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Is Aer Lingus blocking Avios redemptions within 60 days of departure?

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Strange things are happening with Aer Lingus Avios redemptions, and not in a good way.

It appears that Aer Lingus is now blocking Avios redemptions made within 60 days of the date of travel.

This isn’t good news, clearly.

EDIT: Our article sparked Aer Lingus to make a change – the cut-off is now 6 days. Click here to read more.

Is Aer Lingus blocking Avios redemptions under 60 days away?

There had been some posting on the, admittedly fairly quiet, Aer Lingus board on Flyertalk about issues finding Avios reward seats.

One poster then received the following reply after raising the question directly:

Avios redemption seats booked through are available to purchase on routes with Aer Lingus outside of 60 days.

This appears to be correct. It also impacts Avios availability via British Airways, as well as via the platform.

Here’s what I found last night. On 7th January (this search was done last night, 8th November), there is a lot of Aer Lingus availability between Heathrow and Dublin:

Aer Lingus Avios availbility gone

However, jump back 24 hours to 6th January, inside the 60 day window, and there is nothing. Not a single seat on any of the many flights. There’s nothing for any other January day either. All you see is BA flights:

Aer Lingus Avios availability gone

The key will be what happens today (Thursday to you reading this). If the 60 day rule is correct, all of those seats showing for 7th January should disappear during Thursday, but 8th January should still be there.

If this is a new Aer Lingus policy, it’s obviously not one I like.

It also makes little sense. We are now in the quiet winter season, and it is a logical time to dump MORE Avios seats onto the market. Overall cash demand is low, and the cash demand that is there is at low fares, so selling seats for Avios isn’t necessarily a bad alternative.

For clarity …. you can still redeem Avios for Aer Lingus flights using ‘Part Pay With Avios’. This is where you can get roughly 0.5p per Avios to reduce the cost of a cash flight booked on These redemptions are poor value for your Avios though, especially in premium cabins.

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Comments (38)

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  • ADS says:

    It looks like Aer Lingus have just changed their policy to make redemptions available from 7 days before departure

    Looking at the Dublin to London route:

    Tuesday 14th November – 13 BA flights available, 0 Aer Lingus flights
    Wed 15th November – 10 BA flights available, 7 Aer Lingus flights

    Requiring users book 7 days in advance is still pretty rubbish – just not as bad as 60 days

    • Niall says:

      Thanks for flagging this, and you are absolutely correct – they seem to have just changed it to 7 days. Better than 60 days as you say but reverting to how it was (ie 24 hours) would be better!

  • Mikeact says:

    It strikes me the the whole FFP industry is continually happy to annoy and upset their millions of ‘loyal’…,.(whatever that might mean nowadays, )…customer’s. Always changing something, apparently because of ‘Customer Feedback’….what a load of BS.

  • Cuchlainn says:

    Other recent EI foible:

    OLCI 48hours before flight opened up all remaining seats to everybody- I used to nip in for 2pax with XL for DUB to ACE ( & return ) flights – bliss !!

    NOT NOW – automatically assigned by EI to non-XL seat(s) – pay for XL at time of booking, or take your chance at the airport with check-in agent.

    EI flights on EI App with bookings still show 0 (zero) baggage allowance – EI IT….it took EI 4 months to change my DOB by 1 day in my online profile….

    • time says:

      How did you book the seats while redeeming? I’ve always had to ring them and pay for the J seats on the a330

  • Niall says:

    As a further update on the flights I have checked, the 60 days out seems to have been changed to 6 days now – which is better … but not as good as it used to be at 24hrs.

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