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  1. When would Aer Lingus sale be expected to be completed, and what would be the impact on the use of Avios on Aer Lingus without fuel surcharge?

  2. The WOW Air $99 flights sadly seem to have now all gone (not least down to their wide publicity from the blogs…), but with flights still available at $154 one way, there’s definitely still some value there. You just have to search a bit more for it.

  3. @Brian we do pay fuel surcharges on Aer Lingus now, they’re just low. Sale would take awhile, the airline would be run separately, and a shift in management philosophy in terms of how fares get filed would take awhile – certainly not the next years. And if Aer Lingus becomes an Avios currency issuer, we might get something like Iberia where points are transferrable and when you do you pay lower fuel surcharges. We’ll see. Not worrying yet, although I’d prefer an independent Aer Lingus of course.

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