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The avios.com website is closing – what happens to Aer Lingus reward bookings?

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It looks like changes are on the way for anyone looking to book Aer Lingus Avios redemptions from an Aer Lingus AerClub account.

The avios.com platform is being retired, it seems, with reward seat booking finally being available at aerlingus.com.

A quick bit of background

Due to IT limitations, members of Aer Lingus AerClub have had an over-complex time when booking Avios redemptions.

If you log in at aerlingus.com, you can use Avios for a discount on any Aer Lingus cash flight. Unlike the equivalent ba.com functionality, you can pay 100% of the cost with Avios – including the taxes and charges element.

If you want to book a ‘standard’ redemption – priced off the Aer Lingus redemption chart, which is very similar to the BA Avios chart – you needed to book at avios.com. This was also the only way to use Avios in AerClub to book British Airways or Iberia flights.

This seems to be changing

The following message now shows at avios.com (click to expand):

You cannot use Avios to book Aer Lingus reward flights at avios.com at present.

What you can do, of course, is move your Avios to a British Airways Executive Club account via ‘Combine My Avios’ and book Aer Lingus redemptions at ba.com. Since last year, there is no difference in taxes and charges between the two booking platforms.

What happens next?

avios.com says:

The way you book Reward Flights for AerClub is being improved, enabling you to book Reward Flights through AerLingus.com instead of Avios.com. These changes will happen shortly.

In theory, the Aer Lingus website will become more like the British Airways site, allowing you to book reward seats directly.

This should hopefully stop the current problem of Aer Lingus reward tickets being issued by British Airways (with ticket numbers starting 125-) which meant they could not be managed online.

You can see the holding message at avios.com here. We’ll let you know when the new Aer Lingus reward booking functionality is up and running.


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Comments (53)

  • David says:

    Noticed also that the ability to credit direct to AerClub has gone when booking Vueling flights.
    Previously allowed credit to Vueling Club, IBplus and AerClub. Now just the first two

  • Track says:

    This is just super annoying — to transfer Avios will have to call.

    BA account has ‘Combine My Avios’ says ineligible for ages — so can’t simply do BA IB

    Can BA/Avios Group/IAG fix their IT.

  • ADS says:

    “You cannot use Avios to book Aer Lingus reward flights at avios.com at present”

    it’s disgusting that this is not made clear on the Avios.com website – I’ve wasted so much time looking for EI flights

  • ECR says:

    As far as I can see it is still possible to book Aer Lingus flights on avios.com. I looked today for a random date in May on the DUB-LHR route, and it appeared to be bookable, although I didn’t go as far as entering card details and submitting as I didn’t actually want the flight. It was 4000 avios on both avios.com and the BA website, but the taxes and charges on avios.com at £11.60 were less than half the £23.60 that was charged for the same flight if booked through BA.

    I hope when they move it to an Aer Lingus platform they don’t use it as an opportunity to increase the taxes and charges to align with BA.

  • tarq says:

    I use this tool to combine my avios between Vueling and BA. I’m not sure how I will transfer my Vueling Avios to BA and vice versa once this change takes place.

  • Brian says:

    Never used avios.com, can you transfer avios from ba to aer Lingus? How?

    • Rob says:

      Search HfP for articles on ‘Combine My Avios’.

      • Brian says:

        The article I found states that you need to use avois.com to transfer the avios, with avios .com going/gone how would you do this?

        • Rob says:

          avios.com is still there (for now) as a platform for transferring Avios – you simply can’t book redemptions on it.

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