Some points are clear, others are not so clear:
DEFINITELY: The currency used will be Avios
PROBABLY: You will be able to move points back and forth between British Airways, Iberia and avios.com
DEFINITELY: There will be a wide range of airline, hotel and other partners to earn miles
PROBABLY: The airline partners will come from Aer Lingus rejoining the oneworld alliance
DEFINITELY: There will be three status levels (Silver, Platinum, Concierge)
PROBABLY: These will match BA Bronze, Silver and Gold with similar oneworld benefits
DEFINITELY: AerClub will use a revenue based model for earning:
“The more you spend on flights with Aer Lingus, the more Avios points you will collect. The move away from our traditional air miles model means you will be able to earn points with every flight you buy, giving you more opportunities to build up your balance.”
Aer Lingus will be the first European airline, I think, to award Avios / miles based on spending rather than a mix of distance flown and travel class.
PROBABLY: This is a trial for a switch to a revenue-based model for British Airways and Iberia.
What Aer Lingus is doing here is a little odd. By making AerClub revenue based, frequent flyers in Ireland will have two options, assuming Aer Lingus does rejoin oneworld:
Credit their flights to AerClub and get status and Avios based on € spent, irrespective of travel class
Credit their flights to British Airways Executive Club and get status (which would be valid on Aer Lingus) based on travel class and distance flown
AerClub will not be launching until next year so it may be a while before we get the answers to all of the questions that the current holding page throws up.
Gold Circle, the existing programme, is now closed to new members. The scheme will close completely on 31st March 2016.
Members will be emailed about the transition to AerClub. The conversion rate of Gold Circle points to Avios is not known.
The launch date for AerClub is “Spring 2016”. I would imagine that it will be earlier than 31st March in order to encourage all existing Gold Circle members to move across in time.
I will keep you up to date with developments on Head for Points.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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