It’s finally possible to redeem British Airways Executive Club Avios for travel on Aer Lingus directly on ba.com, but there’s one major issue.
Aer Lingus awards now show on ba.com
One of the best ways to redeem British Airways Executive Club Avios across the Atlantic is for travel in Aer Lingus business class. Not only does Aer Lingus have a solid transatlantic business class product, but historically British Airways Executive Club has charged much lower fees for these flights than for travel on British Airways.
So while you might have paid $700+ for a one-way business class transatlantic award on British Airways, you’d pay under $200 for a one-way business class transatlantic award on Aer Lingus.
The catch has long been that these flights haven’t been bookable on ba.com. As noted by Head for Points, that has finally changed, and it’s now possible to book Aer Lingus awards on ba.com. That’s super exciting, since hold times with British Airways’ call center can be brutal sometimes. Furthermore, for those of us who hate picking up the phone, this takes the dread factor out of booking.
What happened to Aer Lingus carrier imposed surcharges?!
While Aer Lingus awards showing up on ba.com is cool, the shocking part is the surcharges. A one-way Aer Lingus business class award from Dublin to Philadelphia costs 50,000 Avios plus $199.47 in taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges. That’s roughly what I would expect.
However, in the other direction that same flight costs 50,000 Avios plus a staggering $729.80 in taxes, fees, and carrier imposed surcharges. This is $550+ more than these flights used to cost, so something has changed here.
I’m not sure if this is a glitch or a policy change, though I’m working on trying to figure out. For that matter, I’m not sure if there are just general issues with surcharges on award tickets for IAG airlines at the moment.
For example, historically redeeming American AAdvantage miles on Iberia wouldn’t incur fuel surcharges. However, for the new Dallas to Madrid flight, there are $700+ in fees, which doesn’t make much sense, since that’s not showing on other routes.
If I have an update here I’ll be sure to report back.
It’s now possible to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on Aer Lingus directly on ba.com. which sure makes the process of redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus easier. The bad news is that awards originating in North America seem to have much higher surcharges than in the past.
I’m not sure if that’s a glitch or an “enhancement” as part of these awards being added to ba.com. If anyone has any insights I’d love to hear them, and if I find out anything I’ll report back.
What do you make of the surcharges on these Aer Lingus awards?