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Where can you fly on Aer Lingus with your Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher?

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Whilst it has been somewhat forgotten amongst the Avios devaluation discussions, one positive change unveiled this month was the opening up of Aer Lingus and Iberia Avios redemptions to American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher redemptions. Full details are here.

There is a sister article to this one looking at where you can fly on Iberia with your American Express 2-4-1 voucher.

We’ve done two in-depth Aer Lingus Business Class reviews this year, covering their two core long-haul aircraft types. These are:

where does aer lingus fly

The reviews talk you through the best business class seats, although the top pick is the ‘throne’ seat where you only get one seat to a row with a console on either side of you.

Even if you travelling with someone, as I was on my A321LR review trip, you may prefer two ‘throne’ seats if you can get them rather than sitting side by side.

If you are flying from Dublin or Shannon, you complete US Customs and Immigration in Ireland. My A321LR review looks at this here. It means that you land in the US as a domestic passenger and can be out of the terminal in minutes, with no risk of a lengthy queue at immigration.

Where does Aer Lingus fly long-haul?

I want to use this article to look at the Aer Lingus route network. It is NOT an article discussing the costs, in Avios and taxes, of Aer Lingus redemptions – we will do that another day.

For Summer 2023, these are the routes that will be operated:

From Manchester:

  • Manchester – New York JFK
  • Manchester – Orlando
  • Manchester – Barbados (seasonally from November to April)

From Dublin:

  • Dublin – New York JFK
  • Dublin – Newark
  • Dublin – Boston
  • Dublin – Chicago
  • Dublin – Washington DC
  • Dublin – Philadelphia
  • Dublin – Hartford
  • Dublin – Cleveland
  • Dublin – Orlando
  • Dublin – Seattle
  • Dublin – Los Angeles
  • Dublin – San Francisco
  • Dublin – Toronto
  • Dublin – Miami (seasonally from November to April)

From Shannon:

  • Shannon – Boston
  • Shannon – New York JFK

Flights tend to operate between 4-7 days per week on most routes, with the core US routes having multiple daily flights.

Aer Lingus A330

How do you connect to Aer Lingus flights from the UK?

Aer Lingus has an excellent range of connections to Dublin from across the UK.

If you are looking for Avios seats I would initially search for the long-haul flight on its own and then see what connections can be added later. You don’t want to risk not seeing long-haul availability simply because the most convenient short-haul connecting flight isn’t available.

You will make a substantial saving by booking your UK-Ireland flight on a separate ticket, as this avoids long haul Air Passenger Duty. The downside is that your baggage may not be checked through and Aer Lingus is not obliged to help you if you miss your connection.

Here is the Aer Lingus UK – Ireland network for Summer 2023:

Operated by Aer Lingus mainline:

  • London Heathrow
  • London Gatwick

Operated by a mix of Aer Lingus mainline and Aer Lingus Regional:

  • Manchester
  • Birmingham

Operated by Aer Lingus Regional:

  • Isle of Man
  • Glasgow
  • Bristol
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Newcastle
  • Exeter
  • Cornwall Newquay
  • Southampton

Aer Lingus Regional flights are operated under franchise by Emerald Airlines and use small turbo-prop aircraft. You can still earn and redeem Avios on these services.

‘Mainline’ short haul flights use BA-style Airbus jet aircraft. If you’re lucky you will get an A321LR with flat beds in Business Class, as these do short haul during the morning before heading back to the US in the afternoon.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 (43)

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  • Frederic says:

    You mentioned a separate ticket for UK-Ireland, before booking long haul on 241 but to use the 241 , it must originate in the UK if iam not mistaken ?

  • Barry cutters says:

    How’s it work for Ba status on Aer Lingus ? Can silver/gold Ba members get lounge access , seat selection , etc when on an economy ticket say from Dublin to sfo for example

    • Nick says:

      Rob has written an article if you search, but it’s far more complicated than it needs to be. Basically yes but no guests and only when flying between London and Ireland, not other routes.

      It’ll probably change when they enter into the AJB properly… although they may need to make some lounges bigger first.

      • Barry cutters says:

        So in my example it’s a no .

        In the cases of flying west from Dublin – silver/gold don’t get lounge access?

        • Gordon says:

          I’m sure that’s a small price to pay considering the APD taxes & surcharges you would save, and that’s coming from someone with silver status. All my future 241 vouchers will be booked from MAD CDG or DUB in future Lounge or no lounge.

          • Gordon says:

            Also if you have taken up the Barclays premier offer recently or had a premier account for a year you get 4 complementary dragon passes for lounge access before you have to pay £18.50 pp.

  • John says:

    Does anyone know who far in advance aer lingus releases tickets, I seem to only be able to find them a few months in advance and nothing after that even for cash bookings.

  • Matarredondaaa says:

    What is forgotten very often is Sir Lingus is a quasi low cost carrier .

  • John says:

    I fly from Manchester. If try and book Longhaul first ( in my case Man -Boston) then it won’t accept 241 voucher as flight has to commence in UK.
    Have tried umpteen dates in September 2023 and will only allow Man-Boston in economy. It may be an improvement as Rob says but in miracle territory getting a business / club flight.

    • John says:

      Ps am talking about Aer Lingus flights not BA.

    • Anna says:

      Are you not seeing very high prices though? JFK – MAN was 13k avios plus £130ish in taxes prior to the changes, this seems to have at least doubled.

      • Anna says:

        What kind of voucher are you using. If issues before Sep 21 it must be used ex-U.K.

    • Reney says:

      First para reads odd, MAN is in the UK. Unless I misread?

  • Paul says:

    Can you mix and match BA/Iberia/Aer Lingus segments on the 241 voucher?

  • MD says:

    Everytime I do a search it routes me via Heathrow

    From either Dublin, Madrid or Manchester it always routes me via London on BA

  • barrym01 says:

    I’m finding it near impossible to be able to even embark on redeeming my Premium BA Emex 2 for 1 voucher to do the Aer Lingus Manchester Miami run. I’ve tried all morning this morning to transfer my Avios from my BA Executive club to Aer Lingus without success, tried phoning BA Exec’ club. On agent said it can’t be done, then another said it could. Tried calling Avios then and the line goes dead. I don’t know what to do now, can anyone help me?

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