Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ireland on sale? More like giving itself away.

As an Irish American, I must say that my Irish eyes have been smiling a lot lately. You see my favorite country to visit outside of the US is so damn cheap to visit it is making me want to book a trip to the Emerald Isle right now. Unfortunately I already have 3 trips (one of them being a month in Eastern Europe), so I am good for now.

I will however touch down in Ireland for a brief moment, because my layover from New York's JFK to Krakow is in Dublin. Can you say mad dash to the airport pub for a pint of the black gold (Guinness)?

Now I have seen some deals come in as low as $315 r/t this Spring! While under $400 fares are becoming harder to find as each we get closer to Spring, you can definitely still find some gems out there. Here are some helpful links to get you started on your vacation to Ireland:

Aer Lingus: Of course you can not mention flights to Ireland and leave out the country's biggest airline. But Aer Lingus is seriously on fire this year with deals to not only Ireland, but to many top European destinations like Brussels, Krakow and Nice. Fares to Ireland via Aer Lingus start as low as $199 each way between April 1 and June 15. If you are looking for Summer travel, then their one way fares start as $283 between June 16 and August 22.

Continental Airlines: Today is one month until St. Patrick's Day and if you are looking for a last minute jaunt across the pond for that holiday then check out Continental, which still has low fares nonstop to Dublin out of Newark for $423 (Based on a Sunday/Monday March 15/16 arrival and a Monday March 23 return; round-trip with taxes and fees included). While that is not the cheapest fare I saw for St Patty's week (It was as low as $315 back in January), it is still much lower than visiting many parts of Europe this Spring. Do a Kayak search and be flexible with the date of arrival and departure option or visit Continental Airlines direct.

Dooley Vacations: Want to see more of Ireland for less? Then book a vacation package this Spring or Summer. Dooley Vacations is one of the many companies that are offering travelers much to do without breaking the bank. One package in particular that stood out was the "Ireland Two-City Vacation" starting at $599, which includes a 3-night stay at the Strand Hotel in Limerick and 3-nights at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Plus the package includes r/t airfare, 3-day manual shift car rental (pick up Shannon Airport & drop off Dublin Airport on Day 4 by 6pm. Transfer to Regency Hotel will be provided), full Irish breakfast daily and even a discount booklet to save while on the trip. Check out Dooley Vacations for more information and pricing.

For more Ireland vacation packages, starting as low as $349, check out Travel Zoo and their European Vacations section.

Hopefully these links have provided you with some ideas on how cheap is it right now to fly to Ireland. May your days in Ireland be filled with plenty of craic (fun and enjoyment).

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