I covered the new Aer Lingus long haul routes to Hartford, Newark and Los Angeles on Head for Points yesterday.
As this is likely to spur renewed interest in redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus, I thought I would run these photos sent in by HFP reader Nick who took a one-way redemption from Dublin to Boston recently. It cost the princely sum of 25,000 Avios (he booked before the April devaluation) and £52 in tax.
I wrote a long Avios Redemption University piece recently about redeeming Avios points for Aer Lingus long-haul business class. The best deal is Dublin to Boston. Because this is just under 3,000 miles, it costs only 75,000 Avios points return.
Nick was lucky enough to get the new business class seating as you can see in the pictures below. It does look very acceptable, especially the single seats by the windows.
First, here are a couple of shots of the bright and spacious lounge in Dublin:
Here is one the solo window seats:
and here is a side view of the centre pair – note the 19 inch TV screens:
Nick was also very positive about the food:
All in all, you really can’t go wrong for 37,500 Avios and £52 one-way, plus the cost of getting to Dublin.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(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.)