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Old 01-19-2016, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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We flew Aer Lingus to Ireland, fine airline. United and American are the last airlines I would chose to go anywhere both give lousy service and have bad on-time records. Virgin Atlantic is my all time favorite but they don't fly out of every major airport.
Yeah, Virgin Atlantic is my favorite too!
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:59 PM
 
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I have a funny story flying with this airline. I missed an international Air Lingus flight! Luckily, they put me on standby for a flight to NYC. Everything worked out okay.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:03 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Mrs. NBP flew Aer Lingus out of and into BWI to and from Ireland several years ago. She said she enjoyed it and was fine. Having said that, it was the first time she'd ever flown.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:37 PM
 
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I flew Aer Lingus FRA-DUB-IAD about 8 years ago. I found the flight and service to be as good as any U.S. carrier. The only headache was when I checked in at FRA they could only check me as far as DUB. I was changing planes in DUB and had to check in again. They did check my bag all the way thru.






I have flown Turkish Air a few times. It has always been within Europe.


I would have no problem flying on either one again.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:59 PM
 
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I have never had anything but pleasant experiences on Aer Lingus. It is not a marginal airline, is the flagship carrier of the Republic of Ireland.
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Old 01-19-2016, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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It is not a marginal airline, is the flagship carrier of the Republic of Ireland.
Exactly. Asking if an airline like Aer Lingus is "legitimate" is like asking if Delta is legitimate.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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fly with them frequently from JFK. I detest long flights so I love the fact they stop in Dublin , just five or six hours. Then connect to Paris, Rome etc.
Nothing but good thoughts and I love those big comfortable green seats. Always found good pricing on their website. Customer service is wonderful also.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:11 AM
 
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I have flown with Aer Lingus a few times.

They are fine! As good as the other trans Atlantic carriers.

In addition, using Dublin as a European entry-exit point has some advantages.

First, taxes are often lower than other European airports and especially London. That can make flights cheaper.

Second, Dublin is not a big airport so easy to get around.

Third, Ireland is English speaking.

Fourth, the city is fairly close and taxis are reasonably priced so you can plan flights in such a way as to be able to do a bit of tourism.

Fifth, on returning to the USA, you clear US immigration in Dublin which makes arrival much nicer, quicker and easier.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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Appreciate all the advice guys! Haven't posted b/c I'm preparing for this snow storm in DC lol, but I'm definitely intrigued by the "hacker fare" that kayak seems to come up with. I'm not familiar with these airlines, hence why I asked. When air fares are like 40% cheaper than the "name airlines" I ask myself "what's the catch?" But in reading around, and the posts in this thread, Aer Lingus sounds pretty good. I'll definitely keep them in mind.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Appreciate all the advice guys! Haven't posted b/c I'm preparing for this snow storm in DC lol, but I'm definitely intrigued by the "hacker fare" that kayak seems to come up with. I'm not familiar with these airlines, hence why I asked. When air fares are like 40% cheaper than the "name airlines" I ask myself "what's the catch?" But in reading around, and the posts in this thread, Aer Lingus sounds pretty good. I'll definitely keep them in mind.
Again, are you flying one way or planning to come back?
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