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SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) is offering some surprisingly cheap flights to Dublin in Premium Economy at the moment. You can fly Premium Economy from only $414 round trip, with reviews suggesting it’s a nice experience for the low price.
- Fly from Newark to Dublin in Premium Economy from $414 round trip.
- Direct link to offer.
- Flights available March-May & September-October.
During our 3 Cards, 3 Continents adventure last year, I flew to Europe with Norse Atlantic Airways in Premium Economy for less than $250. I thought that was a decent price for the experience that was more comfortable than past economy flights I’ve taken to Europe, so spending even less than that on an each-way basis with this SAS opportunity is a great deal.
I’ve never flown with SAS, but Thrifty Traveler’s review of Premium Economy on an A330 suggests that it’s a decent experience. They paid $792 for their round trip flights and $414 seems abnormally low given the cabin, so I wouldn’t expect this low rate to last.
Something important to note is that these flights include a layover in Scandinavia in both directions; it’s usually in Oslo, but some options go via Stockholm. That extends your travel time, so flying directly to Dublin in economy might be preferable to flying Premium Economy with an extra leg each way. Having said that, $414 in Premium Economy might still be cheaper than direct flights in economy to Dublin. Some itineraries also include an overnight in Oslo on the way back, so that could give you a chance to explore the city for an evening seeing as those flights arrive in Oslo at ~4pm and don’t depart until ~11am the next morning.
There’s pretty good availability for this pricing as I’m seeing sub-$450 round trip flights in March, April, May, September and October. They’re not available for flights every day of the week in those months, but if you have a little flexibility with your dates in the spring or fall, you can hopefully find something.
It looks like the cheapest prices showing on Google Flights are bookable via smaller sites like Travelcation, FlyUs, etc. If you have issues with your flights, resolving them can prove to be problematic when booked via smaller third parties, so it might be worth paying the extra ~$30 to book directly with SAS.
My wife and I have been to the Republic of Ireland a few times, including Dublin twice. We love it there and would happily return, although we’re not going to be able to take advantage of this SAS deal in order make it there this year. We last visited a few months ago, staying at the Hyatt Centric The Liberties which was in an excellent spot to explore the parts of the city we wanted to see. I’ll be publishing a review of that hotel in the next week or two, but spoiler alert – I’d definitely stay there again in case you want a recommendation.