This article covers some new options for earning Avios via the new AerClub scheme in Ireland.
How HFP intends to cover Avios earning in Ireland
Before I go on, I want to write briefly about how we intend to cover the new Avios scheme in Ireland. This is my starting position:
The majority of HFP readers are UK based and are not hugely interested in Avios earning opportunities in Ireland
There is no business model, at the moment, to justify a separate headforpoints.ie site
Aer Lingus is not being hugely co-operative so far
This is how I intend to operate in the short term:
Avios earning opportunities with AerClub which non-Irish residents can take advantage of (eg bonuses for crediting hotel stays, car hire, flights etc to AerClub) will run as main articles online and will be emailed to our subscribers as usual
Avios earning and spending opportunities which are only of interest to Irish residents – such as the two deals below – will in future run as a fourth daily article. They WILL appear on the website, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Apple News, on LinkedIn and on Flipboard. They will NOT be emailed to our subscriber list because the vast majority of our 9,000 subscribers would see them as irrelevant.
If you live in Ireland and JUST want to receive our Aer Lingus coverage, you could do so via an RSS reader which is set to receive the following: http://www.headforpoints.com/category/aer-lingus/feed/
SuperValu now officially launched as an AerClub partner
Whilst Tesco has a major presence in Ireland, AerClub has teamed up with supermarket chain SuperValu.
(Is it still possible to use a UK-issued Clubcard in Irish Tesco stores, and thus earn points in the UK Clubcard scheme which can be converted to Avios? Do let me know.)
You earn one Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu. You can convert Real Rewards points into Avios at the rate of 1:1 with a minimum conversion of 50 points. This makes it roughly half as generous as the Tesco partnership which gets you 2.4 Avios per £1 spent.
Until 31st March, you will receive 250 bonus Avios when you make your first conversion from Real Rewards to Avios. Full details can be found on the SuperValu site here.
SuperValu partnership opens up a Bank of Ireland Avios card option
If you have a Bank of Ireland personal credit card, you can now leverage this to earn a handful of Avios points on your day to day spending.
If you link your Bank of Ireland credit card to your SuperValu Real Rewards account, you will receive:
1 Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu on your credit card
1 Real Rewards point for every €10 you spend elsewhere
Frankly, 1 Avios point per €10 spent is weak. It even makes the 0.25 – 0.3 Avios per £1 on UK Visa and MasterCard products look good. However, if you’re doing the spending anyway, you might as well get some rewards.
The SuperValu / Bank of Ireland partnership is outlined here. Thanks to Eoin for this.
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