Last June my friend Steffie and I packed our bags and headed off to Ireland!
There was no way around it; I wanted Steffie and I to fly into Cork. Our home base was situated in Cork with a rented apartment for the last week of our adventure and there was no reason to fly anywhere else. For a brief, less-than-24 hour period I gave in to what I initially thought was a manageable deal and booked tickets to Dublin International.
Luckily, I came to my senses, found a better deal and canceled that potential nightmare.
Not that there is anything wrong with flying into a huge international airport, but with the bulk of our time is going to be spent in Cork I’d just rather shill out the dough to experience a hostel and the Irish Rail for an initial night in Cork, go about our country tour and come back to Cork for rest and relaxation, knowing we have the convenience of being a mere twenty minute shuttle ride from the Cork Airport.
This is the reason we chose a connector flight; the reason we chose Aer Lingus.
Our initial flight was with Virgin Atlantic (review coming soon) which flew nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) to Heathrow. I won’t get into the nightmare that was Heathrow and hauling ass from one end of the airport to the very bitter end.
OK, I will get into it.
I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that Steffie and I had to hike a half of a mile at the very least to get to the Aer Lingus terminal. I do not hold this against the airline, but the airport. That is one scary-ass airport, by the way.
To give you a precise idea of how long it took to get from one end to the other:
We landed with an hour and forty minutes to spare.
We made it to the Aer Lingus terminal ten minutes before boarding.
Only one checkpoint had a line that kept us more than five minutes.
We finally hit the Ireland destination terminal after going through several checkpoints all asking the same thing:
WHY ARE YOU HERE AND WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING?
Seriously, who wants two American broads screwing up their country anyway? We might have flags. Or squirrels.
It was all gold from there! Boarding was smooth and efficient, with Steffie at the window and myself the center. For whatever reason, we were unable to secure our seat assignments online. Aer Lingus offers this service on their site directly but Expedia.com, the website I used to book the flights, did not. Bunk. For health reasons, I usually insist on the aisle seat, but this flight was just over an hour so I did not mind. The seats were comfy leather and I had ample leg room. It should be noted that I stand five foot eight inches. Leg room is kind of important.
We were permitted one carry-on each at no cost to us, and our checked luggage (one checked for the each of us) was already on from Virgin Atlantic – free of cost as they were under 50 lbs each. Our bags arrived crazy fast from the aircraft to the baggage claim.
However, take note:
Please be aware that Aer Lingus will no longer check bags all the way through if a passenger has a separate ticket with another airline even if they provide the separate tickets at check-in. The only time this will be done is if they are connecting Aer Lingus to Aer Lingus. – Aer Lingus website
Their in flight magazine, Cara, was actually very informative and helpful for our trip. We took our copies with us to keep as there were articles highlighting various neighborhoods of Cork and some of the best establishments we ended up patronizing, including Tom Barry’s and The Hi-B.
Our return flight was just as lovely, and the good people at Aer Lingus did not bat an eye at the extra carriage I hauled after visiting the quickie shops at the Cork Airport.
Aer Lingus is Ireland’s best low-cost airline that offers 80 routes to the UK and Continental Europe as well as six destinations in the USA Sadly, none of those six destinations are Los Angeles directly, but I hope this changes very soon!
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