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

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Following the acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG, the existing Gold Circle loyalty programme is to be closed and replaced by AerClub.  It will use Avios as its currency.

I wrote a long piece in November explaining what is known about AerClub.  The plan at that time was that Gold Circle would close on 31st March and AerClub would launch on 1st April.  That has, clearly, not happened.

Aer Lingus 350

A new timetable has now been announced.

According to the Aer Lingus website, Gold Circle will continue to operate until 30th June.  AerClub will launch on 1st July.

Earn 250 free Avios for pre-registering

According to this page of the website, you will earn 250 Avios in AerClub if you pre-register your interest before the launch.

Pre-registering takes all of 10 seconds.  All they want is your first name and your email address.

Given that:

It is likely that AerClub will be part of ‘Combine My Avios’ and that you will be able to move these 250 Avios to BA, and

AerClub is likely to have interesting promotions and partners which will make having an account a necessity for serious UK-based Avios collectors

….. I would pre-register your interest today.

Revenue based REDEMPTION coming?

We already know that AerClub will have a revenue-based earnings model:

“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.”

However, the page above implies that REDEMPTION will also be revenue based:

You can use your Avios to get a discount on the cost of your Aer Lingus flights. You will also be able to spend your Avios with an extensive range of travel and leisure partners.”

If this is the case then it opens up a huge number of questions:

Will it be impossible to redeem Avios via AerClub for ‘free’ flights, or only for discounts?  If so, you can say goodbye to long-haul Aer Lingus redemptions in premium classes.

If redemptions are revenue based via AerClub, will Aer Lingus stop being a British Airways Executive Club redemption partner (you couldn’t have points-based redemptions via BAEC and revenue-based redemptions via AerClub)?

Or, potentially, will AerClub points NOT be transferable to BAEC or – which would be the only way to force people to redeem their points for (at a guess) 1 cent per point via AerClub? 

Is this a trial for the whole of Avios going revenue based on the redemption side?  Recent experiments with ‘Part Pay With Avios’ via British Airways Executive Club give the impression that some sort of market testing is going on – although the oneworld element of BAEC means that a full switch to revenue based redemptions is unlikely to work.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

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 (24)

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  • James67 says:

    Sorry, very OT but posting this amex card offer here as it’s very short-lived (and also very restrictive!) Appeared on my PRG offers:

    Up to 25% off select Europe hotels
    Visit American Express Travel for up to 25% off select Europe hotels for five days only. Begins 4 April and ends 8 April 2016 for stays between 18 April to 13 May 2016. Terms apply. Please read the Offer Terms.

  • Paul L says:


    Also OT here, does anyone know or have experience on whether BA Gold/Oneworld emerald can access the PDX Alaska lounge if flying Alaska to HNL? Ticket was booked as a redemption using BA miles through telephone agent.

  • Potential Aer Lingus Avios says:

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  • Boi says:

    Also OT: Is airport angel still usable at airport lounges? Think I heard somebody say its gone? we will be in manchester airport on friday

    • Jonny says:

      I think it no longer works and has now been effectively replaced by Dragon Pass
      website no longer exists

    • John says:

      Gone, I’m afraid.

      If you’ve a Barclays account, the replacement is Dragon Pass, which I’ve found to be a real improvement.

      • Colin JE says:

        Definitely now Dragon Pass if you’re with Barclays. Just make sure you use the Barclays Traveller app, not the Dragon Pass app for your phone.
        I’ve never received a card from Dragon Pass but just used the app in my local airport. I took a screenshot of the card showing in the app just in case I ever had problems displaying it. The agent on the desk at Escape Lounge happily accepted the photo on my phone.

        • Nick says:

          Colin JE, I’m looking at getting the DP via the Barclays Insurance. Do I need to open a Barclays current account?

  • Delta Improves International Upgrades and American Improves Whiskey - View from the Wing says:

    […] 250 free Avios for ‘pre-registering’ for Aer Lingus’ new loyalty program. You just have to give your name and email address. Presumably these Avios will ultimately be transferable to British Airways or Iberia. […]

  • Mike says:

    If you register with 2 different email addresses and 2 different loyalty schemes say BAEC and Iberiaplus would u get two lots of 250 avios points?

    • harry says:

      the issue would not be that first stage – but marrying them into 1 a/c

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