NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ireland and Ireland's national airline, Aer Lingus are rolling out the Welcome Mat for American travelers this spring and summer by extending "1,000 Welcomes". Ireland, renowned for its hospitality, now wants American visitors to know they are more welcome than ever. "1,000 Welcomes" combines hundreds of special discounts and offers from travel companies across Ireland exclusively for American travelers flying on Aer Lingus this spring and summer. Offers from complimentary car hire upgrades to free extended stays at hotels to free spa treatments and much more are all included in this nationwide program in Ireland. Aer Lingus will also launch its "Welcome Fare" campaign as part of this program. The fares start at $149* for spring travel and only $199* for summer travel. In addition, in true welcoming style, Aer Lingus has eliminated a number of historical restrictions, including the need to stay a Saturday night, the requirement to stay a minimum number of days, and change fees (Fares can be changed once prior to and while in Ireland at no charge. See below for details). The program will start with a launch via a U.S. advertising campaign on Sunday, April 6, will include the distribution of a special "1,000 Welcomes Passport" and "savings guides" downloadable at www.aerlingus.com. There are over 400 partners in the program, including hotels, b&b's, car rental agencies; museums; parks; attractions; golf clubs; spas, restaurants and retailers throughout Ireland's eight regions. Jack Foley, Executive Vice President for Aer Lingus said, "I'm delighted to see the entire Irish travel industry come together to offer the American public such a true Irish Welcome. We are excited to be a part of "1,000 Welcomes" by offering special fares with more flexible travel restrictions." The program offers customers a special "1,000 Welcomes Passport" via the internet at www.aerlingus.com. The passport, when shown to any of over 400 sites in Ireland will permit the traveler to take advantage of the applicable discount or offer. The passport can be used at the participating sites through the end of August. Included in the program are golf clubs, tourist attractions, parks, restaurants, retailers and much more. For a complete list, log onto www.aerlingus.com Jim McGuigan, Tourism Ireland's Executive Vice President, North America said, "We are aware of the high interest in Ireland as a vacation destination and this program will stimulate travel to the Emerald Isle. Now, American travelers to any part of Ireland will be able to get great value on everything from airfares to pub meals and many things in between, as well as enjoying the warm Irish welcome always extended to our visitors from the United States." Aer Lingus is offering special spring and summer airfares from each of its five U.S. gateways. The pricing represents a savings of 35% over 2002 rates. Fares are available on the carrier's website www.aerlingus.com. For those who prefer to book via telephone, they may call their travel agent or 1-800-IRISH AIR for an additional $10 each way. Gateway(s) Travel Dates Aerlingus.com Fare (each-way) NY/BOS 01APR - 31MAY $149* NY/BOS/BWI 01JUN - 30JUN $179* NY/BOS/BWI 01JUL - 31AUG $199* ORD 01APR - 31MAY $209* 01JUN - 30JUN $239* 01JUL - 31AUG $259* LAX 01APR - 31MAY $234* 01JUN - 30JUN $289* 01JUL - 31AUG $309* *Fares are one-way per person, economy class based on weekday roundtrip travel originating between specified dates from specified gateways to Shannon or Dublin via scheduled Aer Lingus transatlantic services. Additional $30 for weekend travel. Dublin supplement may apply. Fares with * only available through www.aerlingus.com. through 04/21 /03. Full payment must be made at time of reservation. Offers apply to North American-originating passengers only. Taxes/fees/facility charges of up to $80 roundtrip not included. Fares also do not include the September 11th security fee of $2.50 for each enplanement that originates at a U.S. airport. Flight restrictions/terms & conditions apply. Fares may not be available on all flights and dates, and are subject to change without notice. Offers cannot be combined with any other discounts/promotions. Tickets are non-transferable. Stopovers are not permitted. Seats are limited. Child/infant discounts available. Valid for new bookings only. Other flights and dates available at an additional cost. Frequent flyer mileage does not apply. 1,000 WELCOMES POLICY: No minimum stay. Maximum stay: up to one year. No penalty for one change to itinerary made prior to departure (and before 4/21/03). In the event of a cancellation, passenger receives 100% credit toward future Aer Lingus travel redeemable through 12/31/03. Credit is non-transferable and must be used in its entirety during one transaction.
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