Deal Alert: Flights to Dublin From $296 Round-Trip on Full-Service Airlines
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
If you’ve been looking forward to visiting the Emerald Isle, you’re in luck. Competition across the Atlantic is still fierce and has driven airfares to Dublin (DUB) down to as little as $296 round-trip on full-service airlines. Departure cities include Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL), Tampa (TPA), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW) San Francisco (SFO) and Phoenix (PHX).
Many of these fares book into basic economy. That means that you’ll still have to pay for a bag or to select your seat in some cases. However, you’ll still get a meal and earn miles on these flights. Keep in mind that an airline’s co-branded credit card can get around some of basic economy’s restrictions.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. You may have to click around a bit to get the discounted prices to appear. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: TAP Portugal, Air Canada, Lufthansa, United, British Airways
Routes: BOS/PHL/TPA/EWR/DFW/SFO/PHX to DUB
Cost: $296+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: January to May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) for $296 round-trip on TAP Portugal:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Dublin (DUB) for $326 round-trip on Air Canada/Lufthansa:
Tampa (TPA) to Dublin (DUB) for $332 round-trip in United basic economy:
Newark (EWR) to Dublin (DUB) for $352 round-trip nonstop in United basic economy:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Dublin (DUB) for $382 round-trip in United basic economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Dublin (DUB) for $385 round-trip in British Airways’ version of basic economy:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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