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Aer Lingus announces a big expansion at Belfast City Airport

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Both British Airways CityFlyer and Aer Lingus have stepped up at Belfast City Airport after the collapse of Aer Lingus Regional franchise holder Stobart Air in June.

As we covered in early September, CityFlyer has already announced increased frequencies to

  • Exeter (four flights per week)
  • Glasgow (13 flights per week)
  • Leeds Bradford (10 flights per week)
  • Birmingham (16 flights per week, a new route)
Aer Lingus announces a big expansion at Belfast City

Aer Lingus has now announced increased services on the routes it picked up from Stobart. From 31st October:

  • Manchester will go from daily to twice daily
  • Heathrow will go from 19 to 21 flights per week, returning it to pre-covid levels of service
  • Edinburgh will go from daily flights to 11 per week

Flights will earn Avios, but not British Airways Executive Club tier points, when bought for cash and will also be redeemable for Avios.

The increase in Manchester services will support the new long haul routes to Barbados, New York JFK and Orlando which launch across November and December.

You can confirm timings and pricing on aerlingus.com here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (10)

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  • Mikeact says:

    It might be helpful to review the easiest way to use Avios on AerLingus. I’ve been trying to book their recent announcement Gatwick to Knock for next May. Nothing shown on BA and my Avios/AerLingus account is also not shown for booking. I shall have to move a few Avios over to top up, but meanwhile waiting for their response.

  • Damian says:

    Have you logged onto Avios.com using your Aer Lingus details? Flights are shown available in May for Knock and can be booked there. Shown as 8000 avios + £61.95 taxes and surcharges. I’m always curious to know whether the charges are lower if booking through BA, but this would obviously have to be via telephone.

  • Mikeact says:

    I think it fair to say that anybody not used to the AerLingus site, may well find it very frustrating to find their way around it, not least when you have Avios.com involved as well as their own AerCub, loosely tied together. I just don’t understand why there has to be a , now defunct Avios.com involvement. The sooner IAG bring together one programme, if that is the plan, then so much the better.
    If you don’t have an AerLingus account, then try and sign up and see how you get on.

  • Kevin D says:

    I miss Flybe from BHD.

    • Fiona McLaren says:

      But BA are great and wonderful to have them back on domestic flights. Using jets rather than prop planes should make for more comfortable and reliable services this winter.

  • chris says:

    Annoying I don’t have the World Hotels offer on my Gold or BA Amex. Contacted Amex and they wont add it on manually. I have multiple other hotel offers of no interest but can’t get this one

  • James Harper says:

    Is there any idea when the AMEX Centurion lounge might open in T3? It’s been a long time in the making and I have a couple of T3 flights coming up next month, I’d be keen to try it.

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