Aer Lingus and Gold Circle Club

AerClub is the new frequent flyer programme for Aer Lingus, launching in 2016. As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can use your British Airways Avios points for Aer Lingus flights. Because Aer Lingus does not add fuel surcharges, these flights are exceptionally good value.

Our main article explaining how to use your Avios points on Aer Lingus is here. Our introductory article on AerClub is here.

Get 30,000 Avios for £300 – if you know someone in Ireland

Here we go – the first generous Avios promotion out of Ireland since AerClub was launched as the new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer scheme. You don’t need to be based in Ireland to join AerClub.  In fact, if you have an avios.com account, you […]

Bits: Bremen scrapped, bonus Heathrow Rewards points, Aer Lingus to Newquay (and Vegas?)

News in brief: British Airways drops Bremen SUN-AIR of Scandinavia, a British Airways franchise partner, has announced that it is dropping its BA-branded flights from London City to Bremen and Manchester to Bremen from 25th February. In a cynical but economically sensible move, SUN-AIR / […]

Avios Ireland: Supervalu, a new Irish credit card option and how HFP will cover it

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. […]

Eight Avios earning and spending tips you might not know about

Don’t panic, we are not switching to clickbait headlines for 2017!  However I was struggling to find something more suitable to describe the article today. I was updating the ‘Welcome’ page on Head for Points over Christmas.  This is a page which 80% of regular […]

NEW: Earn Avios when flying United – at higher rates than BA for Economy!

This other article today looks at the new Aer Lingus AerClub programme in more detail. As this scheme is now Avios driven, it helps to be aware of any new ways to earn or spend points that it throws up. I wanted to run this feature as […]

All you need to know about earning Avios in Aer Lingus AerClub

Aer Lingus AerClub finally launched last week.  This is important news for Head for Points readers because Avios is the currency of AerClub. Any Avios points you earn in AerClub will (eventually) be transferrable across to British Airways Executive Club or avios.com via ‘Combine My Avios’. […]

Aer Lingus redemptions now bookable via avios.com – but it’s not that simple ….

I ran an extra article on HFP yesterday – which you won’t have seen if you are an email subscriber – to highlight the fact that the Aer Lingus Aer Club programme had launched.  This article is an expanded version of that piece. At the […]

Breaking: Aer Lingus redemptions now bookable on avios.com – but Boston loophole closed

The Aer Lingus Aer Club programme launched this morning. At the same time, Aer Lingus reward availability has been loaded into avios.com. You do NOT need to be an AerClub member to book these.  You can log in with your usual avios.com UK account details […]

New – use your Avios for low tax redemptions to Miami with Aer Lingus

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 […]

Earning Avios via Aer Lingus AerClub – and what it means for you

After interminable delays, Aer Lingus has begun to contact members of its Gold Circle loyalty programme to tell them what their tier level will be in the new AerClub programme. You cannot log in until 28th November, which is when members will receive their access […]

BA going 10-abreast on B777’s, Club Europe on domestics & other IAG Capital Markets Day revelations

Yesterday was the annual International Airlines Group Capital Markets Day, where IAG gives a public presentation for its bondholders on the performance of BA, Iberia, Vueling and now Aer Lingus. The slides are made available to all. You can download the entire 118 pages here. On the […]

250 free Avios still available if you pre-register for Aer Lingus AerClub

Aer Lingus is still offering 250 free Avios points if you pre-register for its new, much delayed, loyalty scheme AerClub.  If you didn’t jump in when I mentioned this back in April, you can still do it. First a bit of history.  Following the acquisition […]

Bits: new BBC ATC series starts tonight, Virgin economy sale, 30 Avios per £1 on flowers!

News in brief: ‘Skies Above Britain’ starts tonight on BBC2 I have been asked by a NATS employee to plug ‘Skies Above Britain’, which I’m happy to do.  Starting on BBC2 tonight at 9pm, this five part documentary focusses on the work of air traffic […]

Bits: Tesco trialling 12,000 Avios bribe for Premium Credit Card, developments at Aer Lingus

News in brief: Tesco trialling a 12,000 Avios sign-up bonus for the Tesco Premium Credit Card I was unexcited in my review of the Tesco Premium Credit Card when it launched a couple of months ago.  Whilst the benefits package could work for some people, most […]

Bits: Dublin Airport opens US preclearance lounge (with photos), South African Airways sale

News in brief: Dublin Airport opens a new US preclearance lounge One benefit of booking an Avios redemption to the United States on Aer Lingus is the incredibly low taxes.  These are usually around £75 return in Business Class, compared to £500 on British Airways – […]

Business Class to Las Vegas on BA, Virgin or American for £1,150 this Summer

Via Flyertalk comes this very interesting fare from Dublin – and possibly other places in Ireland – to Las Vegas this Summer. £1,150 return, give or take, will get you from Dublin to Las Vegas in Business Class. There are a few routing options available. […]

Bits: Alex Cruz interview, Aer Lingus ‘to rejoin oneworld’, Oman Air to Manchester

News in brief: Interview with Alex Cruz, new CEO of British Airways Business Traveller has a partial transcript of an interview Alex Cruz, the new BA CEO, gave this week. It is worth a read, covering subjects such as free food on short haul, competition […]

Bits: the dead are unhappy IAG bought Aer Lingus, Airportr JV with Gatwick Express, Apple News

News in brief: The dead are unhappy that IAG bought Aer Lingus There were many objections when IAG, the parent of British Airways, acquired Aer Lingus last year but one group who failed to speak up were the dead. This was unfortunate, because they now reportedly find themselves […]

Bits: A380s to Iberia and Aer Lingus?, Qatar Airways raises stake in IAG

News in brief: Aer Lingus and Iberia to be A380 customers? In this interesting article, Willie Walsh – Chief Executive of BA’s parent IAG – says that he is considering A380 aircraft for both Iberia and, as a one-off, Aer Lingus. The last of the […]