In this article we’ll look at whether you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with Aer Lingus and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.
It is possible to earn Avios on Aer Lingus and in fact, AerClub, Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer program also uses the Avios reward currency. This means that there are two ways of earning Avios with Aer Lingus.
Option 1 for earning Avios on Aer Lingus:
When you book or manage your flights with Aer Lingus, you can add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.
Because British Airways and Aer Lingus both belong to the same group of companies, International Airlines Group (IAG), their earning rates are almost identical.
Here is the full chart of earning rates, sourced from the British Airways website. We are comparing the earnings when you take a flight on Aer Lingus compared to taking a flight on British Airways.
Economy lowest – 25% on both airlines
Economy flexible – 100% on both airlines
Premium Economy – Aer Lingus does not have a premium economy cabin. 100%-150% on British Airways
Business lowest – 150% both airlines
Business flexible – 250% on both airlines
First – Aer Lingus does not have first class – 250%-300% on British Airways
As you can see, all the classes have the same earning rates. However, because Aer Lingus does not fly premium economy or first class cabins, British Airways has several rates for intermediate and additional rates for these.
Despite their almost identical earning rates, Aer Lingus does not match the additional Avios tier bonus that British Airways runs for Executive Club Bronze, Silver and Gold card holders so you’ll be losing out on another 25%-100% in additional Avios, though you do get a minimum Avios award of 300 per flight.
Option 2 for earning Avios on Aer Lingus:
Aer Lingus has its own Avios-based loyalty scheme called Aer Club. Nothing stops you from opening an Aer Club account, crediting it with the Avios from your Aer Lingus flight and then using ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them to British Airways Executive Club.
Just to make life confusing, the earning model for Aer Club is totally different. It is not based on your class of travel, it is purely based on how much you spend.
The Aer Lingus website explains this is more detail. You earn 3 Avios per €1 spent. You may need to do the maths to see which of the two options here (AerClub or British Airways Executive Club) is more lucrative.
You will NOT earn British Airways Executive Club tier points when you fly with Aer Lingus as it is not a member of the oneworld alliance.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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