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New routes: PLAY adds Glasgow to Reykjavik, Aer Lingus adds Liverpool to Dublin

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A couple of new route updates which we didn’t manage to squeeze in during the week:

PLAY adds Glasgow to Reykjavik flights

Icelandic budget airline PLAY is adding a new service from Glasgow to Reykjavik.

Flights will start on 26th May. There will be four flights per week for most of the season, with a dip to three in some weeks in September and October.

PLAY flies from Reykjavik to Boston, Washington, Baltimore, New York (Stewart) and Toronto and the flights will be timed to connect to these services. The airline has a decent reputation although it is definitely one for the price sensitive and not time sensitive.

Flights, including long haul, are ‘economy only’ although you can pay for rows with extra legroom.

You can find out more on the PLAY website here where there is a special introductory offer.

PLAY launches flights from Glasgow

Aer Lingus adds Liverpool to Dublin flights

Emerald Airlines, the Aer Lingus Regional franchise operator, seems to be adding new routes virtually every week at the moment.

This is good news for anyone with Avios to redeem, as these flights are bookable on points via You can also book via and – instead of booking a straight redemption – use Avios for a cash discount off any flight (this is tricky to set up – instructions here).

The latest route to launch is Liverpool to Dublin.

There will be 11 flights per week with services starting on 27th April.

You can book on here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (6)

  • ADS says:

    Just remember that the Emerald flights are on ATR-72s … so limited sized overhead lockers for hand luggage

  • Mark says:

    How did EI not have a link between the two principal cities of Ireland already! I grew up in Liverpool, and my first ever flight was LPL-DUB, on a Short 360!

    • ADS says:

      I feel a bit nauseous just thinking about the Shorts 360 … although it was an upgrade on the Shorts 330 !

      Ryanair have up to six flights a day to ferry over the soccer supporters … so there’s decent availability !

  • JMac says:

    Now I’ve seen it all £10,074 (yes correct) to add a hold bag onto a Glasgow – New York flight, could save a bit of money by opting for the £8,614 I guess. On the plus side they looked like they were priced at £0 on the way back

  • bafan says:

    DUB-LPL is interesting – it comes and goes and comes and goes…guess it’s hard to compete on such a short route on price with Ryanair…even wealthier people don’t care when it’s a 35 min flight.

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