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Free Elite Status Match-Aer Lingus+Queen's Jubilee

Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:03 am





Hello and welcome to my latest report . It was early May that Aer Lingus offered myself and another Anetter a free status match to the Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club. Aer Lingus kindly offered us their top tier Elite status and not long after the match we had our cards and tags delivered to us . Aer Lingus must have then seen an opportunity as shortly after they emailed current Gold Circle members and started to advertise the fact that they were matching former BMI Golds. Posters appeared at Dublin Airport and a website was set up .

For many years in the 90's I used to be top tier with Aer Lingus and back then they were a Oneworld member. I used to fly EI and their partners all the time . Then Aer Lingus left Oneworld and went down the LCC route. The Gold Circle club became very lame and I decided to switch to BMI and Star Alliance. Fast forward a decade and Aer Lingus seems to be finding their way again and starting to enhance their Gold Circle club again . New lounges and ability to choose Gold Circle points earning fares have all been a welcome change.

I never thought that I would be Gold Circle Elite again or even be interested in it but this offer from Aer Lingus was a welcome change in policy and made me think twice.

So time to book flights and of course this time the choice would be Aer Lingus   It was my Mothers 60th Birthday and so I had to be there . I decided to book Aer Lingus DUB-LGW. The weekend also clashed with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations but I was quite looking forward to being in London for that . I decided to take the first early morning flight into LGW despite working til midnight the day before . I would be tired but what can you do .



The Friday night at work went quicklty enough and when I left at midnight it was time to head home to take a quick shower and then head back out to get the 2am bus to Dublin Airport from Newry .

SMS from Aer Lingus :





The bus was quite full with people all heading on holidays . The journey was only one hour so by 3am I arrived into Dublin Airport.

 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:03 am



DATE: 02/JUN/2012
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: DUBLIN - LONDON GATWICK
FLIGHT: EI 230
CLASS: ECONOMY
SEAT: 29F
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DEA NAMED : ST FIDELMA



I then made my way to Terminal 2 to check in .

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Shortly after I checked in , the Gold Circle desk was not open so just checked in at the standard check in desk.
I put my bag on the scales and the agent asked me where I was going to . I said London . He said ''Heathrow'' I said yes. Then he looked and said I cant find you on the Heathrow . I then said oh sorry its Gatwick   I appologised and said that I had been up all night to which he smiled and said ''no problem''. He gave me my Boarding pass and advised me the Gold Circle lounge would be open at 0515am.

To kill time I decided I would have a very early breakfast at McDonalds   So I made my way to T1 .
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:04 am

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TK Desk :

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Soon after time to head back to T2 and go through security.

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:05 am

I was killing time still so decided to go for a walk around .

Status match posters :

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I then headed over to look at the old B Gates :

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Soon it was time to go to the Gold Circle lounge :

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I was welcomed in as the first guest of that day and the lounge agent looked at the boarding pass and asked me if I was ok with the allocated seat. I was offered a seat at the front but I declined thanking her for her gesture. I was quite impressed by that .

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The Card/BP shot   I love the design of these cards .

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What a lovely model :

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:06 am

Soon it was time to head to the gate :

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Boarding was called soon after and Gold Circle members were invited to board at their leisure .

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Safety demo :

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We made our way to the runway to take off :

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Soon after take off the crew were released for their BOB service. I have to say the crew were very friendly and in good spirits considering the time of day .
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:07 am

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Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-2081.jpg

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The flight went so fast and soon we were landing into LGW .

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So we pulled up to the gate and it was time to disembark thanking the crew .

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I made my way to the baggage reclaim and soon my bag came off.

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I then made my way to the Gatwick Airport train station where I took at train to Clapham Junction. I then had to change and get the train to my Mums .

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I arrived shortly after and then met up with my Mum and we decided to go out shopping and to eat.

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Getting into the Jubilee spirit :

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So time to eat and of course where else   I love it when we go there we get such a nice welcome from the manager and staff . They are always asking these days ''just landed from Ireland ?''  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-890.jpg

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So after a lovely meal as usual we decided to hit the shops .

