About Aer Lingus (EI)
As the national airline of Ireland, Aer Lingus is a subsidiary of British Airways and Iberia, all of three of which are part of the International Airlines Group (IAG). From its principal hub in Dublin Airport, Aer Lingus flies to 92 destinations in 24 countries, with budget flights on European routes, and economy and business class service on transatlantic routes. Flights to a number of Aer Lingus destinations operate on a seasonal basis, and some regional routes are serviced by its branded subsidiary, Stobart Air. Considering codeshare and interline agreements, Aer Lingus offers service to an additional 100-plus destinations around the world.
The majority of Aer Lingus routes originate in Dublin and fly to domestic, regional, and international destinations located north of the equator — with the lone exception of the Dublin > Abu Dhabi > Sydney long-haul route which is a code share. Ironically, the flag carrier of Ireland is focused on regional and international service, leaving domestic flights to one of its smaller, subsidiary airlines (Aer Lingus Limited, Aer Lingus Beachey Limited, and Aer Lingus Ireland). The airline has a particularly strong presence in the U.S., with daily nonstop flights to Boston — home to the largest Irish community outside of Ireland — New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Chicago-O’Hare, and Miami — its primary North American hubs.
The Aer Lingus roster of seasonal flights includes Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart, Perpignan, Marseilles, Dubrovnik, and Bologna.
Choosing your car
It’s possible to get a great deal on Aer Lingus car rentals with Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, National, and Sixt, and we’re here to help ease that marriage of convenience and savings. The major brands have all the bases covered, with budget and luxury vehicles galore. Choose from minicar and economy 3-door hatchbacks, compact, intermediate, standard, and fullsize sedans, estate wagons, midsize and standard SUVs, and 7-12 seater minivans.
Tips for Aer Lingus Passengers Renting Cars
All Aer Lingus car rentals include airport/city taxes and surcharges, Collision/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW), and unlimited miles.
Infant (child) seats, booster seats, and child safety seats are extras, as are GPS and additional drivers. Prices will vary from location to location, but all extras are charged as a one-time purchase, as opposed to daily rates common elsewhere.
Debit cards are accepted for booking and billing; however, this applies to drivers 25 years or older. While you can rent a car between the ages of 21-24, you must have a credit card in your name to finalize the booking.
Read carefully the terms and conditions of your car hire agreement in order to avoid after-the-fact surcharges and I Didn’t Know That moments of panic when, for example, you decide to return the car one day earlier, only to discover that early returns (A) void any special offers you may have been granted, and (B) won’t save you any money by using the car one less day. In fact, you will not be entitled to a refund, and your final bill is likely to be much higher.
Another reason to pay attention to the fine print is getting familiar with location specific conditions, such as driver age, excess waiver amounts, late return, and one-way drop-off policies. For example, cars rented from and picked up in Atlanta, Georgia, cannot be driven in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
You must notify your car hire provider within 48 hours if the vehicle has been involved in an accident (or damage incident), regardless of third-party involvement.