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Save on Aer Lingus flights from Manchester

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Aer Lingus has launched a sale on its direct routes from Manchester to the US:

  • New York (daily, year round)
  • Orlando (daily, year round)
  • Barbados (seasonal)

You can get £200 off Business Class transatlantic fares departing from Manchester.

Save on Aer Lingus flights from Manchester

You can also get £100 off Economy transatlantic flights from Manchester.

See here for Rhys’ positive review of the Aer Lingus Barbados flight in Business Class.

If your US flight shows it is operating on an Airbus A321LR aircraft – a single aisle plane – you need my review of an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to New York. The seat works well and the layout is good for solo travellers – especially if you can get a ‘throne’ seat – as well as couples and family groups. However, in theory the Manchester flights are all on A330 aircraft at present.

The sale rules are:

  • book by 18th March
  • travel between 1st April and 30th September 2024 (New York and Orlando)
  • travel between 1st April and 31st May, and between 1st November and 31st December (Barbados)

Headline Economy fares are:

  • New York JFK – £336
  • Orlando – £336
  • Barbados – £491

Business Class sample prices were not highlighted online but I found Manchester to New York for £1,567 return (the £200 discount is included in this price) which is good for the current market.

Importantly, Business Class tickets appear to be refundable for a fee of 15% of the fare paid plus an administration fee.

As a reminder, Aer Lingus flights earn Avios in AerClub (Aer Lingus’ loyalty programme) at the rate of 3 per €1 or 4 per £1 spent.  This is based on the cash price of your flight, excluding Government taxes. You can see a detailed guide on earning Avios with Aer Lingus in this article here.

In my past experience you will not earn Avios if you credit these sale flights to British Airways Executive Club because they are not in qualifying ticket buckets.

Go to this page on the Aer Lingus website to check prices and book.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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