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Epsom was decorated nicely and lots of Jubilee sales and stalls . It was nice to see everyone making the effort.

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Local pub :

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Old bus :

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So that evening it was time for me to pack my suitcase with the shopping from M&S and get ready for my next flight to warmer climates  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A3JUNE/file-1601.jpg

We then got some take away chinese :

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I was very tired by that stage having been up with no sleep at all so I said goodnight to my Mum and went to bed. My Mum thanked me for the joint gift that my Sister and I got her which was a Diamond watch . Well it was a special birthday so we wanted to get something very special for a wonderful Mum  

So thats the end of this report . My next report will be my onward travels from Heathrow including a very nervous journey to the Airport .

Aer Lingus did what they do best and provided a great service and decent BOB product. The Gold Circle Elite card will come in useful and I aim to maintain Gold Circle status . This Winter Im taking a break from work and going travelling so will do lots of flights with Aer Lingus as well as Star Alliance so its all good  

Thanks for reading the report and I look forward to and appreciate your comments as usual.

Best wishes

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:22 am

Great report as usual.....you don't half like your chuck.  DUB is looking good these days compared to how I remember it.   

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:39 am

Another excellent report, man!

I'm a little surprised though that you went for McDonalds!

Keep 'em coming.
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:13 am

Great report as usual. Always more interesting reading a report when you've been to the same places yourself. Just wish I'd taken in more of DUB T2 when I was there - I was more interested in heading up to the lounge though!
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:26 am

Quoting comeflywithme (Reply 6):
Great report as usual.....you don't half like your chuck.  DUB is looking good these days compared to how I remember it.   

LOL... thanks   Glad you enjoyed it . Yes DUB has changed alot for the better in recent times.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 7):
Another excellent report, man!

Hey there M   Nice to see you around and hope all is well ?

Quoting EISHN (Reply 7):
I'm a little surprised though that you went for McDonalds!

Well you know me Caviar one day McDonalds the next Im no snob LOL...   Everything in moderation does no harm .

Quoting EISHN (Reply 7):
Keep 'em coming.

Will do  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Great report as usual. Always more interesting reading a report when you've been to the same places yourself. Just wish I'd taken in more of DUB T2 when I was there - I was more interested in heading up to the lounge though!

Hey James . Yeah indeed I agree . Well there is always a chance to come back to DUB you know   T2 is a lovely building and I always enjoy going through there. They really did well with it .
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:16 am

Nice TR  

EI really seem to be upping their game which is great. I'm delighted to see that they've changed their coffee supplier to Kenco Milicano!
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:24 am

Nice report as usual Philip!

Ah, so this is where you were when we were all in Berlin  
I know what you mean about the McDo meal. A guilty pleasure from time to time!
Nice gesture for EI to match, looks like they may get some more business from you as a result.

And a nice gift for your mum - though I'm sure your visit means more to her.

Thanks!

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:33 am

Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 10):
Nice TR  

Thanks  
Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 10):
EI really seem to be upping their game which is great. I'm delighted to see that they've changed their coffee supplier to Kenco Milicano!

Yes they do indeed and its great to see a bit of the old Aer Lingus shining through again . Do you really like that stuff ? They rave about it at work but Im a Nespresso freak and love intense 10 strength and this just didnt do it for me . Maybe Im too fussy but Id love them to do something stronger and richer .

BTW do you have the link to your Youtube videos and are they in HD ? I got a new Apple TV and want to watch some of them on my TV .  
Quoting signol (Reply 11):
Nice report as usual Philip!

Hi Robin thanks  
Quoting signol (Reply 11):
Ah, so this is where you were when we were all in Berlin  

Yes so you can imagine why I couldnt attend . I knew it would clash so didnt put my name forward. I would have loved to meet you all but Im sure you understand Mum came first lol... I wouldnt be popular going to an Anet meet and not seeing her.

Quoting signol (Reply 11):
I know what you mean about the McDo meal. A guilty pleasure from time to time!
Nice gesture for EI to match, looks like they may get some more business from you as a result.

