Over the winter break, the Michael W Travels family took our first international trip as a family of 4. Our destination was Costa Rica.
The trip went really well and now we couldn’t wait until our next trip.
During President’s Week, we went on a quick trip to Ireland!
Picking the Destination: There were a few reasons why we chose Ireland.
- None of us had visited the country before
- I came across a very reasonable fare to get us there.
- With only time for a short trip, I thought we could see and do a lot during a quick visit.
I started looking into travel options for President’s Week months back. I came up empty-handed while trying to use miles and points. This is a very busy week for travel so award flights were only available at a premium.
While considering options for this trip, one other destination was considered. I was close to booking a flight to Spain but I’ve been there before and this weighed heavily in my decision.
Here are the trip planning details for our visit to Ireland.
I don’t recall where I came across the deal for the flight to Ireland but I searched for pricing through Momondo. This led me to Explore Trip. I’d never heard of them before but they did come up with the best price.
We flew three airlines during our trip:
On the way:
- JFK- MAD on Iberia
- MAD- DUB on Aer Lingus
- DUB- LGW on Aer Lingus
- LGW- JFK on British Airways
I booked the flight with my Barclay Arrival card. The cost of a child ticket was slightly cheaper than the adult fares. The adult fares cost $402.22 each and Lucas’s ticket was $377.22. This brought the total cost for the flights to $1,181.66.
I applied my Arrival points for statement credits to bring down the cost of the trip. I used 40,222 points for a $402.22 statement credit for one of the adult fares. I was then able to apply 17,500 points for a partial credit on another ticket for $175.
This brought the total costs for our flight to $604.44.
We had a major issue adding Theo as a lap baby. We ended up having to add him at the airport. This caused a bit of a delay while checking in as well as a crazy high price of $363.47 in taxes!
Total cost of flights: $967.91 + 57,722 Barclay Arrival points.
Let me start this off by saying that Dublin is a pricey city to stay in. It turns out that the week we were traveling was quite the popular time to visit. While looking for a room with points, I came up empty-handed. They were either not in the area we wanted to stay or way too rich for us to pay.
I then searched for hostels which were either pricey or in locations we didn’t care for. A couple of not so cheap hostels had no WiFi or other issues etc…
We ended up booking our hotel stay through Hotels.com.
We spent 4 nights at the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane. The average price per night was $94 and with a 10% off Hotels.com coupon the stay came to a total of $413.57 with tax.
Total cost of hotel: $413.57.
Total Trip Costs: $1,381.48 + 57,722 Barclay Arrival Points.
Obviously, it would’ve been nice to see our airfare and hotel costs come out a bit cheaper but I still think we did pretty well during a holiday week.
We also had a great time during our visit to Ireland so I’m happy with the decisions we made while planning our visit.
Have you visited Ireland? If so, what did you think about the country?
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