Aer Lingus, while not a member of the Oneworld alliance, is part of the Atlantic Joint Business agreement, along with fellow peers American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair. This transatlantic venture allows airlines to share pricing details amongst participating carriers and share revenue for flights across the Atlantic, no matter who is operating the aircraft.
As part of this agreement, Aer Lingus and American Airlines will be starting a codeshare agreement, which is very beneficial for customers looking to book tickets without having to book on several airline websites.
The New Agreement Between Aer Lingus and American
A codeshare is where one airline puts its “code” on another airline’s route and markets that route as if they were flying it themselves. While Aer Lingus and American won’t be offering codeshares on all routes, some of the most popular routes of where passengers are coming from will be introduced first.
American will place its code on these Aer Lingus operated routes:
- Dublin (DUB) to Amsterdam (AMS)
- Dublin (DUB) to Birmingham (BHX)
- Dublin (DUB) to London (LGW)
- Dublin (DUB) to Manchester (MAN)
- London (LHR) to Belfast City (BHD)
- London (LHR) to Cork (ORK)
- London (LHR) to Dublin (DUB)
- London (LHR) to Shannon (SNN)
Effectively, this allows a passenger to book an American Airlines flight from the U.S. to London or Dublin and then onward to destinations in the U.K., Ireland, and the Netherlands with Aer Lingus, all on 1 ticket. This also means that any luggage will be checked from the U.S. all the way through to your final destination.
Aer Lingus will place its code on these American Airlines operated routes, all from Chicago (ORD):
- Albuquerque (ABQ)
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Nashville (BNA)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Tucson (TUS)
Similar to the previous example, travelers will be able to book an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Chicago and then onwards to U.S. destinations with American, all on 1 reservation.
Both airlines anticipate more codeshare routes being advertised over the coming months.
Hot Tip: Would it make more sense for your travel plans for you to fly to Aer Lingus direct from the U.S.? Check out our definitive guide to Aer Lingus’ direct routes from the U.S., including plane types and seat options.
Codeshare agreements are usually always beneficial for passengers, and there’s no exception here, especially with the business that both American Airlines and Aer Lingus do across the Atlantic. Being able to book everything on 1 seamless ticket is a major win for customers, and something we’ll hopefully see expanded upon over the coming months.
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