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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 UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (10)

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  • 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 ?

    • Rob says:

      That is how they displayed on the Avios site annoyingly.

      • pauldb says:

        If you zoom out your browser on avios.com you can get them on a single screenshot.

    • Rob says:

      Just do a screen shot of HFP and use picresize.com or similar to crop it.

  • 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.

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