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…. and here’s the Aer Lingus peak and off peak Avios calendar for 2019

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In our other article today we published the Iberia and British Airways peak and off peak calendars for 2019 which are very useful when planning reward flights, especially during school holidays.

Since 2017 Aer Lingus also has its own peak and off peak calendar.

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 and most of October are also off peak on Iberia, but there are number of days where Aer Lingus is the only IAG airline with off peak days.

On short haul the cost differences are modest. If you want to fly from London to Dublin in Economy on 12th February 2019 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 reviewed the seat here)

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 (actually, you can’t do it online, you need to call) 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.  You should compare the taxes and charges across both avios.com and the BA call centre before booking however.

Aer Lingus 2018:

(blue = off-peak, green = peak, click to substantially enlarge)

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2019

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2019

Aer Lingus 2019:

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2019

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2019

Aer Lingus Avios off peak calendar 2019


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (10)

  • Walty says:

    Slightly OT – I have an aer lingus flight booked on points via BA. Are there any OneWorld portals I can use to manage my booking and pick seats or do I have to phone. I’ve tried BA and Aerlingus but no option. Thanks

  • Scottydogg says:

    Is it just me that can’t seem to just save them as 1 sheet ?
    Seems to split them into 5 rows of 3 ?

  • Lumma says:

    Can you book Aer Lingus on BA.com now? I thought you had to call?

  • @mkcol says:

    Is there any disadvantage to booking Aer Lingus on ba.com like there is for IB flights?

    • Rob says:

      Taxes differ (or at least did) between ba.com and avios.com

      • Walty says:

        I’ve found recently that for short haul, taxes are greater when phoning BA than on Avios.com but for long haul, the opposite is true.