If you were to ask me, I hate traveling. Loathe it. The thought of lugging some of my things through a crowded airport, having to buy an incredibly overpriced sandwich from some weird franchise-outlet that are only ever seen in airports, before boarding a plane and having to watch your seat neighbour's despair after they spill half their tepid mini-wines over their laps during some turbulence, all fills me with dread. That's before we even get to the idea of arriving at a destination. Seeing and experiencing other cultures, other ways of life, broadening the mind? 'No thank you sir,' I say - it's just not for me. Then why do I still insist on traveling an amount commensurate to my income and age-profile? Because I love a bargain. You show me a sale, regardless of what it's for, and the thrill of saving, the dizzying rush of thrift, sets me all a-tizzy. As such, whenever I catch sight of a flight sale, I'm already reaching for both my legitimate and counterfeit passport - best to be prepared for any eventuality while traveling and stuffing some unsullied underwear into a duffel in anticipation of my mini-break in Gdansk before I even have time to consider and subsequently massively regret my decision.
I largely place the blame for this at the feet of Ryanair and Aer Lingus who, it seems of late, have been locked in some Biblical struggle to best one another in the provision of discounted airline seats. It has today fallen to Aer Lingus to announce such a sale, and they have unwaveringly delivered.
They have announced massive discounts on over 2 million seats on flights between 01 November 2018 - 31 March 2019, once booked before 24 September. However, there are particular savings to be made on flights to America with seats to many destinations going as cheaply as €158 - when purchased as part of a return trip. You can book flights from Shannon to Boston or New York at this price, while there are numerous destinations from Dublin available at €159, including: Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington. For slightly more, there are plenty of other destinations including LA, Seattle and San Francisco.
For the full list of discounted flights, visit their website now.
For the record, Gdansk is surprisingly lovely, despite having perhaps the least appealing sounding name to an Anglophone tongue.