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US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

Dublin, Ireland
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US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

What are the rules? I'm looking at a flight that goes like this:

DUB-JFK (British Airways) -- JFK-SFO (American Airlines)

I think I remember reading somewhere that Lufthansa departs from T1 so probably not an option if I want to go through clearance in Dublin. All the other flights are either beyond my budget or have really short layovers. Also, is US Airways as bad as people make it out to be?

Maryland
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1. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

British Airways doesn't have service from DUB-JFK. You're either looking at a code share with American, which DOES have service DUB-JFK, or you're making a connection in London.

Rules for what?

Chicago, Illinois
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2. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

Also not sure what you mean by rules. Most, if not all, flights from Dublin to the USA pre-clear in Dublin. It does not matter what airline. It does need to be a non-stop flight.

No, US Air is not that bad. They're mostly the same as the other major US airlines.

Maryland
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3. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

As of this past October all of the USA-bound flights use the pre-clearance, I believe.

The one difference in USAir relates to their domestic service here in the States. Several years back they removed all of their entertainment systems to save fuel. At least in Coach, there is no entertainment at all on domestic UsAir flights.

Dublin, Ireland
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4. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

ALL flights departing Snn and Dub departing to the US pre-clear.

Madrid
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5. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

ALL flights departing Snn and Dub departing to the US pre-clear.

No they dont.Some flights ex SNN clear in JFK.BA003 being 1.

Chicago, Illinois
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6. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

Very few US domestic flights have entertainment systems in coach. Not just US Air. From Chicago where I live I have never had one on any airline. at best occasionally a shared TV.

Edited: 6:58 am, December 04, 2013
Fortaleza, CE
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7. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

Isn't it all flights up until 4 p.m. or so?

Maryland
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8. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

"Very few US domestic flights have entertainment systems in coach. "

I'm sorry, that's simply not true.

Maryland
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9. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

"Isn't it all flights up until 4 p.m. or so?"

At Dublin, all the US-bound flights use the pre-clearance. (This is a recent change, up until late October it wasn't the case for the later flights). At Shannon, as post # 5 points out, there is one flight that departs at 16:00 that does not. It's a "business class only" British Air flight to JFK from London with only 38 seats. All the rest of the US-bound flights from Shannon leave earlier in the day and use the pre-clearance.

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10. Re: US Pre-Clearance: Only American airlines + Aer Lingus?

In 20 years of domestic USA travel in coach I do not think I have ever had anything but a shared TV at most. Maybe depends on the route. Living in the middle of the country all my flights, mainly southwest, united, American, usair, are 4 hrs or less so maybe only on coast to coast flights.