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How to earn Avios in Aer Lingus AerClub – including earning Avios from flying United Airlines

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It is now five years since Aer Lingus AerClub was launched.  We don’t cover it much on Head for Points but – as you can earn Avios in AerClub which can be moved across to British Airways Executive Club via ‘Combine My Avios’ – it is worth knowing about how it works.

I thought our Aer Lingus A330 business class review earlier this month (Rhys flew from Manchester to Barbados) was as good an excuse as any to cover this topic again. There will also be an Aer Lingus A321LR single aisle long haul business class review in July as I fly from Dublin to New York.

The key point you should remember – in my view – is that United Airlines is an AerClub partner, despite being in Star Alliance!  I wrote a separate article about this here.  You can earn Avios in AerClub when you fly United Airlines.

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How do you earn Avios in AerClub?

The home page for earning Avios is here.

Earning Avios from flying Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus flights earn Avios in AerClub at the rate of 3 per €1 spent.  This is based on the cash price of your flight, excluding “Government taxes”.   In the small print of AerClub, however, it says “excluding taxes, fees and charges imposed other than by Aer Lingus”.  This means that they may also deduct landing charges etc which will leave very little behind.

For flights not paid for in €, you will earn:

  • 4 Avios per £1
  • 3 Avios per US$1
  • 2 Avios per Canadian $1

Flights booked in other currencies will be converted to €.  You do not earn Avios on ancillary charges such as baggage or seat selection fees.

If you have AerClub status (not British Airways Executive Club status) you earn a tier bonus:

  • 25% for Silver
  • 50% for Platinum
  • 75% for Concierge

I won’t focus on the tier levels as I assume 99% of HfP readers are focused on the British Airways Executive Club scheme.

Earning Avios from flying Aer Lingus partners

Because Aer Lingus is not in the oneworld alliance, you cannot credit oneworld partner flights to AerClub.

The truly odd United Airlines partnership remains.  You earn 100% of miles flown for Premium Economy and Business Class, and between 0% (sub-classes F, I and X) and 75% of miles flown in Economy depending on ticket type.  If you find yourself flying United, crediting to AerClub to earn Avios will often be a lot more useful than earning a handful of Star Alliance miles which may never be spent.

You can also credit British Airways flights to AerClub at the same rates as you’d receive in British Airways Executive Club.

earn Avios flying united airlines via aer lingus

Earning Avios in AerClub from non-flying partners

Given that AerClub is now five years old, the list of non-flying partners remains weak. It will soon get weaker, with supermarket partner SuperValu pulling out in May

The only exclusive deals which you won’t also find via British Airways Executive Club are:

  • The Merrion, Dublin hotel – earn 2 Avios per €1 spent
  • Decathlon (Dublin store) – earn 5 Avios per €1 spent
  • Appleby Jewellers, Dublin – earn 1 Avios per €1 spent
  • Devine’s Worldwide Chauffeur Services – earn 3 Avios per €1 or £1
  • Oliver Bonas – earn 5 Avios per €1 spent online or in the Belfast store
  • Aer Lingus Holidays – earn 1 Avios per €1 spent

Like BAEC, AerClub has partnerships for hotel bookings via Kaligo.com and Rocketmiles

There is one upside here.  As long as you use a different email address and payment card, you should be able to claim a new ‘first time booker’ bonus on a Kaligo or Rocketmiles booking because you can give your AerClub number instead of your BA Executive Club number.

How to earn Avios in Aer Lingus AerClub

How do you spend Avios in AerClub?

The Aer Lingus website page for spending Avios is here.

This HfP article shows you everything you need to know about how to redeem Avios points on Aer Lingus which can lead to substantial tax savings when flying to North America. Ignore the bits in that article about BA Executive Club redemptions needing a telephone call.

In a key change in early 2022, Aer Lingus redemptions finally became bookable online via ba.com. A sneaky extra chunk of taxes means that it is still better to book via AerClub as this HfP article shows.

In order to make a booking using AerClub Avios, you need to log in at avios.com using your AerClub account number. In summary:

  • you can book Aer Lingus flights via avios.com using AerClub Avios
  • taxes are likely to be lower than if you book the same flight on ba.com using British Airways Executive Club Avios
  • the peak and off-peak chart differs from the British Airways one, and the same peak and off-dates apply whether you book via avios.com or BAEC

Note that you cannot redeem Avios on United Airlines even though you can earn them.

Conclusion

The key thing to know about AerClub is that it lets you earn Avios when flying with United Airlines.

It will also let you earn a 2nd ‘first time hotel booker’ bonus from Kaligo.com or Rocketmiles because you can now credit a booking to AerClub.  There are also a few minor exclusive partnerships but they are unlikely to interest most HfP readers, with the possible exception of The Merrion hotel deal if you are travelling to Dublin.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

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.

American Express Amex Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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.)

Comments (25)

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  • Keith says:

    I flew Aeri Lingus with BA Exec number. No Avios appeared so contacted BA. Response I got:
    On economy Aer Lingus fares only flights with a booked classes of Y, M, N, L, W, R and S are eligible for Avios.

    My flights were A and Z class.

    Important information that I was unaware of. Cheap tickets don’t get a minimum 250 Avios like BA does

    • ADS says:

      It’s a good point Keith – and the cheaper L, S, R, W fares only give you 75 avios for a DUB-LGW flight for example.

      But if you credit your flight to AerClub you always seem to get 3 avios per Euro (base fare) – which will presumably be more lucrative for most tickets.

      • Keith says:

        I’ll be switching to using my AerClub to get at least something. Using my BA status doesn’t give me anything anyway as I’m flying from MAN

  • Liam says:

    Where you mentioned about ignoring the bits in that article about BA Executive Club redemptions needing a telephone call…does that mean that it would now be around £75 taxes booking online with BAEC? Or do you still need to specifically call BAEC to get the £75 taxes (even though booking online is now possible)?

    • Rob says:

      The £75 taxes are no longer available. The trade-off for being able to book Aer Lingus online at ba.com was a hike in the taxes, which ironically makes it cheaper to book at avios.com if the availability matches.

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