On my recent flight to London, I flew the Irish carrier Aer Lingus. For $350, they were the cheapest deal, and they code-shared with my frequent flier program. I expected an awful flight, as some of my Irish friends didn’t have kind words about the carrier. But I actually found the flight to be great.
Aer Lingus used to be a major carrier but has restructured itself to be a low-cost carrier offering cheap flights around Europe and America via its hub in Dublin. Aer Lingus recently partnered with the American carrier Jetblue to offer flights from anywhere in America to destinations in Europe. Additionally, it frequently offers no-fare flights to and from Ireland (just taxes!). I’m still not sure how they make any money this way, but I’ll take it while the taking is good.
The Aer Lingus flight was a lot better than my previous flight to Europe. However, sadly, this plane didn’t have any personal viewing screens, a necessity in my view for any overseas flight. No personal screens are a sure sign of an old plane and, as you can probably tell from the pictures, this was an old plane. I don’t hold this against Aer Lingus like I do Air Canada, though. Whereas Air Canada is a major carrier, Aer Lingus is “low cost,” meaning amenities are few and far between. I expect perks from a big-name carrier when I’m paying a big-name price, but from a low-cost airline, I just expect a cheap ticket and a seat.
Getting cheap flights to Europe, especially to London, during the summer is always hard. The next cheapest ticket for a one-way was over $500 dollars. Round trips can run over $1000, but are generally around $800 to $900 during the summer. So $350 was a steal and, judging by the full flight, I’m not the only one who thought so.
The staff was friendly and all smiles. Plus, they had those amazing Irish accents. How can you not like someone with an accent as wonderful as that? You just can’t. Moreover, no one woke me up when I was asleep. I hate being woken up to “Would you like any coffee?” After all, if I wanted coffee, I wouldn’t be sleeping. The flight attendants were respectful of my sleep.
The food was average. Typical airline fare. I had some chicken and veggies that were passable. Again, though, I wouldn’t expect gourmet food on a flight like this. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really anything good, either.
Something that did stand out was the legroom. I’m not a giant, so I usually do have room, but there seemed to be more than usual here.
Overall, Aer Lingus isn’t a bad carrier to fly. I’ve had more luxurious flights, but for the price you’re paying, Aer Lingus is great. I would fly them again as well as suggest them to other fliers, especially if the lowest price was all that mattered.
Next time you fly to Europe from the States, take a look at Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus.