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New Avios routes are coming to Belfast City Airport

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Emerald Airlines has confirmed that it is launching flights to the UK mainland from Belfast City Airport.

As we covered on HfP recently, Emerald Airlines is the start-up carrier which is taking over the Aer Lingus Regional routes from the defunct Stobart Air.

Emerald Airlines has already announced the routes which it will launch from Dublin from March 2022. As an Aer Lingus franchise, the aircraft and crew will be branded as Aer Lingus and you can earn and spend Avios on these flights.

New Avios routes coming to Belfast City Airport

Emerald has now announced its first batch of routes from Belfast City Airport. Whilst there is no start date yet (“later this year”), the airline intends to fly to:

  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Manchester

Whilst no deal has yet been agreed, the plan is that these routes will be operated under the Aer Lingus Regional brand and will also codeshare with British Airways.

Flights to London Heathrow and London City Airport from Belfast City will not be part of this agreement. These routes will continue to operated directly by Aer Lingus and British Airways.

You can find out more on the Belfast City Airport website here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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

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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (18)

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  • Alan Todd says:

    Good news for the future of Belfast City Airport, although I must admit I’ve rather enjoyed having had use of the BA lounge in GLA whilst the City Flyer Embraers have been operating that route, as well as the mainline Aer Lingus service from EDI. It will be a shame to see those options go.

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