Aer Lingus submitted its legal application this week for anti-trust immunity to allow it to join the transatlantic joint venture led by IAG.
This would allow you to earn British Airways Executive Club tier points on Aer Lingus flights to the US. You can already earn Avios, but not tier points.
At present, British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair operate their flights to and from North America as one company. All of the money, irrespective of which airline is flown, goes into a pot and is then distributed to the four airlines under a complex formula.
Aer Lingus has now applied to join this joint venture. This does not automatically mean that Aer Lingus will also join the oneworld alliance. Interestingly, the application states that Aer Lingus can continue its current codeshares with JetBlue and United and in theory can add further deals on top.
There will be some changes. Whilst you currently earn Avios flying with Aer Lingus, British Airways does not currently offer tier points in the Executive Club unless it is on a BA codeshare. This would change if the joint venture is approved.
The full legal submission is here (link removed as document removed). Don’t expect this to be approved rapidly, however.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.
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