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Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:19 pm

I'm going to be heading to Ireland and the UK in late August/September (flying into DUB and back from LHR), and the cheapest fares I'm finding to get over there (from SEA) are on Air Canada. There are 2 or 3 choices in each direction that work out to the same overall fare, so if anyone has advice as to which I should pick, I'm happy to hear it!

Outbound (SEA-DUB):

Choice 1: SEA-YYZ (Embraer 190), 5hr 25min layover, YYZ-DUB (767-300)
Choice 2: SEA-YYZ (Embraer 190), 3hr layover, YYZ-LHR (777-300), 3hr 45min layover, LHR-DUB (BMI A320)

Return (LHR-SEA):

Choice 1: LHR-YVR (777-300), 2hr 10min layover, YVR-SEA (Dash 8-300)
Choice 2: LHR-YYC (A330-300), 2hr layover, YYC-SEA (CRJ200)
Choice 3: LHR-YYC (A330-300), 1hr 45min layover, YYC-YVR (E190), 3hr 20min layover, YVR-SEA (Dash 8-300)
Choice 4: LHR-YEG (767-300), 1hr 25min layover, YEG-YVR (A320), 1hr 55min layover, YVR-SEA (Dash 8-300)

I haven't flown on an A330 or a 773, so it would be cool to work one or both of those in.
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RE: Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:37 pm

I would suggest Choice 2 outbound and choice 2 or 3 return, based on your preferences. Personally speaking I would never include LHR in my itinerary if I could avoid it.
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RE: Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:42 pm

I'd also try and avoid such a long layover in Dublin. It's not a huge airport and you'll be bored after an hour.

Personally, I'd pick 1 and 2. I'd avoid Heathrow at all costs because frankly - It's a hell hole of doom and you'll not want to transfer through there. I've flown from there and that was bad enough, I wasn't even connecting.
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RE: Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:17 am

Did you check the fares on SEA-AMS-DUB? If not that low, try splitting the tickets. SEA-AMS-SEA and EI lowcost AMS-DUB-AMS. AMS is the best airport for connections and spotting.
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RE: Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:04 am

I would go for #2 outbound and #3 on the return. The two times I transfered through LHR it wasn't nearly as bad as it is usually made out to be, and your connection is definitely long enough. It's a great opportunity to try the 773 (and get the A330 on the return) but if you get stressed going through airports it obviously isn't the best idea. I personally like the long bus rides (when they're aboveground) and exploring the terminals, but I know I'm weird.

As far as the return, in your position I'd take the connection through Calgary. #3 has the advantage of not flying a CRJ, and you get to fly into YVR (it sounds like you're the type who enjoys flying), a flight over the Rockies to a very nice airport. I'm not even sure if you can skip Canadian customs in YYC by connecting directly to the U.S. Can anyone who's made that connection before confirm this?

Enjoy the trip.
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RE: Help Me Pick My AC Routing To Ireland/UK

Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:10 am

Quoting EDICHC (Reply 1):
I would never include LHR in my itinerary if I could avoid it.
Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 2):
I'd avoid Heathrow at all costs

I dont know what you guys have had for experience at LHR, but I have flown throught it several times without any problems.

Back to the OPs question. I would go for option 2 on the outbound journey and option 3 back home simply because you will be able to add the 77W and A330 to your log and because it will give you a total of 6flights rather than 4.
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