AerClub - Aer Lingus

The parent company of Aer Lingus is the International Airlines Group (IAG), which has the status of being the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, as per revenue. 

Offering travelers over 525-aircraft and serving 255-destinations, approximately 95-million passengers are carried every year. Aer Lingus is accordingly committed to providing a world-class service, designed to meet your needs as a modern, international traveler!
  • Pros
  • Avios transfers ❶
  • RT between US and Ireland 6k avios
  • Cons
  • One-way flights restriction
  • No cash + points option
  • Low number of partner airlines
  • Partners can be booked by phone only
  • Fees & Charges
  • Phone booking fee
  • Expiration: Avios expire 36 months since last activity.
  • For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.
  • ❶ Executive Club, AerClub and Iberia Plus programs are the only ones that has ability to transfer their points between airline programs with 1 : 1 transfer rate.

Transfer Partners

Avios points
1 : 1
Chase points
1 : 1
The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to AerClub.
Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines and Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Aer Lingus Aer Lingus
No alliance
British Airways British Airways
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
Qantas Qantas
United Airlines United Airlines
Star Alliance™

Program Review

With a philosophy that customer loyalty must be rewarded Aer Lingus offers their AerClub. It is a loyalty rewards program designed for every traveler and one which offers you the immediate opportunity of collecting reward flights and tier benefits. It is this airline’s way of saying thank you for making them your flights of choice!

The reward currency of the AerClub is known as Avios, with which you can convert your flying experiences and shopping into reward flights with Aer Lingus and its AerClub partners; British Airways, Cathay Pacific, United, and Qantas!

  • From every flight you make
  • Booking hotel stays
  • Shopping

Avios are an investment in your future reward flights, which when redeeming them provide you with access to a vast number of destinations worldwide! They enable you to be among the more than 7-million AerClub Members internationally who collect Avios and benefit from their reward flights!

Tiers of Rewards

When you join, you are given the advantages of being recognized as a loyal and frequent Aer Lingus flyer. This is achieved by way of a 4-Tier Credits structure, founded on your flight frequency and expenditure with Aer Lingus:

  • The more you earn in each 12-months qualification period; further you advance your Tier status
  • Tier Credits are gained from ticketed and operated flights with Aer Lingus

The 4-AerClub membership tiers:

  • Green (Members are automatically awarded this Tier Membership
  • Silver
  • Platinum 
  • Concierge

All Tiers benefits

You gain a unique combination of travel benefits:

  • Avios points for every flight you make
  • Points from retail, travel and leisure partners
  • Spend your Avios points on flights
  • Tier Credits on Aer Lingus flights
  • Exclusive AerClub member reward offers

Silver Tier

  • Bonus on collecting Avios points
  • Prioritized airport check-in and Boarding
  • Fast Tracking
  • Lounge access  
  • Partner airline lounge access

Platinum Tier

  • Lounge access for Guest
  • Waiting list priority
  • Complimentary upgrade

Concierge Tier

  • Ticket for a Companion
  • A guaranteed seat on a full flight
  • Wi-Fi is offered as complimentary on transatlantic flights
  • Change fees waived and administration fees refunded for all bookings
  • Earlier than scheduled travel
  • Designated Concierge help desk

Flying for Benefits

Flying with Aer Lingus entitles you to the benefits of AerClub with Tier Credits earned and awarded based on your chosen route and fare type. Greater the number of Tier Credits earned, further will you advance through the AerClub tiers with resulting greater travel advantages and benefits!

NB: A return ticket will give you double the amount Travel on partner airlines does not qualify for AerClub Tier Credits. 

Your Aer Lingus Visa Signature Credit Card 

Your Aer Lingus Chase Visa Signature Credit Card not only signifies the commitment to providing you with the best possible service and support but with added financial advantages and benefits! It also enables your progress towards your next getaway break.

The Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Credit Card is available to residents of the USA and is offered with a variety of travel benefits. As an AerClub Member, you have the option to convert your credit card spending into Avios: 

  • Earn 3-Avios for each Dollar spent with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and OpenSkies
  • Earn 1-Avio for every $1-spent on all other purchases
  • Collect Avios on everyday shopping
  • Benefit from worldwide travel advantages

Each time you use your card it will earn Avios for you that contribute towards your next trip. 

Spending Your Avios

Spending your Avios offers you great pleasure and value in the form of Reward Flights with Aer Lingus and associated airlines. Choose from a vast and varied range destinations offered to you!

Your Avios can be spent on a holiday to remember in one of more than 100,000 hotels across the world. You have a selection that varies between the unique boutique types to the recognized hotel chains. Another option is to live your dreams by discovering and experiencing different activities.

Make your travel easy and comfortable at your own pace by hiring a prime quality car from one of the major providers at international airports across the globe.

NB: Fees, Taxes, and carrier charges are payable in cash.

Your Travel Companion

If your preference is to travel with a companion then you can add one to your next flight without utilizing any additional Avios, which means you benefit from double-the-value!

This is enhanced by the fact that for each year the purchases made on your Aer Lingus Visa Signature Credit Card reach $30,000, you earn a Companion ticket valid for 12-months.

  • A condition attached to this ticket is that your travel schedule must originate from, and end in the USA
  • It is only valid for flights between the USA and Ireland 
  • There is no surcharge attached to this ticket, restrictions or blackout dates for redemption!

Claiming Your AerClub Avios and Tier Credits

You have a 3-months window for submitting a claim in respect of missing Avios and Tier credits, from your departure date and, directly to Aer Lingus.

Upon your claim being validated the Avios points and Tier credits for your Aer Lingus flight, and processed, it will be credited to your account and available for viewing online. You can help avoid delays regarding awards in the future by including your AerClub number at the time of booking, designed to ensure Avios points and Tier credits are automatically credited to your account.

With regard to flights with the partner Airlines, namely

  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • United and Qantas

This facility may be utilized for recording your missing flight claims in respect of Avios points related to travel with the AerClub partner airlines.

NB: Traveling with partner airlines does not qualify you for AerClub Tier Credits.

Making a Claim

For your convenience, the required information related to making a claim is stated on your Booking Confirmation email and your ticket. It should be kept in mind that Avios points will only be credited to your account for travel completed from the date of your first registration to AerClub.

Aer Lingus and AerClub help you travel the world, and reap financial benefits!