And a nice gift for your mum - though I'm sure your visit means more to her.

Indeed sometimes you just need that . Some people turn their nose up at McDonalds and then go eat something worse but because its served in a sit down restaurant its suddenly ok LOL...

Indeed EI will get more business from me . As I said Im taking the Winter off and will explore their network once more  
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:05 pm

Hi Philip
As always an excellent TR, interesting to see T2 so quiet. Seeing those pics of the EI GC lounge as me more excited about my upcoming trip. Look forward to reading the next report  
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:42 pm

Very nice report Phil....only your reports are complete with a retro EI A320 and some food pictures at Jimmy Spices!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Aer Lingus kindly offered us their top tier Elite status

Thanks you SO much for drawing this to my attention...I've sent of my application, shortly hoping to be matched....looks like my next trip to Ireland might be on EI for the first time in many years, and I'll be able to have a drink in the lounge before hand...so long Ryanair!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one

Looks tasty, although was there any ketchup?
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:31 pm

Quoting eicvd (Reply 13):
Hi Philip
As always an excellent TR, interesting to see T2 so quiet. Seeing those pics of the EI GC lounge as me more excited about my upcoming trip. Look forward to reading the next report  

Hey Mark thanks for the reply. Yes good things for you to look forward to on your trip (s)  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Very nice report Phil....only your reports are complete with a retro EI A320 and some food pictures at Jimmy Spices!

Hi Gabriel thanks for stopping by . Indeed wouldnt be mine without it LOL

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Thanks you SO much for drawing this to my attention...I've sent of my application, shortly hoping to be matched....looks like my next trip to Ireland might be on EI for the first time in many years, and I'll be able to have a drink in the lounge before hand...so long Ryanair!

Arr thats great glad you can get something out of it too . Its a nice wee card to have . It will certainly be nice for you to make a trip and try EI and the lounges again . You should get your card in 10-14 days so quite quick. Your status online will update on the 1st July . They do a sweep every month .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 14):
Looks tasty, although was there any ketchup?

Not for me I like the HP brown sauce on my fry .  
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:51 pm

Hello Philip,

I suspected you might be taken away with the celebrations of the Jubilee. Congratulations, I was looking on in envy from Saudi Arabia.

Lots of nice food photos - you know how we like those.

The lounge has a very nice feel to it indeed, but perhaps some of the F&B offerings were a little 'packaged'. I like the use of materials in the design and it gives it a nice identity.

Breakfast looked cracking too!

So, don't you normally take the X26!? Clapham Jctn is a good compensation, it is one of the busiest railways stations in the world I think!

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:43 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I was welcomed in as the first guest of that day and the lounge agent looked at the boarding pass and asked me if I was ok with the allocated seat. I was offered a seat at the front but I declined thanking her for her gesture. I was quite impressed by that

The staff in the lounge are extremely good like this.

Twice I have arrived early enough to get out on an earlier flight (from DUB to LHR) and they have offered to change me over and I accepted. It is good that this is not advertised as I think it's a great thing to be offered. Of course, you have to be hand baggage only, but I usually am, so...  

Nice report - especially liked the photo of the card and the bag tags - both of which I hadn't seen before! (Still waiting for my Green Card to arrive as it were   )
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Hello Philip,

Hey Luke  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
I suspected you might be taken away with the celebrations of the Jubilee. Congratulations, I was looking on in envy from Saudi Arabia.

I can imagine Id rather be in London than the 50c heat that it must be there now !

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
The lounge has a very nice feel to it indeed, but perhaps some of the F&B offerings were a little 'packaged'. I like the use of materials in the design and it gives it a nice identity.

Yes well I guess its standard offerings but later in the day they offer sandwiches so not too bad.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
Breakfast looked cracking too!

Yes it was always a nice one.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16):
So, don't you normally take the X26!? Clapham Jctn is a good compensation, it is one of the busiest railways stations in the world I think!

