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Business Class to Ireland
Ok fellow travel friends…. I need help/advice on what my best options for two business class flights to Ireland are.
I want to book 2 award flights for March or April to Ireland. I can fly from Boston New York or DC
I have 100k chase reserve points
60k citi points
70k Amex sky miles
30k Starwood points
26k Amex everyday award points
How do I do this utilizing my points to cover two business class tickets. Which airline program should I transfer to ?
Where will you be flying from? That can make a difference.
[QUOTE=”MidSouth Skier, post: 22659, member: 184″]Where will you be flying from? That can make a difference.[/QUOTE]
I can fly from anywhere really on the east coast from anywhere between boston and D.C.
I’d see if you can book Aer Lingus using Avios from BOS-DUB. Transfers from Chase (1:1) or Amex (3:2?) if necessary.
So you’d get 3:2 for changes Amex to Avios?
Actually it’s 250 Amex MR to 200 adios. I just checked. Fine in a pinch but not a great transfer rate. They have bonuses on transfers sometimes.
So as David said, the transfer rate for Amex Membership Rewards points is not great but transferring from Chase Ultimate Rewards is still a 1:1 ratio. That’s only a 6-hour flight so if you’re wanting to really enjoy all the perqs of business class (dining, sleeping and dining again) that won’t be the flight to do it on as there’s just not a lot of time. But you’ll get there quickly!
You can read about Lucky’s experience on this flight: [URL]http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2012/08/06/lucky-charms-ireland-aer-lingus-business-class-boston-to-dublin/[/URL]
You can fly from BOS to DUB on Aer Lingus using BA’s Avios for 37,500 each way in business. Roundtrip for 2 people would be 37,500 x 2 x 2 = 150,000 Avios. You can transfer 94k of your Chase points to BA to top of the 56k you already have there.
That being said, I could definitely consider flying economy for a flight this short. You’re not going to be able to sleep much on a flight this short regardless of what cabin you’re in. In the above post, Lucky mentions he got around 2 hours of sleep in business.
Flying to Dublin in economy from Boston would be 12,500 x 2 x 2 = 50,000 Avios. It’s a third of the cost of business and you already have that many points in your BA account.
Then again, the point of points is to use them. So pick whatever makes you happier.