Emerald Airlines recently launched flights to the UK mainland from Belfast City Airport, operating as an Aer Lingus franchise.
As we covered on HfP late last year, Emerald Airlines is the start-up carrier which is taking over the Aer Lingus Regional routes from the defunct Stobart Air.
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.
Emerald is already flying to the following airports from Belfast City:
- Leeds Bradford
On Monday, it announced two new routes:
Flights on these two new routes start on 7th July.
All Emerald Airlines flights under the Aer Lingus Regional brand are operated by ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft – image above.
Flights between London Heathrow and London City Airport from Belfast City are not be part of this agreement. These routes continue to operated directly by Aer Lingus and British Airways (from Heathrow) and BA CityFlyer (from London City).
You can book these flights via the Aer Lingus website here.
You can find out more about these new routes on the Emerald Airlines website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.)