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FINALLY! Earn British Airways tier points with Aer Lingus flights

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Well, after a few false alarms, it appears that you can now earn British Airways Executive Club tier points with Aer Lingus flights.

There has been no announcement, but as German site travel-dealz.de spotted, it is now made very clear on ba.com that you WILL earn.

You have always been able to earn tier points on Aer Lingus codeshare flights, carrying a BA flight number, but not flights with an EI flight number – which are often cheaper.

Earn BA tier points with Aer Lingus flights

Take a look at the airline partner page of ba.com under Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus earn tier points with British Airways

Aer Lingus flights have been added to the tier point calculator on ba.com.

Here’s what you earn from the Manchester to New York direct flight:

Tier points on Aer Lingus

From Dublin to Los Angeles:

Earn British Airways tier points on Aer Lingus

From Exeter to Dublin (not sure where the Business fare classes come in, unless you get this as part of a connection to a long haul flight):

Earn tier points on Aer Lingus

Here is a reminder of the Avios-earning chart, which is distance based. The reason this doesn’t match Exeter to Dublin above is that there is a 300 Avios minimum.

You will NOT earn a status bonus on Aer Lingus flights. The Avios below are the Avios you will get, irrespective of whether you are Blue or Gold in the Executive Club:

Given some of the excellent Aer Lingus fare deals we’ve seen recently, this looks like a great opportunity to pick up tier points at a decent rate on transatlantic travel.

Two obvious questions – and I’m sure more will follow:

  • can you now book Aer Lingus flights via BA Holidays and earn double tier points?
  • will Aer Lingus flights count as ‘qualifying flights’ towards the two qualifying cash flights you need for Bronze, or the four for Silver / Gold, status in BA Executive Club? At present only British Airways and Iberia flight numbered segments count.

We’ll clearly be returning to this in more detail later, but for now this is great news for anyone chasing British Airways Executive Club status.

PS. This is a reciprocal deal. You can now credit British Airways flights to an Aer Lingus AerClub account and have them count towards status.

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