Until recently, American had a NYC-DUB fare priced at $51 (with $202 in additional fuel surcharges). While prices have gone up slightly (the base fare is now $151), sub-$500 roundtrips to Europe are nothing to scoff at.
My starting point for any itinerary like this one is to glance at ExpertFlyer.
|DAY/TIME||PERMITTED SUN THROUGH THU ON EACH TRANSATLANTIC
|SEASONALITY||PERMITTED 26AUG12 THROUGH 23DEC12 OR 05JAN13 THROUGH
31MAR13 ON THE OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON
IS BASED ON DATE OF ORIGIN.
|MINIMUM STAY||TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE
NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE
OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
|MAXIMUM STAY||TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO LATER THAN
MIDNIGHT 180 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN.
|STOPOVERS||STOPOVERS NOT PERMITTED ON THE FARE COMPONENT.|
American tends to use MPM-based routing rules for its international fares; this fare is no different:
/VIA THE ATLANTIC/ MPM 3811 MILEAGE SYSTEM APPLIES BETWEEN ORIGIN AND DESTINATION MILEAGE SYSTEM APPLIES ORIGIN TO DESTINATION TICKETED POINT DEDUCTION OF 550 MILES APPLIES WHEN TRAVEL IS VIA CHI AND/OR DFW AND/OR RDU AND/OR MIA TICKETED POINT DEDUCTION OF 705 MILES APPLIES WHEN TRAVEL IS VIA SUB AREA 21
American directly serves DUB via ORD, but this trip is 4413 miles:
The CHI ticketed point deduction provides an additional 550 miles beyond the 3811 base when we connect in ORD, so routing via O’Hare is permissible. With a base fare in-hand, we now want to try looking for itineraries that might work:
- “c:aa+” specifies that I want to fly on one or more AA-coded flights.
- “/f bc=o” specifies I want to fly under an O booking code.
Unfortunately, since this fare has been around for about a week, the O inventory on AA metal has largely disappeared:
The “c:aa+ c:ei” routing code specifies that I want to fly one or more AA-coded flights then an Aer Lingus-coded flight. On the inbound leg, I need to reverse the order. This search yields some prospective dates:
The next tricky part is trying to actually book this itinerary. Roundtrip quickly stops providing the relevant flights and even Multicity may fail. Generally, my complex revenue trips (including this one) have been booked by calling. Even if the phone booking fee could not be waived, spending $25 to book an itinerary substantially cheaper than the “obvious” trips offered on the airlines’ websites may be worth it.