Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

New – use your Avios for low tax redemptions to Miami with Aer Lingus

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Aer Lingus announced a new route from Dublin to Miami yesterday.  This offers a new way to spend your Avios points and a new way of getting to the US without paying heavy taxes and charges.

The Miami service will start on 1st September 2017 and operate three times per week.  It will use an Airbus A330 which will feature the impressive new Aer Lingus business class seating with a 1-2-1 layout that you can see below:

Aer Lingus new business class

Extra flights have also been announced for Summer 2017 on three existing US routes:

Dublin to Los Angeles will move to a daily service

Dublin to Chicago will move to twice daily

Dublin to Orlando will move to four flights per week

Miami flights are already available for purchase at aerlingus.com.

Avios redemptions can only be made by telephone via British Airways Executive Club.  There is no way of checking availability in advance unfortunately – whilst United Airlines and Qantas both partner with Aer Lingus and do shown online reward availability, this is NOT the same as Aer Lingus makes available to BAEC members.

You should expect to pay around £75 return in taxes and charges for a Business Class Avios redemption.  This is based on ticketing from Dublin to Miami.  If you add a connecting flight from the UK to the same ticket then you will need to pay c £150 in long-haul Air Passenger Duty on top.

All Avios partner redemptions are charged at peak day pricing.  It will cost 150,000 Avios per person return for Business Class.  Economy Class would be 50,000 Avios points.

You will probably want to buy a separate connecting ticket to Dublin, although you should try to stick with Aer Lingus as they will be more inclined to help if your inbound flight is delayed.  The only way to make Aer Lingus be legally liable to get you to Miami if your connection is late is to have both flights on one ticket and therefore incur the APD.

You can learn more about redeeming Avios for Aer Lingus flights in this ‘Avios Redemption University’ article.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (39)

  • Andrew says:

    Why are people flying to America via Dublin?
    A 5 minute Radio 4 program worth a quick listen.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04g05d0

  • HIDeHi says:

    I have flown Aer Lingus on their old J and the service is way better than BA J. Actually feels like something special. WithBA J, it is all about the seat with service that is not much different to economy (allbeit with a better meal of course).

    My last BA J flight, they didn’t serve us wine with our meal and failed to answer the call bell twice as we could hear them eating their own meal and gossiping in the galley(seemed odd that they were eating at the same time as passengers).

  • mikee says:

    O/T but is anyone having problems accessing BA award availability to North America? I’m getting errors on both ba.com and avios.com for LON-NYC, MIA, JFK etc

  • Dougie Forde says:

    If we did fly from Dublin, if you check in online the day before, how early can you drop bags for an Aer Lingus flight to the USA?