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How to book low cost flights on Avios points to Montreal with Aer Lingus

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We told you last week that Aer Lingus is launching Montreal and Minneapolis for Summer 2019.

What I didn’t spot at the time is that Aer Lingus is NOT fudging Avios pricing to Montreal.

This is what I mean.  Dublin to Boston is 2,993 miles.  This was a generally agreed fact at Aer Lingus when it was a British Airways Executive Club partner.

However, when Aer Lingus launched its Avios programme 18 months ago, Boston mysteriously moved.  Aer Lingus suddenly decided that it was over 3,000 miles from Dublin.  This meant that the cost of an Avios redemption in Business Class on a peak date jumped from 75,000 Avios to 120,000 Avios.

Aer Lingus new livery

Dublin to Montreal is 2,973 miles.  And, for once, Aer Lingus is not disputing this fact.

Montreal, which starts on 9th August 2019, is correctly pricing up in the cheaper Avios Zone 4.  This means that an Economy redemption using Avios is just 10,000 Avios each way off-peak and 12,500 Avios each way peak.  Taxes will vary depending on whether you book on avios.com (£188 return) or with BA via the telephone (should be under £100).

A Business Class redemption to Montreal will be just 31,250 Avios each-way off-peak and 37,500 Avios each-way peak.  That said, Aer Lingus only usually makes one Business Class seat available and even that isn’t yet showing for Montreal.  You can book Economy redemptions however.

You can read more about the new Montreal and Minneapolis routes on the Aer Lingus site here.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. 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 (184)

  • Harry says:

    Hi, booking IHG today in light of the 100% points sale.
    As IHG will only allow lowest tier room booking for award nights (limited to 2 people), any advice on how to book a room with two young children (3yo and 1yo). Im happy for the younger one to co-sleep and the older one in a cot.
    If relevant, we are booking as Spire Ambassador and the property is Intercon Mauritius

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Book the standard reward room and email hotel?

    • jarvester says:

      With a bit of research you’ll find properties that will allow you to book rooms that can accommodate four people as a standard reward. They are not frequent but do exist. If none of those suit your travel plans I always phone the hotel in advance and explain my situation. If you have status more often than not they will agree to pre-upgrade you to a family room for the price of a standard reward. Just be nice and ask as a favor upfront, as this is not part of your benefits. The four of us just been to Amsterdam last month and both the newly opened QO and the Kimpton de Witt agreed on this upfront as Spire members, which was a super nice touch and made our holiday stress free. Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (nice hotel!) and CP Newcastle are two others that come to mind, but there have been more over the years, so ask nicely and you shall receive. And don’t take no as an answer if you don’t succeed initially, just keep trying until you find someone willing to help 😉 p.s.: I don’t think you’ll get too far with Intercontinental, but would like to be proven wrong if someone has had a different experience!

      • Harry says:

        Thanks. Will try and contact. I’m banking on the spire/ambassador upgrade will get me to a family room anyway.
        Btw I enjoyed the QO Amsterdam too. Better than the kimpton other than location.

  • Ed says:

    O/t: a referral from wife’s ba blue to a bapp for me. This should result in a referral bonus for her and me? 4K for her and 1k additional for me??

  • BJ says:

    OT: I cannot recall if anybody mentioned it already but just noticed avios has disappeared as a pay out partner at TC leaving only BA.

    • swhostring says:

      Not worth mentioning! avios.com (as was) is no longer extant, is pining, he has expired & gone to meet his maker, he is pushing up the daisies, ceased to be, has shuffled off the mortal coil. This is an ex-points scheme.

      Hence only BAEC these days.

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