I understand there are multiple daily flights from Boston to Dublin. Has anyone flown from the West Coast to Boston, spent the night, and then taken a flight to Dublin? Would you recommend this? I thought it might be fun to start my Ireland trip in the most Irish city in the US. Any thoughts?
We travel to Europe twice a year. Always go to Boston, spend the night by the airport, have a nice dinner in old town etc. and fly out the next morning on the 0900 flight to Heathrow (it's the only, as far as I can determine, day flight across the pond). We arrive fresh and relaxed. I could be wrong, but I think American Airlines has the only non-overnight flights to Dublin as well (also leaving Boston ot 0900).
We go to europe every year from Los Angeles and we always try to make sure we have a connecting flight that at least is in europe somewhere (Paris, London). Too many times we've had connecting flights in Chicago, JFK or east coast cities where we've missed connections, had cancelled flights, had planes break down and had to spend extra days in what ever city we happen to be stuck at (along with a greater chance of lost luggage. We typically go for 2 weeks at a time and who wants to spend the extra time in an airport and generic airport hotel. This way, if we get stuck in europe its probably a place we would want to explore anyway.
Thanks Jennifer. That makes sense . . . I would rather be stuck in Europe than O'Hare or JFK. We now have a non stop flight form Portland to Amesterdam so will look into it.
Flying in March - taking Aer Lingus direct from SFO to DUB. I've been stranded at too many US airports for my liking.
Also - the travel time is much less if you fly nonstop. My flight is 10 hours versus 15 or so with a stop. I'm going to Ireland - I want to get there!
If you're getting connecting flights, you have a 50% of losing your luggage.
We went with a party of 13 in 06' and everyone that had a connecting flight lost their luggage. One couple never got it back the whole two weeks. It sat in Newark. I've heard this is very common. Remember to pack meds and a change of underwear in your carry on.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I too lost my luggage several years ago. My luggage went to places I had never been to and I was wtihout clothes for four days. Never again!