You can now sign-up for Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer program, AerClub. And earn Aer Lingus Avios points when you fly Aer Lingus and their partner airlines, like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and United Airlines. To use for award flights on Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia.
And if you register by January 7, 2017, you’ll get 250 free Aer Lingus Avios points!
Here are the details of this new program.
Aer Lingus AerClub
When you go to the AerClub page to register, the 250 Aer Lingus Avios points bonus will NOT show up, but a number of folks have received an email stating you will get those free points for registering by the deadline.
AerClub Award Chart
Aer Lingus’ AerClub program has a distance based award chart that’s very similar to British Airways.
Essentially, the longer the flight, the more Aer Lingus Avios points you’ll need. And you’ll need more points to fly during the peak season compared to off-peak times.
The above chart specifically states that the points displayed are for Aer Lingus and British Airways flights only, and there isn’t a published chart for using Aer Lingus Avios points on Iberia. So I’m not sure how redeeming Aer Lingus Avios points with Iberia will work just yet.
Earning and Using Aer Lingus Avios Points
While you can earn Aer Lingus Avios points when you fly with partner airlines including United Airways, British Airways, Qantas, and Cathay Pacific, you can only USE Aer Lingus Avios points for flights on Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia. These airlines that are part of the “Avios” program.
That said, you can NOT currently transfer Aer Lingus Avios points to either British Airways or Iberia Avios points. Even though you can transfer Avios points between your British Airways and Iberia accounts. But that may change in the future.
Plus, if you want to fly Aer Lingus but don’t have enough Aer Lingus Avios points, don’t forget, you can use British Airways Avios points or Iberia Avios points for flights on Aer Lingus.
This might make more sense for some folks, because British Airways Avios points are easier to earn. That’s because you can transfer points from flexible points programs, like American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Starwood Preferred Guest to British Airways Avios points!
And currently, flights between spots like Boston and Dublin cost FEWER British Airways Avios points compared to Aer Lingus Avios points.
It costs 20,000 Aer Lingus Avios points one-way in coach between Boston and Dublin, for example, and only 12,500 British Airways Avios points for the same flight.
They have a distance based award chart that’s similar to British Airways’ award chart. The longer the flight, the more Aer Lingus Avios points you’ll need for an award ticket.
And while you can earn Aer Lingus Avios points by flying Aer Lingus and their partner airlines, like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and United Airlines, you can only use Air Lingus Avios points for award travel on British Airways and Iberia.
Let me know if you get your 250 bonus Aer Lingus Avios points!