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Round-trip flights to Dublin for under $500 this fall

Aug. 17, 2022
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From its rich literary scene and grand Gothic cathedrals to its many pubs, Dublin is definitely worth a visit.

This fall, you can tour Ireland's capital thanks to round-trip flights for under $500.

With this fairly flexible deal, you can fly to Dublin nonstop from major cities like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle. Other cities like Chicago and Miami also have discounted flights to Dublin, but they include a layover.

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This deal also includes some round-trip flights to Shannon, Ireland — a quaint town that includes tourist attractions like an aviation museum and a medieval fortress — for a little over $500.

The deal is only for economy fares, and tickets are discounted by at least 40% from their standard price.

Read more: Second Cities: Destinations to add to a trip to Dublin

Dublin. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

Deal basics

Airlines: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, TAP Air Portugal and United Airlines.
Routes: New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, Seattle and others to Dublin.
How to book: Search Google Flights for the best dates, then book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: Generally from September through October 2022, but additional routes to Shannon are available through March 2023, including routes during Thanksgiving.
Book by: ASAP.

Kudos to Scott’s Cheap Flights for bookmarking this offer. The site has deals up to 90% off through its Premium membership, which has a 14-day free trial period and costs $49 a year. Scott’s Cheap Flights also has an Elite tier upgrade for $199 a year which allows you receive the same Premium deals along with premium economy, business-class and first-class offers.

Related: 11 beautiful destinations to visit in Ireland beyond Dublin

Sample flights

Fly from almost any major city to Dublin Airport (DUB) for under $500 with this offer, including nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Dulles International Airport (IAD), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Most of the other flights to Dublin include a layover in Lisbon, Portugal.

JFK and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) also offer nonstop flights to Shannon Airport (SNN).

Here are a few highlights:

To Dublin:

TAP Air Portugal: From Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), starting at $366.
Aer Lingus: From Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), starting at $386.
Aer Lingus: From Dulles International Airport (IAD), starting at $428.
TAP Air Portugal: From O’Hare International Airport (ORD), starting at $428 (includes a layover in Lisbon).
TAP Air Portugal: From Miami International Aiport (MIA), starting at $442 (includes a layover in Lisbon).
Delta: From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), starting at $488.
Aer Lingus: From Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), starting at $493.
Aer Lingus: From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), starting at $496.

To Shannon:

Aer Lingus: From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), starting at $513.
Aer Lingus: From Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), starting at $513.

Related: Flight review: Aer Lingus business class on the A321neo, Dublin to Philadelphia

We recommend using Google Flights to determine your best dates and then booking your flight directly with the airline. Prices on Google Flights are sometimes lower than the airline's because the site offers third-party booking options.

Booking directly with airlines is a typically more convenient option if there’s a delay, cancellation or booking change.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)
(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

When booking a flight to DUB from JFK, we found that fares from Delta were approximately the same as those advertised on Google Flights. With the basic economy option, a nonstop round-trip flight from JFK to DUB cost $488.17 on Delta’s website.

(Screenshot from delta.com)
(Screenshot from delta.com)

Keep in mind that Delta charges an additional $75 for your first checked bag and $100 for a second one. The airline allows one free carry-on.

(Screenshot from delta.com)

If booking a flight from Boston to Dublin, note that Google Flights shows prices at $373 due to third-party booking options. Booking directly with Aer Lingus shows fares at $385.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)
(Screenshot from aerlingus.com)

Compared to Delta, Aer Lingus offered some flexibility with its Saver option for nonstop round-trip flights from PHL to DUB. For example, Aer Lingus has the option to select a seat for an extra $29.99, or you can skip seat selection altogether.

Delta’s basic economy does not let you select a seat, but if you upgrade to select seats the price jumps from around $488 to $638. With Aer Lingus, the fare increases only to $415.21.

At the time of publication, the seating chart for an Aer Lingus flight on Nov. 22 from BOS to DUB showed many seats were still available.

(Screenshot from aerlingus.com)

Maximize your purchase

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The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Dublin is filled with history and teems with incredible sights, like the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse.

Given the ability to fly to Ireland from most major U.S. cities and the low prices, this is a great idea. Round-trip flights to Ireland can typically cost at least $750. You can get as much as 50% off with this deal.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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