Back in April I wrote about the discovery that British Airways Avios could be redeemed for travel on Aer Lingus without fuel surcharges. Initially I thought it was just coach award availability that was wide open, though quickly discovered that business class was wide open as well.
This is awesome because virtually all other transatlantic award tickets booked with British Airways Avios are subject to huge surcharges, which on a roundtrip business class ticket come out to over $1,000. A roundtrip business class booking on Aer Lingus between Boston and Dublin, on the other hand, costs just 50,000 Avios and $150.
So I was simultaneously delighted and disappointed (in us collectively) when I called British Airways Executive Club the other day to make an Aer Lingus booking for a client, and found award space to be wide open. Virtually every flight I inquired about had coach and business class award space, so obviously you guys aren’t doing your part to take advantage of this.
As a reminder, the roundtrip cost of Avios redemptions on Aer Lingus are as follows:
Boston to Dublin/Shannon
Economy: 25,000 Avios points
Business: 50,000 Avios points
Chicago/New York/Orlando to Dublin/Shannon
Economy: 40,000 Avios points
Business: 80,000 Avios points
There’s no way to search award availability for Aer Lingus using Avios online, so you do have to call British Airways’ Executive Club call center, though they can pull up availability in a matter of seconds. Boston to Dublin using Avios is the cheapest transatlantic award redemption there is (with any airline) in both coach and business class.
I recently flew to Ireland using this deal and had an amazing time. Ireland was absolutely stunning, Dublin was an awesome city, and Aer Lingus business class was a surprisingly nice product (I’ll have a full trip report shortly).
To those of you that haven’t yet taken advantage of this, what are you waiting for? Whether you want to visit Ireland or connect elsewhere in Europe, this is a deal that really can’t be beat. Keep in mind that both American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points are transferable to British Airways Avios, so you don’t have to have Avios to take advantage of this.