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…. and here’s the Aer Lingus peak and off peak Avios calendar for 2018

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Yesterday we published the Iberia and British Airways peak and off peak calendars for 2018 which are very useful when booking reward flights, especially during school holidays.

Yesterday, to our surprise, we learnt that Aer Lingus now has its own peak and off peak calendar as well.

Three periods are noticeably different from the BA calendar.  Aer Lingus doesn’t have an October and February peak season during the UK half terms, the April peak season is one week shorter and there’s also no peak season towards the end of May / early June.

February is also off peak on Iberia, but if you are travelling in October Aer Lingus is the only IAG airline with Avios off peak redemptions.

On short haul the cost differences are modest.  If you want to fly from London to Dublin in Economy on 12th February 2018 you would pay 4,000 Avios with Aer Lingus (off peak) and 4,500 Avios (peak) with BA, one way.

On a long haul flight the saving would be way more, of course, and makes the Aer Lingus long haul services from Dublin to North America particularly attractive during these periods.

(Aer Lingus long haul in Business Class is also very attractive, versus British Airways Club World, with the new 1-2-1 fully flat seats.  We are planning to review this in September.)

Just to be clear the Aer Lingus peak and off-peak dates apply to Aer Lingus flights wherever you book them.   If you book an Aer Lingus flight on ba.com then it goes by the Aer Lingus calendar and not the BA calendar.  The same goes for Iberia and, if booked on the Iberia site, BA.

In a day or so we will merge this with the BA / Iberia tables and you will be able to find a link to the combined article under the ‘Key BA links’ section of the HFP sidebar.

Remember the odd rules now in place for booking Aer Lingus flights with Avios:

online booking is now available via avios.com and taxes are higher (stupidly high on short haul) – long-haul business class is just over £200 return

telephone booking is available via British Airways Executive Club and taxes are lower – long-haul business class should be under £100 return

you should check availability on avios.com and then call BAEC to book – so your Avios points need to be sitting at ba.com

Aer Lingus 2017:  (green = off-peak)

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Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2017_2

Aer Lingus 2018:

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2018_1

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2018_2

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2018_3

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Comments (38)

  • Joseph Heenan says:

    Can you use a BA AmEx 2-4-1 voucher on Aer Lingus if booked via BA executive club?

  • scott says:

    Genghis, do you know if I could use a Lloyds upgrade voucher for someone else on a return booking or does it have to be the voucher owner travelling? Cheers

    • Genghis says:

      Not possible per the rules “The cardholder must travel on any booking made using an upgrade voucher.” or de facto with online bookings. Not heard about any successes on phone bookings but others might have?

      • Alex W says:

        Yes i have booked for someone else on the phone using Lloyds upgrade voucher.

  • Ant says:

    so looking at the terms it looks to me that you can use the voucher to upgrade 2 one way flights from Hong Kong to London. Is that right? Has anyone used the voucher this way?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, can be done. Warning – tax should be nil (almost) due to HK law on banning surchargs. Avios may still be charging people even though ba,com does not. Some need to take legal action to get the money repaid.

      • Yan says:

        It certainty won’t be nil tax, just no fuel charge to pay for

        Hong Kong Airport Passenger Security Charge (I5) £4.50
        Hong Kong Air Passenger Departure Tax (HK) £11.90
        Hong Kong Airport Construction Fee (G3) £15.90

        You can get HK APD refund if transiting from a separate ticket on the day