Finding two seats in business using avios

Old Aug 29, 17, 6:07 am
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Finding two seats in business using avios

Hi, first time poster looking for help 😊.

I have been searching the AVIOS site to get two seats in Business Class on the same flight with Aer Lingus using AVIOS miles to either New York, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco or Los Angeles, but the most I have ever seen is one.

Do they ever offer more than one seat in Business now for miles redemption?

If so, can anybody offer any help on how I could actually get them? I have had tried with no joy in my search attempts and this is over a period of months.

I know that you use to be able to get two together before they joined IAG as I had two to Boston in Business a few years ago using BA miles 🤔.

I also have lots of AMEX points if that could be another angle.

Many thanks
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Old Aug 30, 17, 3:06 am
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There is a roundabout way of doing it on some routes. For example to Dulles. Go to United, log on (create an account if you don't have one). Book flights, business class, non-stop, award travel, two seats and check availability using the monthly planner (look for dates with four dots). Look for non-stop flights only, and those operated by Aer Lingus or ASL airlines (also Aer Lingus in practice).

The availability that shows there is actually the Aer Lingus availability, you can then go back to avios.com then and book the flights that show on the United website. I have checked and this definitely works (e.g. business class out two seats out on March 9th, back March 17th, total 200,000 avios plus €482 taxes).

I am not sure what routes this works on. Basically you are looking for a route that United and Aer Lingus codeshare on, then this works.
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Old Aug 30, 17, 9:35 am
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Originally Posted by preacherirl View Post
The availability that shows there is actually the Aer Lingus availability, you can then go back to avios.com then and book the flights that show on the United website. I have checked and this definitely works (e.g. business class out two seats out on March 9th, back March 17th, total 200,000 avios plus €482 taxes).
€240 p.p taxes seems a bit steep. I've seen some reports that booking via BA (which you have to do by phone as they don't show EI award flights online) will result in the historic low taxes for EI flights, whereas booking online using avios.com results in significantly higher taxes.
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Old Sep 8, 17, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by tangey View Post
240 p.p taxes seems a bit steep. I've seen some reports that booking via BA (which you have to do by phone as they don't show EI award flights online) will result in the historic low taxes for EI flights, whereas booking online using avios.com results in significantly higher taxes.
Are you sure?
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Old Sep 9, 17, 2:49 am
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I've checked in August for SFO and few dates available in J for two.
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Old Sep 9, 17, 2:27 pm
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Originally Posted by williamqian2014 View Post
Are you sure?
Something very shady going on with Avios taxes. Looked at DUB-LGW-DUB next March. EI fare €27.98 plus €98 taxes for a total of €125.98.

Avios looking for 9000 Avios plus €126 in taxes and charges.

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is fraud.
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Old Sep 9, 17, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by preacherirl View Post
There is a roundabout way of doing it on some routes. For example to Dulles. Go to United, log on (create an account if you don't have one). Book flights, business class, non-stop, award travel, two seats and check availability using the monthly planner (look for dates with four dots). Look for non-stop flights only, and those operated by Aer Lingus or ASL airlines (also Aer Lingus in practice).

The availability that shows there is actually the Aer Lingus availability, you can then go back to avios.com then and book the flights that show on the United website. I have checked and this definitely works (e.g. business class out two seats out on March 9th, back March 17th, total 200,000 avios plus 482 taxes).

I am not sure what routes this works on. Basically you are looking for a route that United and Aer Lingus codeshare on, then this works.
You don't need to create an account at all. Simply go to the United web site and search DUB to JFK and the dates and tick the "Search for award travel" box.

The flights that show up as operated by Aer Lingus are the ones you can also book with Avios (through BA, or through Avios, or whatever way...)

Originally Posted by alserire View Post
Something very shady going on with Avios taxes. Looked at DUB-LGW-DUB next March. EI fare 27.98 plus 98 taxes for a total of 125.98.

Avios looking for 9000 Avios plus 126 in taxes and charges.

Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is fraud.
Interesting. I would never use Avios for a short haul Economy redemption for this very reason - you don't save much if anything.
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Old Sep 10, 17, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by FlightDetective View Post
You don't need to create an account at all. Simply go to the United web site and search DUB to JFK and the dates and tick the "Search for award travel" box.

The flights that show up as operated by Aer Lingus are the ones you can also book with Avios (through BA, or through Avios, or whatever way...)



Interesting. I would never use Avios for a short haul Economy redemption for this very reason - you don't save much if anything.
Me neither. I was just amusing myself after I read this thread and the post about the taxes. Have to say I'm disgusted. In essence the flight ends up costing you more than if you paid for it.
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