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Aer Lingus launches new Seattle route – and how to redeem Avios with minimal taxes

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Yes, two Aer Lingus articles in one day!  But we have a good excuse.

Aer Lingus announced a new route from Dublin to Seattle on Friday.  This offers a new way to spend your Avios points and a new way of getting to the US without paying heavy taxes and charges.

The Seattle service will start on 18th May and operate four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.


Unlike the new Philadelphia route, this  service will use one of the new Airbus A330 aircraft with the impressive Aer Lingus 1-2-1 business class seating.  Anika’s review of this seat should run on Monday.

Aer Lingus will now be running the following long-haul services next Summer from Dublin:

  • Miami (3 per week)
  • New York (21 per week)
  • Boston (14 per week)
  • Chicago (14 per week)
  • San Francisco (7 per week)
  • Orlando (4 per week)
  • Philadelphia (4 per week)
  • Toronto (7 per week)
  • Washington (7 per week)
  • Los Angeles (7 per week)
  • Hartford (7 per week)

Seattle flights are already available for purchase at


How to redeem Avios for Aer Lingus

I covered this earlier in the week in the first of Anika’s review series, but I thought it was worth running through it again here.

It used to be the case that Aer Lingus seats could only be booked with Avios via a telephone call to British Airways Executive Club, with no way of checking availability online.

This changed in December 2016, when Aer Lingus reward availability was loaded into

At the same time, Aer Lingus introduced peak and off-peak pricing.  The list of peak dates does NOT match the British Airways list of peak dates.  You can see the Aer Lingus 2018 peak and off-peak calendar here (the BA and Iberia calendars are here).

Taxes are very low when redeeming Avios for Aer Lingus long-haul flights.   Avios has still found a way to make it confusing, however.

There are now TWO ways of booking a redemption on Aer Lingus:

Option 1 is to use  You can book online and you get the widest choice of dates.  You will pay around £200 in taxes and charges for a long-haul flight from Dublin to North America.


Option 2 is to use  You cannot book online, only by telephone.  Anecdotally, there is less availability than you see via, and you cannot check availability online before you ring.  However, you will only pay around £75 in taxes and charges for a long-haul flight from Dublin to North America.

Remember that these taxes figures assume you start your trip from Dublin.  If you add in a connection from the UK on the same ticket then you will be hit for long-haul Air Passenger Duty of over £100.  You will probably want to buy or redeem for a separate connecting ticket to Dublin, although you should try to stick with Aer Lingus as they will be more inclined to help if your inbound flight is delayed.

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 (15)

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  • Polly says:

    Definitely Willie Walsh 3rd runway for LHR is at Dub now with that choice of TATL flights. Amazing choice now..lets hope he doesn’t equalise those taxes at some point!

  • KevMc says:

    I tried looking for availability on and yesterday, but the Aer Lingus flights didn’t seem to show up on either. I tried the whole months of August and September, so I assume they’ve not been added yet?

  • Nicole says:

    Do you know the reason for taxes being so low when you book by phone?

    I checked yesterday for three seats plus an infant from Dublin to Toronto return on, and came up with £508 plus 80,000 points, which isn’t bad considering a London to Toronto flight is around £300pp. Having read the earlier post on this, I then called BAEC, and sure enough – £253! (This was without the infant as the guy was having trouble, but that won’t add much to the cost)

    • Rob says:

      Historical reasons. When all reward booking moves to next June it will end.

      • Mikeact says:

        That’s a known definite ? Includes EI and SA ? Hopefully, they will include the best of all the current sites.

        • Alan says:

          Here’s hoping it’ll be able to cope with domestic connections better than the current site! Thankfully staff are fairly decent. Will be a shame to lose these low-tax options though – also make it easier for Americans to book with their oodles of points!

    • dicksbits says:

      which month of the year was this? I can only find 100,000 points required and that’s OFF PEAK dates in May. Was it in the low season?

  • TripRep says:

    Interested in this myself, does sounds a strange quirk, how long will this hack last?

  • Mikeact says:

    But, as some will be aware, you cannot book the new Philadelphia route for next Summer though I have now raised a formal complaint, as their argument is that AerLingus do not run this route.
    But, it is a wet lease, not code share, through ASL Airlines, and is a normal EI flight, as far as product, cabin crew AND REDEMPTIONS go. Even AerLingus have tweeted that seats should be available.
    Very frustrating and annoying.

    • @mkcol says:

      That’s ludicrous. I wonder if there are other wet lease routes in EI’s name which do have AVIOS availability?

    • Rob says:

      There are lots of Lingus routes run via ASL, have been for years, and this issue has never come up before AFAIK.

      • @mkcol says:

        Well I’ve just tweeted Avios & EI to see if they can say which routes ASL operate on that you can redeem Avios for. I’m not expecting a useful answer.

  • Martin says:

    I heard you could find availability online through the United site and then book by phone

  • Steve Jones says:

    Are the EI off peak dates applicable for reward flights booked through BAEC?

  • Bob says:

    Unable to find availability for Seattle flight in July, any idea how long it takes for new routes to show up on for redemption?

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