Aer Lingus and Amex: A New Points Partnership (That’s All)

by John Harper

American Express Membership Rewards members have a new airline to transfer points to: Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus AerClub becomes the 17th airline frequent flyer program to which American Express cardholders can transfer their valuable points. Like its partner, British Airways, Aer Lingus is accepting points instantly at a one-to-one ratio.

Unfortunately, award bookers haven’t really found a unique use for the AerClub program. The rates are distance based at the same prices as British Airways Executive Club, but charges more than BA in taxes and extra fares — even on Aer Lingus flights (which can be booked through British Airways, already an Amex partner).

American Express Membership Rewards Aer Lignus Transfer points

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Aer Lingus AerClub, but you’d still be better off transferring them to British Airways and booking Aer Lingus flight through them.

Aer Lingus is not a member of an alliance yet, even though it shares a common ownership with founding Oneworld member British Airways. Aer Lingus still maintains a partnership with United Airlines, which offers low-fee MileagePlus bookings on Aer Lingus flights, and Air Canada.

Of course, if you do want to fly on Aer Lingus, award availability is generally good. The 60,000-point sign-up bonus currently available on the Platinum Card from American Express (after spending $5,000 in three months), is enough for a business class seat from the U.S.  East Coast to Dublin and beyond.

It’s not possible to use AerClub Avios to book Air Canada, Alaska Airlines or United flights. The only partners Aer Lingus facilitates points redemptions on are British Airways and Iberia. 

If anyone finds a good use for this new transfer partnership, please let us know.

 

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Angela August 6, 2018 - 1:52 pm

I still transfer to BA and then book Aer Lingus through them, it costs half the amount of taxes and fees. Makes no sense that Aer Lingus fees are double through Avios.com. I also advised my sister not to get the Aer Lingus credit card, because of the high taxes and fees. Instead she got the BA card but will use the points for Aer Lingus flights.

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