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Save 20% on almost all hotels, everywhere via an Aer Lingus AerClub promo

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AerClub is the Avios-based reward scheme for Aer Lingus, BA’s sister airline.  The ability to pay for hotels (and car hire and experiences, but we’re focusing on hotels here) has just been introduced to AerClub.

AerClub has been running an interesting offer.  You can save 20% on all hotels bookings made using Avios – or, more interestingly, part cash and part Avios.  You must book by 19th July but can stay until 31st December 2018.

You can find out more on the AerClub site here.

This deal has been implemented in a slightly odd way which makes it good value for using Avios – but very good value for using cash.

When you use Avios to book a hotel, you are given a number of options.  One is ‘all Avios’.  The last is usually ‘1000 Avios plus a lot of cash’.  There are few options in the middle.

Because the ‘all Avios’ option has been reduced by 20% under this promo, all of the other options have been reduced by 20% too.  This includes the ‘1000 Avios plus a lot of cash’ one.

I know this isn’t too clear.  It is easier to explain with an example.  Here is the Hilton London Paddington for 16th August booked via the BA ‘Avios for hotels’ booking portal which is not running this promotion:

…. and here is the same hotel via the avios.com hotel portal when you log in via an Aer Club account (if you don’t have one, open one at aerlingus.com and then log in at avios.com with the details):

How does the pricing compare?

The cash price of this room booked via hilton.com for non-members of Hilton Honors is £209.

This is in line with the price via the BA hotel portal, at £200 plus 1000 Avios.

Using the avios.com hotel portal (logged in with an Aer Club account) we get a far better deal – £160 plus 1000 Avios.

To book ….

You could book this hotel with ‘all Avios’ but you’re only getting the usual 0.55p per point of value compared to Aer Club’s heavily discounted cash price.

It is far better to just move 1,000 Avios from British Airways to your AerClub account and then, in this case, pay the £160 cash.

This same deal seems to work for ALL of the hotels in ALL countries on the avios.com booking site.  Some do not let you go as low as 1,000 Avios, however, so you may need to burn more points.

Remember that bookings via the Avios / BA hotel booking sites do NOT earn you loyalty points in the hotel scheme and do NOT earn you status benefits.  If you can get a 20% discount on the usual cash price via this Aer Lingus offer, however, you will struggle to beat that at most properties even if you are sacrificing points earning.

If you want to see the full details, look at the AerClub site here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

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

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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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 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.

Comments (61)

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  • Jack says:

    Why is this so confusing!! To be clear, I feel I log into Avios.com using my Avios.com details, I see a banner that says ‘you’re a member of aerclub’. And a member of flybe. Does that mean I’m seeing the right offers? The page looks nothing like rob’s.

    Or do I need to delink my Avios and merge with aerclub??

  • Jay Bee says:

    I also have BAEC linked to my avoid, will the AerLingus offer prices come up when i log into the avoid website?

    Also, how do i get the points plus cash? I click on the room and it only seems to show points, of which I do not have nought to complete the booking with points only. Help! Thanks

    • Rob says:

      No you need to log in to Avios.com using an AerClub account.

      • Jay Bee says:

        Ive used the same email address for AerClub as BAEC and my existing avoids account (which was linked to BAEC). So when i log into avios, I won’t be getting the offer? 🙁

        • Rob says:

          Yes you will, because avios.com log-in for Aer Lingus members is via user name and not via email.

  • Peter K says:

    Any advice on how to open an Aer Lingus account please? I’ve gone back to Rob’s old article on this, taken the space out in my postcode, put only 2 numbers of my mobile in the first box and the rest in the second as advised but still no joy.
    Tried previously on Chrome on my mobile and chrome on a laptop and desktop but still no joy. Thanks in advance.

    • Peter K says:

      I’ve tried different email addresses, using my landline not a mobile, different user names but no joy.

      • Cinimo says:

        I had an issue where it didn’t like my complicated password for aer club. Even though I used the same password with my avios account. I had to remove symbols to get it to work.

      • Peter K says:

        Well, it turns it that I must have almost created an account a while ago with them but somehow not verified it…and there were no emails from them in my inbox to know I had done this (I checked).
        Alternatively, they created an account when I was trying recently but threw up an error rather than confirmation message. It had thus been sitting waiting for confirmation without letting me know this was the situation while I tried to create an(other) account.
        I only worked this out by guessing that the username I’d chosen couldn’t have been taken by anyone else and tried logging in with it! It then, and only then, send me a verify your account email!

  • Rob says:

    Anyone having issues.

    Just spoke to Avios and they told me to open a new AerClub account.

    I had the same username for both.. which created problems.

    Rob

    • Rob says:

      Nope still not working.

      Hearing different things from different chat support at Avios.

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T might be some decent Qatar fares out of Cardiff if you look – apparently numbers flying disappoint
    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/qatar-airways-cardiff-airport-doha-flights-passenger-numbers-akbar-al-baker-a8450646.html

    • Jack says:

      Very interesting harry. I’ve never seen anything remotely cheaper from CWL. Odd choice to launch a new route.

      • Sam G says:

        I got a Y ticket to Singapore for £350 for my MIL but never any good deals in biz ex UK (except that AKL that turned out to be a mistake) – I think they agree with BA not to discount too much

  • Lynn says:

    Does the discount still work if you link your Aer Club account with your Avios account? When I try to book a hotel through the Aer Club site it takes me to my Avios account

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