When I flt to LHR thats the bus I get but when I go to LGW its the train . Yes it was very busy as the Epsom races were on too . Everyone dressed up .

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 17):
The staff in the lounge are extremely good like this.

Yes I remember the nice lounge staff. Glad they have not changed.

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 17):
Twice I have arrived early enough to get out on an earlier flight (from DUB to LHR) and they have offered to change me over and I accepted. It is good that this is not advertised as I think it's a great thing to be offered. Of course, you have to be hand baggage only, but I usually am, so...  

Thats a nice perk and doesnt really cost them anything . Worth knowing in future.  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 17):
(Still waiting for my Green Card to arrive as it were   )

They are lovely too .  
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:16 pm

Hi, Phil,

what a great set of pictures from DUB airport. I´ve never been there since a long time, but should change that definitely.
Beside that, a well done story, good work.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

Aer Lingus did what they do best and provided a great service and decent BOB product. The Gold Circle Elite card will come in useful and I aim to maintain Gold Circle status . This Winter Im taking a break from work and going travelling so will do lots of flights with Aer Lingus as well as Star Alliance so its all good

Hey, looking forward for more new stories form you´re hand.

Greetings,
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:35 am

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):

Hi Markus thanks for stopping by   Yes I think you only saw Terminal 1 before . Im sure you would really like Terminal 2 and the new Aer Lingus lounge  
 
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:47 am

Hello Philip,

Nice picturesque report on the good’ole Aer Lingus. I see you did not abandon your old love   I originally thought Aer Lingus would be going more or less the Ryanair way, but it’s good to see they still make a difference.

I think the offer on the status match was welcome to you since you’re a pretty frequent flyer ex-DUB.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Well sometimes you just have to have some junk food

In spite of trying to keep ‘the balance’  

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one

Looks quite alright, is it good value?

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:22 pm

Hi Philip,

Good to read this nice TR

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I never thought that I would be Gold Circle Elite again or even be interested in it but this offer from Aer Lingus was a welcome change in policy and made me think twice.

Hehe, well, never say never, I guess!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I decided to take the first early morning flight into LGW despite working til midnight the day before . I would be tired but what can you do .

Yeah, happens to me too when I have a 6 am flight, usually fall asleep very late anyway and sometimes I just do not go to sleep as 3 hours would just make me more confused.

Good to see some very nice pictures from DUB--very empty in the middle of the night. Nice to see some pics from your destination as well; hope you enjoyed your time with your Mum  

Looking forward to your next report!

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:25 pm

Hola Philip!

Great Report, I think one gets used to every A.netter's own style and yours performs on the top list for the quality of the pictures and the attention to detail... well done!

I think Aer Lingus did a great job offering status match to clients like you and if they ever read your report they will be more than happy to see how nicely some of their customers talk about them  

The new terminal at BUD looks wonderful at night... it is a really beautiful building, thanks for the pictures at that time of the night I think we would not be able to see too many.

The Gold Circle Lounge seems very nicely furnished and well stuffed for customers and the views on the apron make it a great place to spend some time... I would not personally mind.

Man,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Well sometimes you just have to have some junk food
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
So time to eat and of course where else
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
We then got some take away chinese :

are you forgetting your Mediterranean roots?  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
get ready for my next flight to warmer climates

I am looking forward to reading about them!

Salut!

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:54 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):

Hey Nils  

Yes I will always choose EI if the price and route suits . They often have better flight times for a day trip Ex Ireland or a weekend with a late return .

As for the food . Everything is balanced so still keeping focused   Breakfast €7.50 IIRC not a bad price.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 22):

Hi alex  

Yes it was very empty and quiet . I hate 6am flights my ideal is 10-11am  
I had a great time with my Mum thanks I always do as we get on so well a relationship I will always cherish.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 23):

Hola Roger  

Did you like the Vodafone Barcelona barman Ad I took for you ?   lol..

Thanks for the compliment Im glad you like my style we all mostly have different ones and thats what makes this a wonderful TR forum   .

BUD ? Lol I think you mean DUB ? Too much Sangria Roger ?   Pour me some too lol ...

