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Get 5,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus with the Aer Lingus credit card

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Whilst we don’t write about it much, Aer Lingus has its own Avios-earning credit card.

Our full review of the Aer Lingus Aer Credit Card, issued by Bank of Ireland, is here. It’s not very attractive – a terrible earning rate of 1 Avios per €4 spent and a €108 annual fee when you include the Government Stamp Duty.

On the upside, there are some decent soft benefits:

5000 Avios with Aer Lingus credit card
  • 2 free Aer Lingus tickets EVERY YEAR for spending €5,000 on the card (taxes apply)
  • 2 Fast Track & Priority Boarding passes every year
  • 2 lounge passes
  • Worldwide multi-trip travel insurance including winter sports

I’m not going to analyse the value of these soft benefits in detail because our review does it well enough.

For only the third time ever, I think, Bank of Ireland is offering a sign-up bonus on this card.

Until 18th August 2023, new cardholders who spend €1,000 by 18th October 2023 will receive a bonus of 5,000 Avios.

When you factor in the lounge passes and the two free short-haul flights, I think the card now becomes reasonable value for the first year. Whilst UK residents may find the earning rate very weak, there isn’t a lot of competition in the Irish market. I’d be reconsidering my options after the first year, however.

You can find out more, and apply, on the Bank of Ireland website here.


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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

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (12)

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  • rob keane says:

    sign up T&C
    “I am a permanent resident in the Republic of Ireland and have been for at least the past 6 months”

  • polly says:

    Thinking this may even be good value for long haul flights. Might be more attractive for my sibs now, as one does the USA annually. No time limit on the 3k spend either. Might finally be able to recommend this card to them.
    Do we need an Irish address? Reading the review linked, someone mentioned being uk based. Terrible earn rate tho.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Pretty sure the free flights are Europe short haul only. And only bookable via email pingpong where you express preferred cities and dates but get offered what they have. I provided lengthy feedback recently on AerClub and noted that this antiquated approach (same system for Plat and Concierge elites’ annual upgrades) is a joke that creates more frustration than satisfaction.

      • polly says:

        Tnx Blair, was hoping any EI flight could be applied for.. LH, now that would have been a fabulous benefit.

  • Kevin says:

    I’m still ill from yesterdays BA news but, if I was you I wouldn’t bother!

  • Declan says:

    Just to point out that the monthly fee for this card dropped some months ago to €6.50, so it’s €78 per year plus the stamp duty of €30 = €108.

    Also I have managed to use the two ‘free’ flights to very good effect for the last two years, saving a tidy some on the cash price of winter flights to the Canaries which tend to be very high.

  • Philondon says:

    Is the fee paid monthly? Can it be cancelled after getting the sign up bonus points?

    • Declan says:

      I can’t see why you couldn’t cancel, but the bonus Avios are not paid until December. You’d have to pay a monthly fee for at least August – December (€32.50) plus the annual stamp duty (€30) so €62.50 in total.

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