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The Definitive Guide to Aer Lingus’ Direct Routes From the U.S. [Plane Types and Seat Options]

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Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, has in recent years taken advantage of a favorable geographic location that’s easily accessible from the U.S., and as a result, has added numerous flights to the North American continent. This is especially true for the East Coast of the U.S. As the second-largest airline in Ireland, you should have no trouble finding an Aer Lingus flight from the U.S.

In this guide, we’ll be analyzing all of Aer Lingus’ nonstop routes between the U.S. and Ireland. We’ve got a bit of ground to cover, so let’s begin.

Seat Options by Aircraft Type

Aer Lingus is generally reliable when it comes to operating its aircraft on specific routes. In addition, Aer Lingus’ Dublin base makes for a relatively short flight between Ireland and much of the U.S., so we won’t be seeing high-capacity aircraft such as the Boeing 777, 747, or 787, or the Airbus A380.

Instead, Aer Lingus operates using a mostly point-to-point model to connect cities across the U.S. to Ireland.

Ireland acquires most of its air passengers from tourism, which is why the aircraft operated are smaller than, say, British Airways, which routinely uses the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777.

Check out the table below for the complete Aer Lingus route guide for flights between Ireland and the U.S.:

RouteFlight NumberAircraftCabin ClassesFrequency
Boston (BOS) – Dublin (DUB)EI 132, 136Airbus A330-300Business, Economy2x daily
Boston (BOS) – Shannon (SNN)EI 134Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, EconomyDaily
Chicago (ORD) – Dublin (DUB)EI 122, 124Airbus A330-300Business, Economy2x daily
Cleveland (CLE) – Dublin (DUB)EI 186Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, Economy
3x weekly (begins May 19, 2023)
Hartford (BDL) – Dublin (DUB)EI 130Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, Economy
Daily – seasonal (resumes March 26, 2023)
Los Angeles (LAX) – Dublin (DUB)EI 168Airbus A330-300Business, EconomyDaily
Miami (MIA) – Dublin (DUB)EI 140Airbus A330-300Business, Economy3x weekly
New York (JFK) – Dublin (DUB)EI 104, 106Airbus A330-300, A321neo LRBusiness, Economy2x daily
New York (JFK) – Shannon (SNN)EI 110Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, EconomyDaily – seasonal
Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB)EI 100Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, EconomyDaily
Orlando (MCO) – Dublin (DUB)EI 120Airbus A330-300Business, Economy6x weekly
Philadelphia (PHL) – Dublin (DUB)EI 114Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, EconomyDaily
San Francisco (SFO) – Dublin (DUB)EI 160Airbus A330-300Business, EconomyDaily
Seattle (SEA) – Dublin (DUB)EI 152Airbus A330-300Business, EconomyDaily
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Dublin (DUB)EI 116, 118Airbus A321neo LRBusiness, Economy2x daily

Now, let’s talk a bit about the different ways to fly Aer Lingus using points and miles.

Best Points for Flying Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus happens to be owned by the same parent company as British Airways and Iberia. Both of these carriers are members of the Oneworld Alliance, but Aer Lingus is currently not a formal member.

You can redeem United MileagePlus miles (through North American gateways only), Aer Lingus Avios, British Airways Avios, and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles for travel on Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus doesn’t have many partners you can redeem miles with, but you’ll still have a few options to use points for flights on Aer Lingus.

Hot Tip: Check out our Transfer Partner Calculator to weigh all of your options by loyalty program!

Aer Lingus First Class Options

Unfortunately, Aer Lingus doesn’t currently offer any first class options on its routes between Ireland and the U.S.

Aer Lingus Business Class Options

Aer Lingus A321neo business class. Image Credit: Adventure Parks

The goal of business class is to enjoy a lie-flat bed, good food, and a peaceful flight to your destination.

Aer Lingus doesn’t disappoint in this regard, as long as you pick the best seats. In business class, you’ll enjoy a cheerful inflight experience, decent award redemptions, and good food and beverage selections.

Here are the planes that you can currently fly business class between the U.S. and Ireland — there are both narrow- and wide-body aircraft that Aer Lingus uses for these flights:

  • Airbus A330-200
  • Airbus A330-300
  • Airbus A321neo LR

Aer Lingus A330-200 Business Class

The Airbus A330 is a wide-body aircraft that’s spawned a number of different versions since the jet has been in production, with the -200 variant being among the older ones.

