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Aer Lingus is launching two new long-haul routes, bookable on Avios

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Aer Lingus has announced two new routes to North America.

It will fly direct from Dublin to Montreal and Minneapolis–Saint Paul from Summer 2019.

Full details are on the Aer Lingus website here.

Montreal is due to start on 8th August 2019 with an Airbus A321neo. Minneapolis–Saint Paul launches on 8th July 2019 and will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft.

Montreal is, I think, the first route to be confirmed with a new Airbus A321neo long-range version.  Aer Lingus has 12 of these aircraft on order for delivery between 2019 and 2022.

They are capable of flying non-stop to the US and Canadian eastern coasts.  What isn’t yet clear is how passengers, especially business passengers, will react to using a single-aisle aircraft normally found on short-haul routes.  The business class will be fully flat.

Both of these flights will be available for Avios redemption.  This HfP article explains the rather complex process for redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus.  You CAN still book via avios.com even though your avios.com account may have been closed – this HfP article explains how.

You can find out more on the website here.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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.

Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.

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 (121)

  • xcalx says:

    OT Has anyone cancelled an IB award booking which used the Iberia promo avios and did the avios go back into the account. I understand avios will be refunded to IB account if cancelled before 1 December. Is this correct, I can’t find the TCs from the original article the link takes me to the main Iberia page. Thanks.

  • Benylin says:

    Does spend on my supplementary BAPP go towards the main card holders 10k 2-for-1 trigger? Just double checking.

  • Benylin says:

    Sorry couldn’t edit my previous post to add this.
    I don’t have a SPG membership, I guess too late to open one? Anyway can I use my Platinum card to receive status directly with my Marriott account?
    How do I do it?

    • Rob says:

      Americanexpress.co.uk/platinum and fill in the online form giving your Marriott number. Do NOT let Amex open a Marriott account for you.

      • paulm says:

        Did this recently and they decided to ignore my account number and create another one which I can’t get them to merge!

      • Benylin says:

        Thanks. Will do it with my Marriott membership number.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: My curve (before I’d hit limit) would allow me to pay my amex bills, but now I have a new Curve card for family member, it won’t let me pay down my Amex bills, ways gets declined. I have used the card normally in shops so I know it’s working. Any ideas?

  • jonny says:

    Does one still get 5k bonus points on the first platinum supplementary card?

  • Alan says:

    OT bits – warning for Curve users – ATM withdrawals may no longer be free as underlying transaction details now being passed to the funding card…

    https://blog.imaginecurve.com/introduction-of-new-technology-for-transaction-processing/

  • Tom says:

    DUB to YUL should be a nice short flight, so a single aisle aircraft will work. I’d certainly rather be on an A321 neo than a ratty old 757 to MSP:.

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