A number of attractive flight deals have been launched by the oneworld alliance airlines, plus Aer Lingus, out of Dublin.
This isn’t part of an official Aer Lingus sale but the deals are definitely there.
- Cancun €1,310
- New York €1,332
- Montreal €1,346
- Mexico City €1,363
- Miami €1,366
I managed to book two tickets for myself and my daughter for exactly €3,000 for a New York trip we had agreed to do together in July. It is a midweek trip, with no Saturday night stay, and most ‘sale’ fares wouldn’t cover that. This one does.
With the taxes and charges on Avios and Virgin Points flights to New York in Business Class now approaching £1,000 per person, paying €1,500 cash out of Dublin was a no-brainer.
It also means I can review the A321neo Business Class seat for HfP – and I managed to get us both ‘throne’ seats in both directions:
Importantly, if you book an Aer Lingus ticket on aerlingus.com, it is fully flexible. As long as you are travelling by 30th September, you can refund any Business Class ticket on Aer Lingus for a CASH refund, less a 15% fee. This meant that using cash over Avios was a no-brainer.
These fares require a minimum three day stay and must be booked by 31st March for travel by 31st December.
For routes on Aer Lingus, you should book directly via Aer Lingus here to ensure you can easily get a refund if needed. Remember you need to book from Dublin, not London.
Other routes, which will send you Dublin – London – [wherever], can be booked on ba.com here.
It is also worth looking at Expedia for pricing, but try to book direct if you can. If we learned one thing during the pandemic, it is that you should not use online travel agents if you can in case ‘stuff happens’.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.)