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First transfer to BA Avios for Aer Lingus flight
New at this and I am getting ready to book my first real awards trip. Can someone with way more expertise double check me and offer input before I pull the triggers?
2 travelers, departing from Dullas (Washington, DC), travel dates flexible.
UR points – 142,319
Tentatively looking at May 26 – June 11 (based on info on Aer Lingus site this is zone 5 non-peak)
So (13000 X 2)X2 = 52000 plus fees traveling economy (can’t see the splurge for business but again input appreciated).
Since I don’t live in the UK I can’t sign up for Avios directly so I believe I transfer 52000 points to BA. Then I call British Air to schedule the Aer Lingus flight since they are a partner correct??
Once in Dublin we will hop around with Ryan Air since it is so cheap but winding back up in Dublin for the return. One of the tricks I am totally not familiar with and trying to figure out is the extended stops. There is a flight to Dublin that stops at Heathrow first. London is a place we plan to visit. Is this something I should look at further or just go direct to Dublin and hop when ready?
Thanks for any and all input. Super excited about this trip!
hi [USER=2757]@Laurie70[/USER], welcome! Avios are a distance based program and charge each leg separately. So a flight that is direct IAD-DUB will not be priced the same as IAD-LHR-DUB (sum of prices for both legs). You’ll want to check to see what the pricing and availability is for both options before making your decision. The upside of this is that if you wanted the stop at LHR it’s built into the cost as it makes no difference how long you spend at LHR before continuing to DUB–the overall price remains the same.
In general your process seems correct. It’s good that you have some flexibility with travel dates but I would call and make sure that there are seats available before initiating your transfer. If you can’t find award tickets you can also use the UR points at 1.25 or 1.5x towards paid tickets through the UR travel website if you have one of the premium Chase UR cards. Good luck!