As far as the seats themselves go, there are 23 total in the cabin. These Thompson Vantage XL seats all lie completely flat, though they’re on the small side, with just 21 inches of width and 58 inches of pitch.

Here’s what the seat map looks like:

Aer Lingus A330-200 business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats in this cabin are 3K and 5K, which are both so-called “throne” seats. If you can’t reserve those, the next best seats are the window seats at 3A and 5A.

While it’s harder to find the Aer Lingus A330-200 these days, you may still find it flying the following routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Miami (MIA) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Orlando (MCO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Dublin (DUB) 

Learn about how you can find and choose the best seats in your cabin with our ultimate guide to SeatGuru!

Aer Lingus A330-300 Business Class

The next product we’ll look at is found on the Airbus A330-300, a larger variant of the A330. The cabin itself is larger — you’ll find 30 seats instead of 23, making it 30% larger than the cabin on the -200 variant.

Otherwise, the seats themselves are identical to what you’d find in the -200, with 21 inches of pitch and 58 inches of pitch.

Here’s what the seat map looks like on this aircraft:

Aer Lingus A330-300 business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

As we already discussed, the most preferred seats are the “throne” seats, of which there are 3 in this cabin. These are 3K, 5K, and 7K. You would want to pick 5K first, followed by 3K and 7K last, based on distance from the lavatories.

If the throne seats are all reserved — a very strong possibility — the next-best options are 2A, 4A, and 6A. These are true window seats and are much more private than aisle seats in 3A, 5A, and 7A.

You can generally find the A330-300 flying on the following routes:

  • Boston (BOS) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Dublin (DUB)
  • New York (JFK) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Orlando (MCO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Dublin (DUB)

Aer Lingus A321neo LR Business Class

Finally, there’s Aer Lingus’ relatively new, narrow-body Airbus A321neo LR. The business class cabin on these planes has 16 lie-flat seats in an alternating 2-2 and 1-1 configuration.

Each seat measures 20 inches wide, extends to a bed that measures 78 inches long, and offers 45 inches of pitch when upright.

For context, this seat and configuration most closely resemble JetBlue’s original Mint product, whereby there are throne seats (the best options), and seats without direct aisle access.

Here’s what the seat map looks like:

Aer Lingus A321neo LR business class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats (especially for solo travelers) are 3A, 3K, 5A, and 5K. These are throne seats that provide tons of space all for yourself. Of course, you won’t have a seatmate to worry about, making it ideal for solo travelers.

You’ll find this single-aisle aircraft on the following routes:

  • Boston (BOS) – Shannon (SNN)
  • Cleveland (CLE) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Hartford (BDL) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB) 
  • New York (JFK) – Dublin (DUB)
  • New York (JFK) – Shannon (SNN)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Toronto (YYZ) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Dublin (DUB)

Aer Lingus Premium Economy Class Options

Unfortunately, Aer Lingus doesn’t offer a premium economy product to flyers.

Aer Lingus Economy Class Options

Image Credit: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is known for offering some of the most affordable economy tickets to Ireland and onwards to Europe if you’re willing to take connecting flights.

The seats aren’t the biggest economy seats in the world, but you can make your ride more comfortable by reserving the right seats on the right plane.

Our economy class ranking is as follows:

  • Airbus A321neo LR
  • Airbus A330-200
  • Airbus A330-300

Aer Lingus A321neo LR Economy Class

The A321neo LR has the largest economy seats of all these aircraft. They’re arranged in a 3-3 configuration with a single aisle, and each measures 18 inches wide and offers 32 of pitch.

The seat map looks like this:

Aer Lingus A321neo LR economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats are in row 15, thanks to the exit row. Also, rows 13 and 14 have limited recline, so be sure to avoid those when you can. You’ll also want to avoid rows 13, 14, 25, and 34 if you can due to the restrictive recline, lack of windows, and proximity to lavatories and galleys.

