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 from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.