The loyalty program for Aer Lingus will be re-branded in June to AerClub and points will become part of the Avios program like British Airways and Iberia (you will be able to transfer between programs as you can with BA / Iberia…see picture below).
Last May when the IAG acquisition was announced, the press release stated that Aer Lingus would join Oneworld and the North Atlantic Joint Business pact with AA, BA, Finnair, and Iberia. However, months later airline management noted that while they were still working towards the North Atlantic Joint Business pact, Oneworld entry would be decided at a later date. Well, it seems that the airline is again likely to join the alliance as per the CEO’s latest statement as reported by USA Today:
“There are some advantages to joining the big-boys’ club”. While Avios will be a competitive tool, “ultimately, we believe that will result in our joining again oneworld.”
Aer Lingus introduced their Gold Circle loyalty program back in 1987.