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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Aer Lingus auction: Now you can bid to upgrade to business class

Published 08/07/2014 | 07:40

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The semi-state sector has a combined pension fund deficit of more than €3.6bn
The semi-state sector has a combined pension fund deficit of more than €3.6bn

AER Lingus long-haul passengers can now bid for an upgrade to business class with the lowest possible price for a seat at about €300.

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The service is available on flights to and from the US and Canada with an auction for seats service now available.

The offer closes five days ahead of departure - passengers receive an email after booking the economy seat inviting them to bid.

A slider on the upgrade page allows the passenger to choose what level they are prepared to pay.

"Make us an offer to upgrade your transatlantic economy booking, and you could be travelling in style in our business class cabin," Aer Lingus said on its website.

However, there are terms and conditions attached.

While the aim of the auction is the find a price that both airline and passenger are willing to accept, "the two curves don't always intersect and there's no guarantee that a customer will bid successfully, but there's also nothing lost in trying," according to Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus said the lowest possible price is about €300 but that is not guaranteed.

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