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Lots of Aer Lingus business class Avios seats to the US have appeared – with low taxes

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US award notification site Thrifty Traveller has posted about the appearance of a lot of Aer Lingus business class reward availability to the United States from Dublin.

As you can now use ‘new style’ American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers on Aer Lingus, and you can use those vouchers for a flight departing outside the UK, this is a good low tax redemption option.

I will eat humble pie for being rude about the lack of Aer Lingus business class reward availability in recent articles!

Booking Aer Lingus business class with Avios

As there is no easy way of showing availability across the weeks (you can use United Airlines but this isn’t always a perfect match with what ba.com offers) I randomly took the 10th of the month between Dublin and Boston:

10th March – yes, there are seats in Business Class:

Book Aer Lingus business class with Avios

10th April – yes, there are seats in Business Class:

Book Aer Lingus business class with Avios

10th May – yes, there are seats in Business Class:

Book Aer Lingus business class with Avios

You get the idea! There appear to be up to two business class seats available per flight.

Availability is also meant to be better than usual to New York JFK and Toronto. You may get lucky on other routes too.

What are the taxes and charges from Dublin?

Here you go:

Book Aer Lingus with Avios

It’s 100,0000 Avios + £298.30 for one person from Dublin. Using a 2-4-1 companion voucher would make it 100,000 Avios + just under £600 for a couple. You need to add the cost of getting to and from Dublin of course.

IMPORTANT: If you are NOT using a 2-4-1 voucher then do not book on ba.com. Use the avios.com portal instead, where taxes will be £50 per person lower. This article explains how to move your Avios to avios.com.

Remember that you clear US customs and immigration in Dublin, as I explained in this article. You land at a domestic gate in the US and walk straight out of the airport.

We desperately need SeatSpy to add coverage for Aer Lingus and Iberia to allow us to maximise the value of our American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers by easily showing when Aer Lingus has reward seats.

Our latest review of Aer Lingus A330 business class is here. Our latest review of Aer Lingus ‘single aisle’ A321LR business class is here. The seats are the same on both aircraft – it is just the layout which differs.

You can see a full list of Aer Lingus routes to the United States in this article.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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.

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 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 (60)

  • Max says:

    Slightly off topic, but thought someone might be interested to know that BA can NOT even see any Iberia flights to Havana from their internal system and informed me that they don’t even know which routes with Iberia can be booked with 2-4-1 vouchers. No surprises there….

    • Max says:

      and that was via dedicated Silver members phone number

    • Mark says:

      Havana may be an exception, but you/they should be able to book any routes for which you can see redemption availability on ba.com with a 2for1 voucher.

  • Ben says:

    There’s a lack of BHX-JFK rewards and no availability going there, but there is always the way back!

  • Kevin says:

    I’ve easy access to Dublin Airport via car or bus so no positioning flight needed. But I’m not sure DUB-USA using Avios and a 2-4-1 represents the best use of points and voucher. EI Business Class can be reasonably priced if booked during a sale/well in advance. Of course we all value things differently and wish to spend our money on different things but I don’t think a J class return to USA is great use of a companion voucher.

    • Mark says:

      Depends if you have any better uses for it of course, but putting the cost of a voucher at £200 and valuing the Avios at 1p each, you’re looking at £900pp for two business class return to Boston from Dublin. If you need or want to go, and especially if Dublin is a convenient start point, that seems quite reasonable. Do their sale fares come close to that?

      • Rob says:

        My cash ticket was £1299 last year (DUB-JFK) but I’ve not seen similar since.

        • Peter says:

          11 Oct – 25 Oct, DUB – JFK, both ways via LHR sold by AA operated by BA for £1186, cash.

          • Rob says:

            Yes … not sure why you’d do that if you live in London given the loss of pre-clearance and the additional 5 hours or so on travel time!

  • RoundTheWorld says:

    Why does it say: It’s 100,0000 Avios + £298.30 for one person from Dublin. One million Avios??!!

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