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The new Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat is revealed

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Australian Business Traveller, of all people, has got exclusive images of the business class seat that Aer Lingus is using on its new A321LR fleet.

Aer Lingus has 14 of these aircraft on order.  Whilst they will look like standard short haul aircraft from the outside, they have capacity to fly transatlantic.  Aer Lingus has also announced plans to use them on selected short haul routes, both to keep the aircraft busy during the day and to allow premium passengers a good connection experience.

The seat is, not surprisingly, the same ‘Vantage’ product used on its A330 and Boeing 757 fleet.   Click to enlarge:

Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat

There will be 16 seats per aircraft with a staggered layout in order that the feet of the person behind can fit under the seat in front.  This is a layout which usually works well unless you don’t like your feet being in a cubbyhole.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat


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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 card

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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.

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (95)

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  • Roger says:

    OT- Any idea if EY allows overnight complimentary hotel stays for miles redemption (including from partner airline miles) in J?

    Not quite clear from the link above

  • Kevin C says:

    OT – Looking at booking Qantas flights to Dubai operated by Emirates. If I go through the Amex travel site (I have an offer) it states that bags aren’t included but Qantas don’t seem to sell hand luggage only fares. So is that a mistake or do Amex have access to a special fare? Emirates flights sold by Amex cost the same and include luggage.

  • TripRep says:

    OT I wonder if the new Edinburgh Virgin Hotel will also become part of the Hilton brand. Rather a mouthful for a name…..

    • Shoestring says:

      …and will the Edinburgh Virgin get a Shag Room? We deserve to be told!

  • James says:

    On the back of the news about Crowne Plaza Colchester, did you know IHG have lost Heythrop Park in the Cotswolds to Warner Group? The hotel is no longer available to book via IHG. Gutted!

    • Nick Burch says:

      I had a few lovely points redemptions out there, was sad to see it vanish a month or two ago from IHG 🙁

      Does seem that IHG are loosing their regional UK options…

  • BJ says:

    @Rob, a day or two ago I think you mentioned you knew what was happening at BA today. Is it just the ad or can we look forward to something else?

    • Rob says:

      Just the ad I think but let’s see. I am literally sat 20 feet from Alex at a oneworld event as I type!

      • BJ says:

        Then what you need to do is open your ipad at a pic of that seat, leave it sitting casually beside you and hope he drops by for a quick word 🙂

    • Simon says:

      I think it’s just so he can post the link to the virgin ad again. He seems to *really* like that one

      • Anonymous says:

        Virgin ad is sexist as it is just about female beauty and comparing it to a brand to reflect ‘hotness’…

        I watched it without sound so I’m basing my opinion on visual. Virgin ad is offensive.

        • NotPerpetuallyOffended says:


        • Rob says:

          You need the sound on because it is the Frankie soundtrack that really makes it work.

          I agree that it wouldn’t necessarily get made today.

        • Doug M says:

          You can’t reasonably apply today’s values to something 25 years old.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m too young I guess so I judged it for its visual message without taking into account that when this was made women were seen mostly as sex objects or were given credit based in looks…

          I gave my pov because I felt everyone was just hyping the ad. I guess you have to be of that generation to understand it.

          The commenter who only ‘yawn’ed- you could have explained the reasoning why it worked like Rob, no need to be defensive

        • Qwerty Bertie says:

          Doug, the Virgin ad is 10 years old, not 25. Was made in 2009 to celebrate the 25 year anniversary.

          That said, I don’t have a problem with the ad. Most women admire & would like to look like those in the ad, and most men would like to just admire them. What’s wrong with that, when it keeps the majority of viewers entertained?

  • Rui N. says:

    OT: if I get the Amex Platinum, how long does it take for the Priority Pass to arrive?
    I’m asking because I have a bunch of trips coming up in the March-May period, so I’d like to get the Amex Plat to get lounge access and potentially cancel it after I’m done travelling.
    My first trip is on March 20. Would it be enough to apply for the card on March 1st? This way I could only pay for 3 months on the Amex Plat (my last flight to the UK is on the Spring Bank Holiday on May 27).

    • BJ says:

      Sometimes arrives before the plat card itself. More often the same day or one or two days later. If for any reason the priority pass does not arrive before you need it just call them and they will give you the details you need to access your account on their app. This has a virtual card barcode that you can then use to access the lounge without the physical card.

    • Dave says:

      Should be fine if you apply on March 1st. My Amex and PP cards arrived within 2 days of being approved last week.

      • Rui N. says:

        That’s awesome. Thanks to the both of you.

        • BJ says:

          Whenever you decide to apply don’t forget to factor in an additional 10 days to cover you if you do not get an immediate online approval.

        • Doug says:

          I do have similar arrangement, but I’m ordering one now as I want to benefit on referrals (best benefit after lounge and hilton gold)

    • Lost+confused says:

      DP I applied for platinum on 27th Jan, it arrived on Wednesday and the Priority pass arrived today (Friday morning).

      • Lost+confused says:

        And the email I got said that I’d not received online approval so I was amazed how quick it arrived. I guess failing online approval was due to having recently moved.

        • Blue Mountains says:

          I used to apply for amex cards at the weekend or after hours but actually the trick seems to be applying Monday to Friday during their office hours (9.00 till 17.00 or 20.00?) for some unknown reason (to me). I can’t remember who had mentioned it on HfP but ever since I followed that advice it’s been immediate approval every time.

  • John says:

    Everything I heard about the CP Colchester told me to avoid it.

  • Sam says:

    OT: Cancelled Amex platinum. The card had an outstanding balance so waited until the pro rata refund came and then paid off the remainder. Is the 6 month anniversary for reapplying based on the day I called Amex or the day the final payment clears? Thanks.

    • Mark2 says:

      The date on the letter that they send you (probably the day that you ring them)

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