With the Irish flagship carrier Aer Lingus, you can book relatively affordable business tickets from Budapest to the U.S. capital, Washington D.C. The price of HUF 477,854 (~€1,219) can be found from October 2023 to August 2024 (excluding January). The long-haul flight is operated with the Airbus A321LR, which offers lie-flat seats in a 1-1 or 2-2 configuration.
Unfortunately, there’s a catch with this deal that we don’t want to overlook: You’ll be in economy class on the feeder flight. Aer Lingus does not offer a premium cabin on flights from Budapest to Dublin, not even their premium economy, “AerSpace.” Also, between November and March, you’ll have to spend a night in Dublin on the way out.
For booking, you can use the form below for your convenience. We have highlighted all the available dates for trips with up to 2 weeks of stay. With one click, you can be redirected to Aer Lingus’ booking site. Remember that you’ll have an overnight layover in Dublin if you fly between November and March.
The feeder flight from Budapest to Dublin is operated with Airbus jets from the A320 family. Unfortunately, there is only one cabin class: Economy. All meals are chargeable in this class, and it seems there is no partner lounge at Budapest airport.
Usually, you can fly on to Washington, DC after a short layover of around 1 hour. If, however, your flight is between November and March, you’ll have an overnight stop in Dublin. Hotels near the airport are available for around €80 to €100 per night, depending on the specific dates. The next morning, you’d go through U.S. pre-clearance, meaning U.S. immigration will be done in Dublin and not in Washington, D.C. The long-haul flight is operated with the Airbus A321LR.
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The fare rules do not specify how long these cheap tickets will be available. Availability is good from October 2023 to August 2024 (excluding January).
The booking class is Y on the economy feeder flight and I on the long haul. Since Aer Lingus is not a member of any airline alliance, mileage credit is only possible with a few programs. However, the mileage credit is quite decent, especially with Alaska Mileage Plan:
- 17,656 Award Miles + 10,866 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 9,168 Award Miles on United MileagePlus
- 2,378 Avios on British Airways Executive Club
Aer Lingus Business Class
Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR aircraft have a total of 16 business class seats. All of them can be converted into flat beds. There are a total of 4 “Throne” single seats; otherwise, there are 2 seats side by side. The reviews are generally quite good. Here’s some reading material:
- Review of Aer Lingus Business Class A321LR at One Mile at a Time
- Review of Aer Lingus Business Class A321LR at Business Traveller
- Review of Aer Lingus Business Class A321LR at The Points Guy
Here’s a glimpse inside the cabin:
Cover Picture: © Aer Lingus