I didnt forget the roots dont worry   Everything in moderation .

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:04 pm

Hola Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
BUD ? Lol I think you mean DUB ?

Need to visit the optician soon. ευχαριστίες!

I saw the ad... nice to see they thinks of one's hometown even on the islands up North!

Salut!

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Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:00 pm

Great report Philip! Gotta fly one of these green birds someday, I've always been fond of "The Shamrock".  

Nice of Aer Lingus to offer Bmi Gold members that, seems like they're a fine airline.

Looking forward to your next report, Sveinn  
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Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:39 am

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 25):
Need to visit the optician soon. ευχαριστίες!

I saw the ad... nice to see they thinks of one's hometown even on the islands up North!

Haha dont worry Im as bad   Yes I thought of you when I saw that ad .

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 26):
Great report Philip! Gotta fly one of these green birds someday, I've always been fond of "The Shamrock".  

Hi Sveinn  

Yes if its missing on your list you should certainly try it . We need a DUB-KEF flight because I have always wanted to go to Iceland . Its always been a dream of mine to visit the Blue Lagoon  
Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 26):
Looking forward to your next report, Sveinn  

Thanks hopefully it wont be too far away .
 
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Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:41 pm

Hi Philip!

Nice report with nice pictures ! Seems like a nice little getaway to London! EI seems nice even for such a short flight. Very smart of them to go after BMI flyers!

Looking forward to your next report!

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Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:03 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 28):

Hi Lars thanks for reading and the reply  

Yes EI have a decent European product . Their USA product needs some improvements still though. Good of them to recognise that a ststus match would generate more business for them and loyalty. It cant do them any harm anyway .
 
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:02 pm

Hey Philip,

Another great report. You can make even the most ordinary of trips look exciting.   Very kind of EI to offer you the Elite match. I'd been saying for ages that it would make sense. I know I've booked far more flights with them since they matched me.

Looking forward to reading about the next part of this trip.

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Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:05 pm

Hi Phil,

So nice of Aer Lingus to offer you a free Gold Circle status card, so of course you had to give them some business of course. Not sure if that status card is much of use to anyone outside Ireland due to the lack of any alliance membership or even partner airlines, but I'm sure glad it works for you. That Dublin lounge looks good, so much better than that tired old Anna Livia place I've been to a couple of times. Apart from the lounge access what other perks do you get from the tier status? Free luggage allowance? Possiblity to upgrade on long haul? Discount on BOB (I doubt this)?

Aer Lingus has always been a very nice airline to fly - sure they had to turn into a sort of a LCC thanks to Ryanair's heavy competition but at least they still kept their class and didn't turn nasty, just cheaper and BOB. The crews have always been great and the planes clean. I certainly hope they will survive this latest takeover attack by Ryanair, the people of Ireland deserve a better airline than FR to connect their island to the world!

You sure take great care of your old (well not so actually!) mom, well done! Can't wait to see where you are heading from London the next, although I assume it will be the "sick man of Europe" again...

PS. Am I imagining things or did you have three or so breakfasts that morning?  
 
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Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:04 pm

Hi Philip,

thanks for this enjoyable and interesting report, and congrats of course for the Gold Circle Card. I really liked the pictures of the empty Dublin airport at night. And seems like you had a nice flight with EI here, despite the BOB only I think they are still a very nice airline.

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:19 am

Hi Philip,

Thanks for the great TR about your flight on EI to LGW and reports about the diamond jubilee weekend. What a fitting gift you got for your mum - a diamond watch!

I used to live in Epsom when I was a teen. I went back last year for a visit after almost a decade of absence. Not a lot changed except for the sparkling new shopping centre and new blocks near the station which I guess is where you went to on the trip down to the Jimmy's. Thanks for the pic - seems little has changed since last year!

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:17 am

Nice report as usual!

That newer terminal al DUB sure looks great, as does the lounge.
And thanks for the Jubilee pictures, nice to see some pictures of the celebrations in the towns.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one

Looks okay, how much was it?
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:09 am

Great report again Philip!

