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What Nick got for 37,500 Avios + £52 on Aer Lingus business class to Boston

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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:

Aer Lingus 1 Dublin lounge


Aer Lingus 2 Dublin lounge

Here is one the solo window seats:

Aer Lingus 3 solo aisle seat

and here is a side view of the centre pair – note the 19 inch TV screens:

Aer Lingus 4 centre seats

Nick was also very positive about the food:

Aer Lingus 5 food


Aer Lingus 6 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.

You can learn more about the other Aer Lingus routes to the US and Canada in my article from three weeks ago here, albeit that this has not been updated to include the announcement this week.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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.)

Comments (8)

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  • Mr Bridge says:

    heres a tip,
    if you are doing DUB-BOS try and take the afternoon flight.
    You pre clear US customs in DUB, and apparently you need to allow 90 minutes in the morning, as the US carriers all depart AM,. We took the PM flight and US pre clearance only took 10 minutes… a real breeze

    • John says:

      Great tip Mr Bridge as I am planning on redeeming Dublin Boston in future- Thank you.

  • oyster says:

    Would there ever be availability for families or is it the usual restriction for solos and couples only?

  • Jovan says:

    I’ve done this two weeks ago [booked for 25k on the last day before devaluation] – can recommend 3K as one of the best seats for the solo traveller.
    Also not mentioned in the article was the very good [and free to Biz passengers] wifi over the Atlantic.

  • Nic says:

    We did this over the summer and the business class seat was really comfortable! The showers in the lounge were well worth it too, as we were flying on to Toulouse on the return leg; the staff were really helpful. 25,000 Avios each for business with £56 tax one way, IIRC. Great value!

  • Stephen F says:

    We just did LHR to Orlando and Washington to LHR. Both legs CW. It was pants both ways, rude staff, dirty seats, lounge staff eating lounge food and sitting around reading papers etc

    Next time I’d rather do Aer Lingus and pay £75. Our tax was £1400 for a load of tosh.

    Completely over hyped – Aer Lingus looks much better value to USA. 2-4-1 is not worth it, just focus on value and price…

  • Zoe says:

    We got 4 seats in Business during July / August a few years ago. We were slightly flexible on dates but within the main summer school holidays, this was DUB – BOS. Was in the sloping seats days but great service in a small cabin.

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