -> Book a flight -> More search options and then use the flexible dates. You can also use the ITA Matrix software, but that was giving me some false results, so I found Delta.com the best for searching weekend/flexible travel.

Other carriers, like American, have somewhat cheaper fares ($600ish), but I haven’t seen any other match the $400/$500 fares, but if they do I’ll update this post. As always, comment with any other cheap finds you may find!
DLcom search Dublin$401 is available on most weekends in November- including Thanksgiving and the first weekend in November before they shoot back up for holiday travel, but drop back down in January/February/March/April.
DL ORD DUB NOVItineraries are also available on KLM and Air France and you may be able to build in layovers in Amsterdam (another favorite) and Paris.

You can even fly over to enjoy St. Patricks Day (March 17) for $452! Plus you net 9,615 MQMs and a boatload of SkyMiles.
Delta St PatricksChicago isn’t the only city with discounted fares- I’m seeing the following fares, but if you find anything better please comment below!
JFK- $530
Houston- $555
Las Vegas- $726
Los Angeles- $772

You can also bank a ton of points by using the right credit card and website/portal to book these flights, so check out my post on Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

See also: Trip Report: A Long Weekend in Dublin, Ireland
Hotel Review: Westin Dublin

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  • KC

    I will fly out of ATL but this fare isn’t available for ATL. Can I purchase tickets from CHI to DUB with ATL as layover and forfeit the flight from CHI to ATL and get on the ATL-DUB leg?

  • thepointsguy

    Unfortunately not- if you skip a leg the rest of the trip gets cancelled. Maybe use southwest points to get to Chicago and leave from there and then get off on the return in Atlanta?

  • Alex

    if you got off in ATL like that and they ‘cancelled’ the rest of the trip. Would it forfeit your miles?

  • thepointsguy

    Not in my experience.

  • KC

    According to this: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/ticket-changes-refunds/risk-free-cancellation.html
    International flights can’t be cancelled within 24 hr period?

  • Matt S

    I found $361 and $381 for Chicago-Dublin in Nov and Dec… never really thought too much about a mid November Ireland trip, but since I can drive to Chicago I may take a hard look.

  • lookcle

    That is not good. I booked a flight but still need to discuss options tonight to make sure is possible…. :-s

  • thepointsguy

    Awesome- what dates?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes you can. Where does it say otherwise?
    Valid for travel originating in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands,
    Puerto Rico, and Canada, regardless of where the eTicket is purchased.

  • Matt S

    Actually a lot of dates between Nov. 11 – Dec. 6th. Some are lengthy stays (10+ nights) while others are 6 or 5, etc… Did some quick research and a weekly car rental (even for an automatic) can be as low as $100 all in. I’m strongly considering a 12 day trip in mid Nov using hotel points for the big cities and finding a few local accommodations while driving the circumference of the island. Always thought I’d do it in different weather on a golf trip or something, but I’m always up for an adventure.

  • Charlie

    Thanks! Got in on this. Leave on a Friday afternoon and return Sunday. Great mileage run for $461! Any ideas on what to do for 24 hours in Dublin?

  • joeypore

    I think it’s dead… Just checked some dates that were showing $401… and they’re up to $538…

  • RegMerc

    Everything is gone. Now the price is $900.

  • x†c

    yeah, cheapest i found for any dates was $500

  • ChuckD

    Thanks Brian. All booked for March 12-19.

  • Alec

    Just booked a flight for November! 3 days November 15, $460. Thanks a lot for the heads up!

  • Alec

    Looks like there are a ton of people in the same boat! Myself included! I think The Points Guy needs to repost some Dublin ideas!

  • Big Boy Travel

    I saw a bunch of you guys ask about what to do in Dublin for just over 24 hours. You can pretty much walk between all the main sights.
    We don’t have our printable walking tour up yet but here are the best things to see (Trinity College, Gogarty’s, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Christ Church,
    Mansion House, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Guinness Brewery Tour, John Kehoe’s Pub, Temple Bar).
    If you have already been to Dublin consider popping up to Swords for a big chunk of the day to check out Swords Castle and Malahide Castle.

  • Big Boy Travel

    See my recent post on this thread, hope it helps

  • Lewis Alexander

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