Aer Lingus has launched a new Saver fare for its transatlantic services, designed to compete with the growing number of low-cost long-haul alternatives.The new option, which Aer Lingus says is aCUAaA*our new lowest available fare for transatlantic flightsaCUAaA[sup.1], unbundles aCUAaA*extrasaCUAaA[sup.1] like checked luggage, seat selection, blankets and headphones.
Customers purchasing the Saver fare will receive a one-piece 10kg hand luggage allowance, as well as an onboard meal and access to in-flight entertainment, with other services and amenities available on a paid-for basis.Those preferring to have the extras included in their fare will need to stick to the carrieraCUAaA[acute accent]s existing Smart fare.
Saver fares start from aCUAcA[umlaut]169 each way when booked as a return, and are available for purchase now, for travel from October 1.Note that the Saver fare is only available on point-to-point transatlantic fares from Dublin and it cannot be booked from the UK, on, say, a Heathrow-Dublin-New York JFK routing.
Aer Lingus is finding its transatlantic network being squeezed by the growth in low-cost carriers including Norwegian,which recently launched flights to the US from four Irish cities.
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