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.
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.
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