Aer Lingus allow free changes across all fare types for summer 2021, will this entice you to book now?
Planning overseas travel in summer 2021 can be daunting. I had high hopes of scratching somewhere exotic off my bucket list this year, but right now I would give my right arm for a glass of sangria in Spain. However, I was delighted to hear Aer Lingus allow free changes up to the 31st December 2021, it is certainly making it easier to at least think about booking a foreign holiday.
It gives us peace of mind knowing that if we book flights now, and need to change dates or cancel, our money won’t be lost. Here is the full low down on their latest announcement, there are, of course, a few T&Cs to watch out for, and I’ve even added in a top tip too!
The free changes are unlimited…
Kudos to Aer Lingus to allow free changes across all fare types, and these are unlimited – you can change flights as often as you like. Free changes are available on ANY flight, to ANY route on ANY fare type (Saver, Plus, Smart, Advantage and Flex) departing before the end of December 2021. You must change the date before 31st December 2021 and a fare difference may apply.
Vouchers are available on selected fare types
If you decide not to travel, you can apply for a voucher if you have booked a Plus, Smart, Advantage or Flex fare. See differences in fare types here. If you have booked a Saver fare you can NOT apply for a voucher. If you wish to cancel and have booked a Saver fare, you can change dates free of charge (fare difference may apply), as per above.
Top Tip: Book a Plus fare if purchasing checked baggage and seat selection.
If you are booking an Aer Lingus flight, it is worth comparing prices to your chosen route between a Saver fare and a Plus fare. The Plus fare includes 20kg checked baggage, seat selection and priority boarding, as well as the option of going standby for an earlier flight if required.
If you know you need to check-in a bag and wish to pre book seats, it might be a better option to opt for a Plus fare, as this also gives you the option of applying for a voucher (which are valid for five years), if you wish to cancel your booking.
Refund is only available on Advantage fares
If you book an Advantage fare you can apply for a refund if you simply decide not to travel. Refunds are not permitted on all other fare types, if you no longer wish to travel. If, however, Aer Lingus cancel your flight due to a disruption, you are entitled to refund on all fare types as per EU regulation 261.
Prices available from €25.99 one way including taxes.
Prices are available on Aerlingus.com from €25.99 to the UK, €39.99 to many European destinations, and €158 to the USA. It is important to note that many countries have restrictions in place, and may require negative covid-19 tests on entry. See Aer Lingus country by country travel information here.
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