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