Looks like you had a great Jubilee weekend in London!

The Lounge in DUB looks really nice. Perhaps I'll try the status match too!  
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Hi,

Nice report there about your DUB to LGW experience on EI.

It's nice that you got the offer for the status match from EI.  

I guess you had lots of time to wander through the airport, since the bus got you there pretty early. DUB looked pretty good in some of those pics by the way - especially in the Terminal 2 areas.

Glad you had a nice trip to visit your mother, and get to partake of some of the jubilee atmosphere.

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:26 pm

Great report.
I was impressed by the amount of German carriers in DUB...
I didn't knew Germania was flying from DUB to AGP. Do you know where to AB and X3 flights were flying to?
 
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:55 pm

Hi Philip

Nice catching up on your latest story.
Congrats on the free circle card you got from EI, a very nice gesture.
Otherwise seems that you had a good flight. Impressed by the Breakfast on the flight to LGW.


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Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:35 am

Great report Philip.

Nice to see you had a decent flight with Aer Lingus, the status match was a surprise move by them but a good one. Lovely photos of Epsom during the Jubilee weekend as well, they didn't make much of an effort here in Harrow unfortunately.

Looking forward to your next report!

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Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:03 am

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 30):
Hey Philip,

Hey Gareth thanks for the reply.  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 30):
I'd been saying for ages that it would make sense. I know I've booked far more flights with them since they matched me.

Yes it certainly made sense and didnt do them any harm put it that way . I have booked EI to based on that match so its going to get them business again for sure.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 30):
Looking forward to reading about the next part of this trip.

Well its already up :

GREECE-Business (Class) As Usual A3+BA New Lounge. (by OA260 Jun 22 2012 in Trip Reports)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Hi Phil,

Hi P thanks for stopping by  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
So nice of Aer Lingus to offer you a free Gold Circle status card, so of course you had to give them some business of course. Not sure if that status card is much of use to anyone outside Ireland due to the lack of any alliance membership or even partner airlines, but I'm sure glad it works for you.

Well true but for Gareth and I based here it makes sense for us . This Winter I will be flying them to EU capitals with their Winter sale fares so will come in handy as they also have lounge agreements with all major cities they serve  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
Apart from the lounge access what other perks do you get from the tier status? Free luggage allowance? Possiblity to upgrade on long haul? Discount on BOB (I doubt this)?

You dont get too much bar lounge access but you do get good service in the lounges and sometimes standby for earlier flights and get better seating .

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 31):
PS. Am I imagining things or did you have three or so breakfasts that morning?  

Yes I did indeed although it was spread out over a few hours and one was healthy  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 32):
I really liked the pictures of the empty Dublin airport at night.

Hi thanks for the reply . It was great being able to take photos when it was nearly empty . T2 is lovely when its like that .

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 33):
What a fitting gift you got for your mum - a diamond watch!

Haha indeed I thought that too . Quite fitting .

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 33):
Not a lot changed except for the sparkling new shopping centre and new blocks near the station which I guess is where you went to on the trip down to the Jimmy's. Thanks for the pic - seems little has changed since last year!

I like Epsom as English towns go . Its pleasant and has decent shops and cafes. I always enjoy going there.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 34):
Nice report as usual!

Hi Robert many thanks for the reply.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 34):
Looks okay, how much was it?

EUR7.50 so not bad at all.

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 35):
Great report again Philip!

Hey D thanks for the reply .  
Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 35):
The Lounge in DUB looks really nice. Perhaps I'll try the status match too!  

Yes you should go for it . Nothing to loose  
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 36):
It's nice that you got the offer for the status match from EI.  

Hi thanks for comments it was indeed a nice gesture and greatly appreciated .

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 36):
I guess you had lots of time to wander through the airport, since the bus got you there pretty early. DUB looked pretty good in some of those pics by the way - especially in the Terminal 2 areas.

Yes as I posted above its nice when its empty .

Quoting reifel (Reply 37):
I was impressed by the amount of German carriers in DUB...
I didn't knew Germania was flying from DUB to AGP. Do you know where to AB and X3 flights were flying to?

