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Breaking: Aer Lingus redemptions now bookable on avios.com – but Boston loophole closed

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The Aer Lingus Aer Club programme launched this morning.

At the same time, Aer Lingus reward availability has been loaded into avios.com.

You do NOT need to be an AerClub member to book these.  You can log in with your usual avios.com UK account details and book.

This is the first time ever that Aer Lingus awards have been bookable online with Avios.

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The good news ….

Some rewards are down in price.   Before yesterday, all Aer Lingus rewards were treated as ‘peak date’ pricing in the same way as any other BA partner airline.

Aer Lingus now has peak and off-peak pricing.  Apart from Easter, Christmas and the summer, the rest of the year is off-peak.

The bad news …..

Taxes have gone up.  A return flight in Business Class from Dublin to New York used to have taxes of around £75 return.  It will now cost you £200.

However, if you travel off peak, the reduction in the Avios required would mean you are no worse off.

It is also £300 cheaper than a British Airways Club World redemption from London.

The worse news …..

Dublin to Boston SHOULD be in Zone 4.  Until yesterday, it cost 75,000 Avios for a return business class flight from Dublin to Boston – which is what you expect to pay for a partner airline flight of 2,986 miles.

Aer Lingus has now moved Boston 14 miles to the west.  Dublin to Boston has been moved into Zone 5 which means it now costs 100,000 Avios off-peak and 120,000 Avios peak – the same price as Dublin to New York.

Other thoughts

The real win would be if Avios allowed you to use Lloyds Avios Rewards upgrade vouchers on Aer Lingus.  That would be an exceptional result as you could get their excellent new business class seat for the Avios of economy, as Aer Lingus does not have premium economy.  We need to see if this happens or not.

More on this story tomorrow.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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, £200 travel credit 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 (71)

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  • Lumma says:

    Seems to me that for economy travel to the US, Norwegian is far better than wasting miles on redemptions. Can book one way for about £150 (or £200 with a bag and seat selection) and don’t have to get to Dublin/Dusseldorf/Berlin/Madrid beforehand.

    It’s a shame they don’t fly to Asia for cheap tax redemptions back from Hong Kong

    • Nick says:

      Wait until Norwegian start running DUB-BOS hopefully next year. There was talk of 69USD each way, a few days ago 🙂

  • HIDeHi says:

    I see SNN to BOS is also being priced at the higher end.

  • HIDeHi says:

    SH does not qualify for RFS either and their taxes are highish e.g. NOC-LGW £35 in taxes one way (Ireland has low departure taxes, as does NOC airport afaik, so I’m guessing they are adding in YQ or something similar)

    • HIDeHi says:

      It is disappointing really because there is not a huge incentive to book off peak flights like this if they are 4000 avios and £35 in taxes, given that flights on this route are generally in the £40 to £50 cash range. Sometimes these flights do get expensive e.g. at Christmas they can be £150 one way, but whether they will ever have availability during those periods…

  • HIDeHi says:

    OK while this is mainly not treat, there is one area where there seems to be value.

    From BOS-DUB one way (and presumably from NYC etc.), it is only 50k avios off peak and £90 in taxes. At my valuation, this is about £490 for a O/W business class flight, which roughly matches what you can get in sales (e.g. £800/£900 return).

    In Economy, it is 13k avios and £70 in taxes, This is one of the few times where an economy long haul redemption is actually not bad value. I value this as £174 total in cost, which for a one way from US to Ireland, is pretty good, especially as the BOS flight is only 5hrs and 55mins so not too long to have to sit in economy.

  • Planeflyer says:

    Looks like Avios/EI are pulling the same redemptions tricks as LH does (unless they book in EI “Plus”). I just looked for a one way LHR-DUB:

    Avios price: 4000 + £76.05 (Taxes, fees & surcharges)
    Same flight on aerlingus.com: £60.99 (inc taxes)

  • Owen Rudge says:

    Apparently you can collect Avios on United Airlines with Aer Club! I wonder if that’s applicable to any UA flight or if it has to be purchased as part of an EI booking or something along those lines.

    • Lumma says:

      Seems to be any United flight. 50% of miles flown, good news when looking for cash US domestic flights to collect more avios than with American and crediting to BA

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