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It’s back – get 30,000 Avios for £300 if you know someone in Ireland

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AerClub, the new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer scheme, has brought back its generous Irish Independent / Sunday Independent offer.

You don’t need to be based in Ireland to join AerClub.  In fact, if you have an account, you are already half-way to being a member since your account number will become your AerClub account number.  You can register for AerClub via this page.

As the Avios from this offer will be dropped into your account, you will be able to move them across immediately to British Airways Executive Club.

Sunday Independent

What is the deal?

You will earn 30,000 Avios points when you take out a subscription to the Irish Independent or Sunday Independent newspapers for €349 (£300).

These are not digital subscriptions.  These are ‘we will push the newspapers through your letterbox’ subscriptions, which is why you need a friend or relative in Ireland – assuming you live outside the country – who would appreciate a free newspaper.

There are two options, both priced at €349:

Irish Independent and Sunday Independent, delivered daily for six months plus access to the digital edition, or

Saturday’s Irish Independent and Sunday Independent delivered weekly for 12 months plus access to the 7-day digital edition

You can sign up via this website here.

You will need to cancel your subscription before it expires, otherwise it will roll over at a monthly cost of €59 (7-day package) or €29 (weekend package).

Is 1p per Avios a good deal?

It isn’t a steal, clearly.  You need to have a clear strategy for how you would use them.

This is my general ‘what is an Avios point worth?’ article.  1p per point is too much for me to pay to add them to a fairly large existing pile.  If, on the other hand, you are not Avios rich and need to earn x,000 Avios per year to use your BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher then this could make sense.

Of course, if you are based in Ireland and would value the newspapers then it is a totally different proposition indeed.

The offer runs until 31st May.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (70)

  • Andrew* says:

    O/T: Avios superboost just posted…

  • Penny says:

    This thread has reminded me that I haven’t received the 250 avios from AerClub.
    Has anyone ?

  • Julian says:

    Surely this deal is only mainly of use to anyone who lives in Ireland and reads this newspaper anyway. In which case its a damn good deal much like my 50,000 Avios for moving £50k of investments to Nutmeg, who I had been considering using for a while anyway even with less generous promotions.

    But if you live in the UK and don’t don’t happen to have an elderly mother in Ireland who reads this newspaper anyway (and who would therefore be delighted to get it daily as a present or is willing to share half the cost with you to get the paper at 50% off her usual cost) then this seems an expensive rate at which to buy Avios.

    • Justin says:


      • Rob says:

        Our Avios Ireland articles are generally ‘fourth articles’ which don’t get emailed, for this very reason. However, this offer is very interesting for anyone in the UK who knows someone in Ireland who might want some free newspapers and who wants some reasonably priced Avios.

        Remember that the Avios come as a voucher code which you input into – there is no risk that the Avios have to go into the account of the newspaper recipient.

        • Justin says:

          Thanks for putting the article up. It is of reader interest.

    • CV3V says:

      Nope a promo is a promo and hardcore points collectors will find it of use. Similarly status match offers around the world are always of interest. I am still enjoying Gold status with Air Berlin thanks to a status match for Norwegian residents (where i have family), turns out it is one of the best status’s going (one world, Etihad and Virgin Australia status benefits)

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    OT @ Harry – looks like sterling went past 1.30 this morning which I think means you win our bet ! Remind me where you wanted the money to go ???

    • Mick says:

      OT.. if we have 3 first class tickets to vegas leaving T3 can we guest in 2 economy pax as guests to the BA lounge at T3, or better still CX lounge ?

      • Rob says:

        Yes (if on the same flight). Cathay would follow the official oneworld lounge access rules – not sure if they allow a guest from a different cabin?

    • the real harry1 says:

      aha! – GOSH

  • jamie says:

    O/T any news on any Virgin ISA bonus’… still waiting for a deal to come out so I can get the extra FC miles.

    • Genghis says:

      A new offer may come out next week when the existing one ends?

  • Carl says:

    Happy to provide an Irish address if anyone needs one to send papers to.

    • Julie A says:

      Hi Carl – yes please.
      Can you email the address to ju.akkers at talk21 dot com – thanks!

  • Baz says:

    If the Irish Times were on offer, I’d jump at this.

    The Indo’s a tabloid masquerading as a broadsheet – celeb tittle-tattle, horoscopes and fad diet coverage aplenty. Bleurgh!

  • Canuck says:

    Reminds me: Do you need to cancel the Times Travel magazine subscription or does it not auto-renew, unlike this newspaper offer?

    • Rob says:

      You had a choice – it was cheaper if you signed a direct debit, but you also had the option of making a one-off payment.

      • David says:

        I cancelled my direct debit as soon as the points posted. However, I’m actually thoroughly enjoying the magazine and will no doubt sign up again for another year!

        • Nate1309 says:

          Hopefully they will run a similar offer again. I am also really enjoying the magazine.

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