Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Today, Aer Lingus announced three new USA destinations direct out of Dublin; Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), and Hartford Connecticut (DBL).
The first of these has me most excited. Currently, Aer Lingus only serves San Francisco, and other than the mostly unknown Etiopian Airlines (yes you read that right) route from Dublin to LAX, there are no other direct services to the west coast USA. Aer Lingus has recently been bought by the owners of BA, with a promise of integrating it into the One World alliance. Once this happens, it'll open up a myriad of connecting options via LAX, with a full code share agreement with American Airlines.
The Newark route will provide another method of getting to New York on a direct flight out of Ireland.
The Harford connecticut route seems like a strange option. But it comes with a significant subsidy from the local government, and apparently Aer Lingus has been courted by the airport for serveral months.
It is expected that prior to full integration with One World, these new flights will be available to be booked using Avios. This is again great news, as it provides extra capacity and fresh options for redemption bookings out of Ireland, minimising the need to connect via London.
The LAX flights will operate 5 tmes a week, starting in May, thus bringing them into play for next summer. The daily Newark and Hartford flights commence in Sept.
Following this link to read the announcement on the Aer Lingus blog.
Monday, 5 October 2015
|The underwater restaurant at the Conrad|
At the start of 2015, I became aware that Etihad's newest plane, the A380, had been scheduled to fly between Heathrow and Abu Dhabi. Reading up on this plane, it became clear that Etihad's first class (F) cabin design was recognised as the best implementation in the industry. If possible, I wanted to get on this plane.....
Thursday, 24 September 2015
|Everthing you see here is the Conrad Hotel ! (The seaplane platform is inbetween the islands)|
When booking a reward holiday, I traditionally prioritise the flights, and then look about the accomodation, on the basis that the flights are the hardest thing to secure, and ultimately, you can always find somewhere to stay.
Monday, 21 September 2015
For Dubai, I've long wanted to visit this city that seems to have shot up out of nowhere in the last 15 or so years. Everything I've heard of it makes me think of it as the Vegas of the middle-east, a superficial playground that has no right to exist in the landscape that it has enveloped. I'm all for a bit of superfical, if its done well :)
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
|Dublin Airport, T2 in the foreground|
Savvy Avios collectors will know that sometimes it can be advantageous to fly out of Dublin, rather than out of Heathrow. Clearly, for someone like myself who lives In Northern Ireland, this is a no brainer, but in fact it can sometimes make sense for people living in mainland UK to fly to Dublin, and then fly out of Dublin to their destination via Heathrow....and here is why.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
|The rather generic picture IHG sent out to accompany the promo|
If you are a member of the IHG hotel loyalty program, IHG reward club, you may have received an email offering you a mystery bonus between 25% to 100%, when you buy points.
In case you didn't get the email, or it went straight into your spam folder, the link to the webpage it refers to is HERE. Just put in your name, IHG club number, and it'll bring you to points.com, and tell you your mystery bonus. Plenty of reports of people get the 100%, which is what I received.
At 100% bonus, the price works out at 0.575c per point. That means you can effectively get 50K points for $312, which is about £200. That's enough for a reward night in just about any Intercontinental Hotel, which can be great value.
The bonus only runs until the 31st of August, so check out your offer, and see if it works for you.