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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 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 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 and then call BAEC to book – so your Avios points need to be sitting at

Aer Lingus 2017  (green = off-peak)

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Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2017_2

Aer Lingus 2018

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (35)

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  • 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

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