I reported back in April that the Aer Lingus CEO had told the media that the airline was planning to introduce lie-flat seating. There was no further information given apart from a hint that San Francisco would be the first route to get the new seats – a logical choice given the distance.
There is even a video:
It looks pretty darn good especially the solo seats by the windows in certain rows. The bed is 6 foot 5 inches which should keep most people happy, and all seats face forward. Your feet slot under the seat in front when the seat is in bed mode which allows the airline to maximise the number of seats.
Note, too, that business class passengers will receive free in-air wifi! BA becomes less attractive by the minute ….
Aer Lingus is, of course, a British Airways redemption partner. Dublin to Boston is possibly the best Avios redemption you can do, coming in at just 50,000 Avios return in business class or 25,000 Avios return in economy.
Taxes and surcharges are generally around £75 return, saving almost £500 per person on a comparable BA Club World redemption – although you need to get yourself to Dublin of course.
You will also clear US immigration in Dublin, allowing you to land as a domestic passenger and walk straight out of the airport – potentially saving you an hour queuing in Passport Control.
Full details of how and where to redeem on Aer Lingus can be found in this Avios Redemption University article. You cannot book online and you cannot even search for availability online – the Qantas website shows some Aer Lingus reward seats but that does not match what BA can access.
The airline has historically made two business class seats available per flight for redemption. Given that the new business class cabins looks large – the video implies that the current 24-seat business class cabin will be expanded to 32 seats – I am hopeful that this situation will not change.
The only downside from this news is that the launch date has slipped from 2014 to March 2015 – but it looks worth the wait.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)