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Boston, London, Dublin in Biz Class

Old Aug 3, 19, 4:55 pm
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Boston, London, Dublin in Biz Class

Hi All,

First time poster. I'm trying to book a mid-week, week-ish long multi leg trip from Boston -> London -> Dublin ->Boston in October, and I'd like to fly Biz Class with no layovers on the transatlantic legs. I have an excess of AmEx points that I'm willing to use to get the cost down.

I don't have a preference on airline.

I'm curious if anyone has advice on the best value method to get this done: Buy an Economy ticket and upgrade with points? Use points to buy a Biz ticket outright? Book w/ Amex and use points there? Transfer points to another airline's loyalty program?

Based on my internet research, Avios seemed to be the best option, and i can currently convert AmEx points to Avios at a 40% bonus (BA and AerLingus). However, BA isn't showing any availability for the entire month of October. Is this a timing thing?

Another possible option seems to be Virigin to London and Aer Lingus to Boston, but that's also very limited availability.

I know this is a pretty precise issue and not an easy question to answer, so any solid info or advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Aug 3, 19, 6:56 pm
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Award travel generally opens at 330 days before travel so trying for premium cabin about 60 days in advance on a limited service routes limits your options and possibilities. Nonstop requirements compound that. As the flights are relatively short you might want to look at premium economy. Saw some availability for that during random searches. VS is showing some J availability on the BOS-LHR route.
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Old Aug 3, 19, 7:27 pm
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Originally Posted by ac617 View Post
First time poster. I'm trying to book a mid-week, week-ish long multi leg trip from Boston -> London -> Dublin ->Boston in October, and I'd like to fly Biz Class with no layovers on the transatlantic legs. I have an excess of AmEx points that I'm willing to use to get the cost down.

I don't have a preference on airline.

I'm curious if anyone has advice on the best value method to get this done: Buy an Economy ticket and upgrade with points? Use points to buy a Biz ticket outright? Book w/ Amex and use points there? Transfer points to another airline's loyalty program?

Based on my internet research, Avios seemed to be the best option, and i can currently convert AmEx points to Avios at a 40% bonus (BA and AerLingus). However, BA isn't showing any availability for the entire month of October. Is this a timing thing?

Another possible option seems to be Virigin to London and Aer Lingus to Boston, but that's also very limited availability.

I know this is a pretty precise issue and not an easy question to answer, so any solid info or advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Are you a member of any frequent flyer programs now?
Very few ffp's allow stopover on wards so will be 2 or more awards if you can get them.

Trans Atlantic business class awards & upgrades are hard to get with any ffp/airline. And close in that's harder
Your itinerary if all one ticket make its harder. Getting all that in 1 airline/alliance may add to complication - cost.

Other options are
  • BOS-LHR/DUB-BOS and separate LON-DUB
  • BOS-DUB-BOS and separate DUB-LON-DUB
  • BOS-LON-BOS and separate LON-DUB-LON
  • and other combinations / airports if cost is a major consideration
London airports are LHR & LGW. Do no just look for LHR.
I would look at buy direct from Amex, if you have a large surplus on MR's (they will not increase in value: only devalue)

Note flying business class from most UK airports incurs the APD (noticeable extra cost)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Passenger_Duty

Edit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan_...tional_Airport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Airport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathrow_Airport
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatwick_Airport
Not many (if any?) common airlines to those 3

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Old Aug 3, 19, 7:32 pm
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I would explore the cost of a BOS-LON//DUB-BOS open-jaw ticket in Business Class if award seats are not available. Fly LON-DUB in Economy, either on a cash ticket, or as a BAEC "Reward Flight Saver" redemption for 4,000-4,500 BA Avios + 17.50 GBP.
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