Back in April 2016, Irish carrier Aer Lingus announced it would be creating a new loyalty program called AerClub, from which Avios points could be transferred to British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus.
If you registered your interest in the launch of the program back then, you should’ve received an email from AerClub over the past week with a link to create an account and receive 250 free Avios for signing up.
If you didn’t get to register your interest, there is no harm in taking a minute or two to create an AerClub account, as the bonus points offer may still work for you.
Either way, you must create an account by 7 January 2017 to get that chance to earn the bonus points.
Aer Lingus’ loyalty program ‘Gold Circle’ has been restructured and renamed. AerClub is now the Irish carrier’s loyalty program, and will use Avios as its currency as a result of its acquisition by IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia (who also use Avios).
Being that British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus also use Avios, an extra 250 points aren’t going to go astray, even if you never fly with Aer Lingus. They are (going to be) transferrable to British Airways or Iberia for redemptions on Qantas and other oneworld airlines, with domestic Qantas redemptions on Qantas starting as low as 4,500 Avios via British Airways.
The AerClub FAQ section clearly states:
If you have an existing Avios account, British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus or AerClub accounts, you can use the ‘Combine my Avios’ feature to combine your Avios points into one account or transfer Avios points between your accounts. To transfer Avios points please visit www.avios.com.
In a departure from how Gold Circle operated – and how British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus operate now – AerClub will run a revenue-based model, in that your points earn will be tied to how much you spend with the airline, not how far you’re travelling with them.
For more information, and to (hopefully) receive your 250 free Avios, head to the AerClub registration page.