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Good oneworld flight deals out of Dublin – so good that I booked one

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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.

Options include:

Aer Lingus A330
  • 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:

Aer Lingus A321 neo busines class

Importantly, if you book an Aer Lingus ticket on, 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 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 (March 2023)

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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 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 £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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.

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