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Aer Lingus vs. Icelandair
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Anyone have any preferance? I am looking to book a flight from Boston to Paris and these two airlines both have flights at a similar length and for a similar price with similar services.

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Never been on either but the Icelandair one stops about midway and may break up your trip a little more.  If you plan on sleeping though I guess it really doesn’t matter. 

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I’ve never flown Aer Lingus but i did fly Iceland Air on that same route last year. The plane was decent and they had some basic inflight enterainment. They also offered free meals on every leg of the trip (including both flights between Iceland and Paris which I found suprising). They also offer the best coffee that I have ever had, bar none!! One thing to consider is a stop over in Iceland for a few days. They dont charge any extra for it and it’s a neat place to spend 2 or 3 days.

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I’ve also flown Icelandair, but not Aer Lingus (yet). All their flights connect via Keflevik, and all Lingus flights connect via Dublin (or Shannon). I would consider the info at www.seatguru.com when deciding. Connecting via Iceland, and the possibility of stopover for no additional airfare (which Icelandair allows for up to 7 days) would be a consideration for me (like yabio said, too). Plus, you can book published (not consolidator) fares from Icelandair with additional 10% reduction—post again if you want info on that.

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Don, I am not sure what non consolidator fares are, but I would like some additional info. Thanks.

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No problem. A “consolidator” fare is a specially-arranged discount that some travel agencies have with some airlines. There’s actually a bit more to it than that, but in a nutshell, that’s it. A “published” fare is any fare available direct from the airline, including a sale fare; these also can be booked through Orbitz, Expedia, local travel agent, etc.

The price I posted for Icelandair to Frankfurt is a published fare with a 10% discount already estimated. You can book these by following instructions at www.smartertravel.co… — a SmarterTravel “member” is just a reader of the website—anyone can use this discount. Find the fare at www.icelandair.com doing a sample booking, then email the details with your booking request, per instructions from Smartertravel.com.

Please note: If you want a stopover in Iceland, you must book it that way from the beginning; if you don’t, then change your mind after booking, it’ll cost ya $200 to change the ticket.

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Thanks for the Info Don…I decided to go with Aer Lingus. Just finished booking my flight. I will let you all know how it is when I get back.