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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.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (120)

  • Nick_C says:

    Thanks Alan. Extremely important, and I wouldnt have known about this otherwise.

    I’ve started a thread about this on MSE.

  • AT says:

    Curve now keeps declining when I try to pay my taxes at HMRC. Always worked fine, but now 1 attempt worked and all the rest were rejected.

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