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The 2021 Aer Lingus peak and off-peak Avios flight redemption calendar

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What are the peak and off-peak calendar dates for redeeming Avios points in 2021? 

We have turned the Aer Lingus peak and off peak into a neat little table, below, which gives a better overview of the entire availability.

Avios peak and off-peak timetable

There are two things to remember:

This calendar only applies to Aer Lingus. British Airways and Iberia have their own peak and off-peak dates. You can see the British Airways peak and off peak calendar for 2021 here and the Iberia peak and off peak calendar for 2021 here. This is useful because you will often find that when BA is peak during UK half-term school holidays, Iberia (and occasionally Aer Lingus) are running off-peak fares.

The Aer Lingus calendar applies wherever you book an Iberia redemption, whether it is on ba.com, aerlingus.com or avios.com.  Similarly, if you try to book an British Airways redemption on aerlingus.com it will NOT follow the dates below.

All redemptions on partner airlines such as Qatar Airways are charged on a separate chart at peak date rates, 100% of the time

Note that peak dates are in yellow whilst off peak is in white.  Click to enlarge:

Aer Lingus peak off peak Avios redemption 2021

Whilst Irish and British school holidays vary, Aer Lingus’s peak dates cover the big holidays including the summer, Christmas and Easter.

There are some exceptions. February, May and October half terms are all off-peak on the Aer Lingus calendar, as are both May bank holiday weekends.

This means that Aer Lingus redemptions are cheaper during those holidays, and you are likely to save on taxes and fees, too. You can see how Aer Lingus redemptions charge lower taxes and fees here.

We have created an online peak/off-peak calendar for 2021 that you can subscribe to on your mobile device or calendar app. Click here to subscribe.

As a reminder, here is the peak and off-peak Avios pricing chart for Aer Lingus flights:

Aer Lingus Avios reward flight prices (plus taxes, fees and carrier charges)
Zone Distance Economy Business Class
Offpeak Peak Offpeak Peak
1 1—650 miles 4,000 4,500 7,750 9,000
2 651—1,150 miles 6,500 7,500 12,750 15,000
3 1,150—2,000 miles 8,500 10,000 17,000 20,000
4 2001—3000 miles 10,000 12,500 31,250 37,500
5 3,001—4,000 miles 13,000 20,000 50,000 60,000
6 4,001—5,500 miles 16,250 25,000 62,500 75,000

If you want to learn more about how to spend your Avios most efficiently, read our beginner’s guide to redeeming Avios points here.

You can read more about how the British Airways companion voucher works in this article.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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