That being said, snagging a seat in row 15 can make the difference between feeling constricted and feeling more free to move around. You’ll find the A321neo LR flown on these nonstop Aer Lingus routes:

  • Boston (BOS) – Shannon (SNN)
  • Hartford (BDL) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB) 
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Dublin (DUB)

Aer Lingus A330-200 Economy Class

The A330-200 has a total of 243 seats in economy. Each of them is 17 inches wide and offers 31 to 32 inches of pitch. The economy cabin is arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration as shown here:

Aer Lingus A330-200 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The exit row seats are located at rows 11 and 29. Row 11 seats are the best in this case, specifically seats 11A and 11C. This is because the seats are located on the opposite side of the lavatory. Instead, there’s only a galley near 11A and 11C.

If you can’t reserve 11A or 11C on Aer Lingus’ A330-200, you can try aiming for the bassinet seats at 11D/E/G to avoid the lavatories. If those are taken, we suggest you choose 11H/K, followed by seats in row 29.

You can find the A330-200 on these Aer Lingus routes to and from the U.S.:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Miami (MIA) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB) 
  • Orlando (MCO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Dublin (DUB) 

Aer Lingus A330-300 Economy Class

Our last choice would be the Aer Lingus A330-300, which is essentially a more-crowded version of the A330-200. The seats are the same design and size, but there are more of them.

Aer Lingus’ A330-300 has 287 economy seats, whereas its A330-200 has 243. The 2-4-2 configuration remains the same, but the positioning of the lavatories and galleys is the main difference.

Check out the cabin configuration below:

Aer Lingus A330-300 economy class seat map. Image Credit: SeatGuru

The best seats in this layout are in rows 8 and 30. Fortunately, there are no lavatories near row 8, and the lavatories near row 30 are significantly further from the seats than is typical.

Those traveling as a couple should pick 2 seats on a single side of the aircraft in the exit rows to maximize comfort.

You’ll be able to find the A330-300 flown by Aer Lingus on these routes between Ireland and the U.S.:

  • Boston (BOS) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Dublin (DUB)
  • New York (JFK) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Newark (EWR) – Dublin (DUB) 
  • Orlando (MCO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Dublin (DUB)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Dublin (DUB)

Final Thoughts

Aer Lingus provides great options for travelers to get to Ireland without requiring positioning flights, especially in the Northeastern U.S.

For example, its network in cities like Hartford (BDL) and Philadelphia (PHL) allows flyers to avoid a connection in larger, busier airports like Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), or Washington, D.C. (IAD).

There’s a clear hierarchy of seats on any given Aer Lingus aircraft, and it will always be in the solo traveler’s best interest to book the business class throne seats. Keep in mind that these are competitive, and window seats are a decent consolation prize.

As far as coach goes, the design of the economy section goes a long way in dictating which rows of seats are best for travelers.

Now, you have the insider’s guide on Aer Lingus’ U.S. routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best way to book Aer Lingus first class?

Unfortunately, Aer Lingus does not offer a first class product on flights between the U.S. and Ireland.

What's the best ways to book Aer Lingus business class?

Aer Lingus business class is one of the best sweet spots for using points and miles, especially from the East Coast of the U.S.

You can use British Airways Avios to book travel on Aer Lingus, though you’ll need to call them to actually book the ticket.

British Airways uses a distance-based award chart and some sweet spots include Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) in off-peak business class for 31,250 Avios one-way. This is a steal because Aer Lingus usually charges 50,000 Avios for the same flight!

If you pair this with transfer bonuses from American Express (up to 40%), then you can get a 6-hour business class flight for as few as 22,321 Amex points.

With Aer Lingus Avios, you can fly to and from San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), or Los Angeles (LAX) for 62,500 Avios during off-peak dates.

Check out our guide on how to best redeem Aer Lingus Avios for more information.

What are the best ways to book Aer Lingus premium economy class?

Unfortunately, Aer Lingus does not offer a premium economy product.

What's the best ways to book Aer Lingus economy class?

Aer Lingus charges 13,000 Avios each way in economy for all routes except Dublin (DUB) to Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA). It charges 16,250 Avios for these longer routes.

When using BA Avios, the Boston-Dublin route is a “sweet spot” that costs 10,000 Avios off-peak and 12,500 Avios during peak times.

About Stephen Au

Stephen is an established voice in the credit card space, with over 70 to his name. His work has been in publications like The Washington Post, and his Au Points and Awards Consulting Services is used by hundreds of clients.


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