Aer Lingus announced a new route from Dublin to Miami yesterday. This offers a new way to spend your Avios points and a new way of getting to the US without paying heavy taxes and charges.
The Miami service will start on 1st September 2017 and operate three times per week. It will use an Airbus A330 which will feature the impressive new Aer Lingus business class seating with a 1-2-1 layout that you can see below:
Extra flights have also been announced for Summer 2017 on three existing US routes:
Dublin to Los Angeles will move to a daily service
Dublin to Chicago will move to twice daily
Dublin to Orlando will move to four flights per week
Miami flights are already available for purchase at aerlingus.com.
Avios redemptions can only be made by telephone via British Airways Executive Club. There is no way of checking availability in advance unfortunately – whilst United Airlines and Qantas both partner with Aer Lingus and do shown online reward availability, this is NOT the same as Aer Lingus makes available to BAEC members.
You should expect to pay around £75 return in taxes and charges for a Business Class Avios redemption. This is based on ticketing from Dublin to Miami. If you add a connecting flight from the UK to the same ticket then you will need to pay c £150 in long-haul Air Passenger Duty on top.
All Avios partner redemptions are charged at peak day pricing. It will cost 150,000 Avios per person return for Business Class. Economy Class would be 50,000 Avios points.
You will probably want to buy a separate connecting ticket to Dublin, although you should try to stick with Aer Lingus as they will be more inclined to help if your inbound flight is delayed. The only way to make Aer Lingus be legally liable to get you to Miami if your connection is late is to have both flights on one ticket and therefore incur the APD.
You can learn more about redeeming Avios for Aer Lingus flights in this ‘Avios Redemption University’ article.
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