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Save 25% on Aer Lingus Avios flights this week

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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Aer Lingus AerClub, the airline is offering 25% off all Avios redemptions. See here for details.

It isn’t quite as good as it sounds, unfortunately.

Aer Lingus redemptions booked via or British Airways Executive Club are not discounted. These two booking platforms work off the standard Avios reward chart, where your flight is priced based on the distance travelled.

Aer Club Aer Lingus fifth anniversary

The 25% discount only applies to flights booked on

This is where you use Avios to reduce the cost of a cash flight. The good news when you do this is that there are no availability issues. If an Aer Lingus flight is bookable for cash, you pay for it – 100% of the cost – with Avios.

The bad news is that the value you get is poor.

To use the example on the Aer Lingus website, a €39.99 flight would usually cost 6,475 Avios. This is a poor 0.62 Eurocents (0.53p) per Avios. Why would you do this when you could convert your Avios to Nectar points and get 0.8p each for them?

Under the ‘25% off’ promotion, the same €39.99 flight will cost 4,850 Avios. This is still only getting you 0.82 Eurocents (0.70p) per Avios which remains poorer than sending your Avios to Nectar.

There are some black out dates for getting the 25% discount:

  • you must book by 7th November
  • you must travel by 24th March 2022
  • you cannot travel 17th-23rd December or 2nd-8th January

Assuming that you live in the UK and have the option of redeeming Avios for Nectar points, there is no reason to bother with this promotion.

You can find out more on the Aer Lingus website here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (22)

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  • Jerry says:

    I had no idea about easyjet carry on policy as I haven’t flown with them for ages – not since your duty free / handbag all had to fit in 1 carry-on bag. But we do have an upcoming easyjet flight as part of a Tui package to the Canaries in December. Tui were clear on their booking page customers must check easyjet baggage rules. The Tui/easyjet ticket includes a 23kg hold bag. Confronted with the easyjet booking page I could see the additional charge for extra legroom and up front seats showing, but not for overhead bags (£25.49 / £20.49) Then I discovered this option is only shown on the app. But it was absent there too. A note on the easyjet baggage rules says if the cabin baggage option is absent it is sold out, the option then is book a hold bag. The cabin looks pretty empty so I doubt this is oversold – extra legroom and up front seats are still available – so maybe the algorithm tries to sell those first before allowing overhead bags separately? Tui seem to buy a lot of easyjet seats to the Canaries. I doubt Tui customers understand or like the easyjet cabin bag policy, and it probably also causes Tui grief in complaints. I didn’t pick easyjet over a Tui flight, the dates just worked better. I also note Tui seem to price same hotel packages that use easyjet flight slightly lower than the same package using their own aircraft – which surprised me. Maybe the price differential suggests Tui customers prefer Tui aircraft and Tui baggage rules?

  • Joshua Critchley says:

    So, reading between the lines EasyJet sent hfp a stroppy email and hence the clarification.
    Well if hfp can’t say it, tye comments should.
    Shame on EasyJet for such a shambolic mess and STILL having the most confusing and convoluted baggage policy. Total shambles. Even important bankers like I am don’t understand it.

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