Yes quite a few carriers and I believe the AB one was headed to Zakynthos   Nice to see Germany doing its bit for Greek tourism LOL...

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 38):
Hi Philip

Hey Marc  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 38):
Nice catching up on your latest story.
Congrats on the free circle card you got from EI, a very nice gesture.
Otherwise seems that you had a good flight. Impressed by the Breakfast on the flight to LGW.

Thanks Marc . Yes EI has a decent EU product its quite consistant and pleasant .

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 39):
Great report Philip.

Hey Kev great to hear from you  
Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 39):
Nice to see you had a decent flight with Aer Lingus, the status match was a surprise move by them but a good one. Lovely photos of Epsom during the Jubilee weekend as well, they didn't make much of an effort here in Harrow unfortunately.

Shame they didnt do anything in your area Epsom was lovely it really put people in good moods. I guess its up to a whole community to come together and some just dont bother which is a shame.

Did you do the status match too Kev ? Would be handy for you .
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:43 pm

My friend Philip,

First of all, happy 60th birthday to your beloved Mom.  
My mom turned 61 last June 1st .  

I do not know why it took me so long to reply on such heartwarming report of yours. Your Mom must be proud of you being her son.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Well sometimes you just have to have some junk food  

Pancakes with maple syrup. How sinfully delicious!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
No Choc lounge as it was closed

What a pity. Your visit to Choc lounge has always been the trademark of your reports.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I was offered a seat at the front but I declined thanking her for her gesture. I was quite impressed by that .

Kudos to her! The spirit is in the air!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Safety demo :

By a good looking FA.  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Something Aer Lingus has always done well and thats the breakfast ! So of course I decided to buy one

I wish I could have it for breakfast this morning.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
So time to eat and of course where else  

Jimmy Spices! Another trademark of yours.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
We then got some take away chinese :

That’s what I call tantalizing take away Chinese.   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Well it was a special birthday so we wanted to get something very special for a wonderful Mum  

A special gift from a wonderful son.  

By the way, I like the split up. It makes easy for commenting.

Best regards,
Suryo.  

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Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:16 pm

Hi Phillip,

Another great report as usual. Very nice of EI to match your status. The lounge sure looks nice  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Well sometimes you just have to have some junk food

Nice and healthy!  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The Card/BP shot

Love that shot hehe

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
What a lovely model

Great model!

cheers,
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Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:18 pm

Hi Philip!

Nice report again! Nice of Aer Lingus to status match you. They seem to be quite a nice carrier, I'd like to fly them some day. I almost made a booking on their ARN-DUB route this summer but I was too slow so the price went up.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The Friday night at work went quicklty enough and when I left at midnight it was time to head home to take a quick shower and then head back out to get the 2am bus to Dublin Airport from Newry .

Wow, that is early, haha!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

SMS from Aer Lingus :

Nice of them to clearly inform you when check-in and bagdrop would open. I like that.

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Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:47 am

Hi Philip,

Bit late with my reply, sorry! Good to read about the status match, certainly a great offer worth having.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I decided to take the first early morning flight into LGW despite working til midnight the day before . I would be tired but what can you do .

Now that's a feeling I know very well!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
No Choc lounge as it was closed and I wouldnt be fit to eat there anyway

Shame, I was looking forward to some mouth-watering pictures  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I arrived shortly after and then met up with my Mum and we decided to go out shopping and to eat.

Your Mum is very lucky having a son who enjoys going shopping with her  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
They are always asking these days ''just landed from Ireland ?''

That also sounds very familiar! There's a Swiss cafe in my hometown and whenever I'm visiting Mum we go there for lunch.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
So that evening it was time for me to pack my suitcase with the shopping from M&S and get ready for my next flight to warmer climates

I'm sure if our bags every go missing it would be very easy to describe the contents: new clothes from M&S!
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Well it was a special birthday so we wanted to get something very special for a wonderful Mum

How nice. I'm sure she loved it.

Happy flying
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