Because Aer Lingus is now part of IAG Group (which includes the likes of British Airways and Iberia) the airline uses Avios as its loyalty currency and there are a number of reasons why it can be very useful to know how to transfer Avios between Aer Lingus and the British Airways Executive Club (transfers can go in either direction).
Today, American Airlines and JetBlue have taken another step towards cementing their alliance (despite the fact that the DoJ is actively trying to break the alliance up) by announcing further reciprocal status benefits for their elite flyers and by confirming that customers flying with JetBlue will finally be allowed to use their Admirals Club memberships to access American's lounges.
As of yesterday, the Qatar Airways Privilege Club uses Avios as its currency of choice and also as of yesterday, Qatar Airways Privilege Club accounts and British Airways Executive Club accounts can be linked and Avios transferred back and forth between them. That's what makes the current new member sign-up bonus that Qatar Airways is offering so attractive.
Last month, Qatar Airways announced that its Privilege Club frequent flyer program would be replacing Qmiles with Avios as its currency and as of today, that transition appears to be complete. As importantly, not only do flights credited to the Privilege Club now earn Avios but flyers with British Airways Executive Club and Privilege Club accounts can now link those accounts and move Avios between them.
Etihad has a new mileage sale running for the next 7 days in which it's selling its currency at 1.6 cents per mile. In comparison to some of the sales we saw during the pandemic, this isn't a particularly amazing offer but because Etihad's Miles can be used to book American Airlines awards at a very good rate, this sale is still worth a closer look.
I don't think I've seen a proper set of Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes since the last quarter of 2019 but (and I still can't believe that I'm getting to finally type this again) the Spontaneous Escapes are now back with a bang and there are some great deals on offer.
Normally, when you see an article or blog post reminding you to credit some activity to your rewards accounts it's because the author doesn't want you to accidentally allow your hard-earned balances to expire. This article, however, isn't about that. Instead, this article is meant to remind British Airways Executive Club members of another reason why crediting at least one Avios to your account every year could be important.
Alaska Airlines has been a member of the oneworld alliance for almost exactly a year so with that 12 month anniversary approaching, I don't think it's unreasonable for a customer to expect the airline's website to be able to deal with all of the more basic benefits that the oneworld alliance offers. Apparently, however, this is too much to ask.
In an announcement that's nothing short of stunning, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will be adopting Avios as the currency for its Privilege Club loyalty program from late next month. Qmiles are going to be history and going forward, Privilege Club program members will earn the same currency as members of the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, and Aer Club.
Over the weekend, British Airways finally updated its booking engines to allow customers to book Aer Lingus awards through ba.com using Avios. Unfortunately, while the ability to see and book more awards on ba.com is always welcome, anyone booking Aer Lingus awards this way may end up paying considerably more than they should be.