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I finally received some Avios from my Aer Lingus flight to New York

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Back in July I flew from Dublin to New York to review the Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat – you can read the review here.

I bought my flight for cash, for the very reasonable price of £1,300 return.

I originally credited my flight to British Airways Executive Club and not Aer Lingus AerClub. This was logical given the very low fare I paid, because:

An Avios update from my Aer Lingus trip to New York
  • AerClub – click here – awards Avios based on the amount you spend. For flights from Dublin it is 3 Avios per €1, with Government taxes excluded from the calculation.

After my review was published, readers pointed out that I had made a mistake. Low cost Aer Lingus business class tickets are issued in ‘P’ class and ‘P’ class earns nothing in Executive Club.

Why didn’t I know this? Because Aer Lingus doesn’t show you the sub-class ticket of your ticket during the booking process.

More in hope than anything else, since my boarding pass had my BA Executive Club number on it, I made an online claim to Aer Lingus AerClub for retrospective Avios credit. I had nothing to lose as BA wasn’t going to give me anything.

It took over two months, but I have now received 4,366 Avios from the flight. Given how little I paid (£1,300) this is a good result. These Avios turned up in my AerClub account at and I used ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across to my British Airways account.

The only downside is that children are not allowed to have an AerClub account. My daughter – who travelled with me – earns nothing. Had I been able to credit her flight to her British Airways account (children are allowed BA accounts as long as they are part of a household account) she would have earned.

4,366 Avios is better than nothing though and it was good of Aer Lingus to process my claim. In general, once another airline’s frequent flyer number is on your boarding pass, you can’t claim the miles elsewhere.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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

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

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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (1)

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  • Alex Sm says:

    “In general, once another airline’s frequent flyer number is on your boarding pass, you can’t claim the miles elsewhere.”

    Yes and no… I have positive experience with Star Alliance airlines – when there is for example a SAS flight which accrues zero or reduced SAS points you can claim it on another SA FF programme and sometimes you can get miles in two places, happened to me 2 or 3 times in different combos. No harm in trying.

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