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FINALLY? Earn British Airways tier points when flying Aer Lingus

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It is almost two years since the application by Aer Lingus to join the transatlantic joint venture with British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair gained regulatory approval.

No-one told IAG’s IT department, however, and the move was grounded because of, I believe, IT integration issues.

These seem to be over. According to a LinkedIn post on Friday morning from a British Airways employee, which may have been leaked by mistake, Aer Lingus is now a full partner in the transatlantic joint venture.

The post was accompanied by this image, which implies that it is official:

Aer Lingus transatlantic joint venture

The post states:

“We’re delighted to welcome Aer Lingus as our new Atlantic Joint Business partner ….. To you and your business this means greater connectivity options and seamless travel between Europe and US.”

Assuming this is true, it means that all five airlines will be able to co-ordinate scheduling and pricing on flights between Europe and the US.

In such a joint venture, all revenues are pooled and re-distributed based on an internally agreed formula. When you buy a flight to New York on British Airways, part of your fare goes to Iberia, American Airlines, Finnair and now Aer Lingus.

This is good news for those of us in the UK. As part of the joint venture, transatlantic Aer Lingus flights will now give full Avios and tier points. Aer Lingus flights previously did not earn British Airways Executive Club tier points so this is a big improvement.

This will be particularly good news for readers in the Manchester area, with the direct Aer Lingus services to New York and Orlando now earning British Airways tier points.

Aer Lingus A321LR

If you collect American Airlines, Iberia or Finnair miles or status points, this announcement will also benefit you. Aer Lingus flights, at least the transatlantic ones, will now earn in these programmes too.

As of the time of writing (10am) none of this is reflected on The tier point calculator still shows zero tier points in British Airways Executive Club for flying from Dublin to New York on Aer Lingus:

Earn british airways tier points on aer lingus

The Aer Lingus page of the partner airlines section of hasn’t been updated either – but then that page still talks about Stobart Air as an Aer Lingus franchise partner, which went bust over a year ago. The bankrupt Air Italy is also still listed as an airline partner!

You need to assume that the Aer Lingus partnership with United Airlines is now on the way out. This will remove one of quirks of the Avios programme – you were able to earn Avios by flying to the USA with Star Alliance member United, as long as you credited them to Aer Lingus AerClub.

We will update this article if/when we get the official announcement (EDIT: nothing had turned up by Friday evening, if you’re reading this via email on Saturday). Don’t rush off to book anything until we have more details.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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