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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
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.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 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.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.