Aer Lingus self-connecting policy?

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Old Aug 10, 18, 9:46 pm
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What is Aer Lingus policy about self-connection (two Aer Lingus flights on two separate tickets)? Will they check bags through to final destination? Will they rebook in case of a misconnect?
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Old Aug 11, 18, 2:14 am
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Yes they will check bags through to your final destination. Also, the Aer Lingus ground staff at the Dublin transfer desks are very reasonable and if your flight was delayed causing you to miss your connection they'll reorganise it (even if its two separate tickets).

I purchased two separate tickets for JFK-DUB-LHR, there was an 11 hour gap between my DUB and LHR flight so they moved me to the next available flight for free and without hesitating (albeit I travelled in Business and was Gold Circle).
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Old Aug 11, 18, 8:58 am
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Yes they will check bags through to your final destination. Also, the Aer Lingus ground staff at the Dublin transfer desks are very reasonable and if your flight was delayed causing you to miss your connection they'll reorganise it (even if its two separate tickets).

I purchased two separate tickets for JFK-DUB-LHR, there was an 11 hour gap between my DUB and LHR flight so they moved me to the next available flight for free and without hesitating (albeit I travelled in Business and was Gold Circle).
I'm curious if they are as accommodating for Y class travelers.
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Beware of BA metal connections

EI codeshare on BA metal arrives in Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, and you are not allowed to connect via Terminal 2 Flight Connections; this means that you have to clear immigration as if entering Ireland, and there's no priority line for flight connections at T1 immigration. So self-connection there as I discovered is dubious.
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Old Aug 12, 18, 6:10 am
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I'm curious if they are as accommodating for Y class travelers.
Mixed reports on this . Dont take it as a given. It can go either way
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Mixed reports on this . Dont take it as a given. It can go either way
If you arrive late because your flight was delayed they would definitely accomodate you as it was their fault. However, coming from BA or foreign metal might be a different story altogether.
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Do they allow us to access the Business Class lounge at DUB if arriving in Business but departing in Economy on separate tickets?
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Do they allow us to access the Business Class lounge at DUB if arriving in Business but departing in Economy on separate tickets?
Yes, I’ve done this many times, just show your Business ticket and your onward ticket. They wouldn’t be able to tell the difference whether you’re a connecting passenger or not. :-)
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Yes, I’ve done this many times, just show your Business ticket and your onward ticket. They wouldn’t be able to tell the difference whether you’re a connecting passenger or not. :-)
They can as the ticket numbers won't match but they won't care...

They need the boarding card from the US/CA to get access, if you have lost that and are traveling on a single ticket they can look it up easily
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Old Aug 14, 18, 5:22 am
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Yes, I’ve done this many times, just show your Business ticket and your onward ticket. They wouldn’t be able to tell the difference whether you’re a connecting passenger or not. :-)
Surely they can see your itinerary when they scan your boarding pass
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They don't scan the Business boarding card, its a visual check and its noted by hand
The boarding card to onward is scanned, the barcode contains the current flight only and thats what they see

If they want to figure out more its a quick query on Astral, most likely by flight number and surname, though I believe astral can now scan a barcode and load the PNR itself (the I'm not a boarding card bar code in the email confirmation is just the PNR and can be scanned to speed check in or other inquiries though rarely used)

Just to note Dublin Airport doesn't allow 'Self Connecting' but its more like if you hold a EI boarding card no one cares, if you hold a Ryanair one you will be ejected
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Worst case I can always access the other lounge using my PP card.

Does anyone know if the Arrivals Lounge is open? They don't seem to list the hours of that lounge so I'm not sure if I would be able to use it for a quick shower before heading into the city. It seems like a better use of time to grab a bus into the city for a five-hour layover and enjoy a few pints with some fish and chips than sit at the airport.
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Old Sep 22, 18, 11:01 am
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better chance reward/reward or pay/reward ?

Originally Posted by emilio911 View Post
What is Aer Lingus policy about self-connection (two Aer Lingus flights on two separate tickets)? Will they check bags through to final destination? Will they rebook in case of a misconnect?
i've got an ex-DUB (to SFO) reward flight booked ... in the hope of getting my bag checked through from a connecting flight (from LHR), any views as to whether i would be better arriving into DUB on a paid ticket or another reward ticket ?

i will of course book EI metal for the LHR-DUB flight.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 9:56 am
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i've got an ex-DUB (to SFO) reward flight booked ... in the hope of getting my bag checked through from a connecting flight (from LHR), any views as to whether i would be better arriving into DUB on a paid ticket or another reward ticket ?

i will of course book EI metal for the LHR-DUB flight.
I personally don't see how it will make any difference. They will both be on different PNRs.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 10:31 am
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Paid vs reward won't make a difference at all.

You certainly won't get your bag through-checked if you take a BA LHR-DUB flight - not a chance. I'm not sure what EI's policy is, but you might as well take an EI flight to avoid a terminal hassle at DUB, a possibility (?) of getting your bag checked through, and perhaps more flexibility in case something goes wrong.
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