Aer Lingus cancels all flights on two US routes to Miami and Minneapolis-St Paul
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Aer Lingus has done an excellent job of building out its North American routes over the last few years. IAG has been trying to position Aer Lingus as a ‘value’ carrier across the Atlantic, but the truth is that it has a very good business class product which is substantially better than British Airways Club World.
Here is the business class cabin:
… and here is Anika’s review of Aer Lingus business class from Dublin to Boston in 2017.
Aer Lingus is currently receiving 14 Airbus A321LR aircraft as we covered here. These are single-aisle aircraft with an extended range, allowing them to fly from Ireland to the US East Coast. The photo below shows the flat bed business class seat being used. The plan was to serve small cities that could not justify a long-haul aircraft.
Unfortunately, it seems that coronavirus is causing the plan to unravel.
The first cancellation is Minneapolis-St Paul, which is now confirmed. Perhaps more surprisingly, flights to Miami have also been removed from sale.
We need to see what the future holds for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Newark, New York JFK, Hartford, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Washington and Orlando.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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
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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
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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
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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
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
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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.
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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.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
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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.
American Express Business Platinum
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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.