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Aer Lingus is now part of IAG Group (which includes the likes of British Airways and Iberia) so the airline uses Avios as its loyalty currency. If you’re flying with Aer Lingus you can credit your flights directly to the British Airways Executive Club (if that’s where you prefer to pool your Avios) but if you’re flying an Aer Lingus partner that doesn’t also happen to partner with BA, you’ll have to credit your flights to Aer Lingus’ AerClub.
If you’re primarily a British Airways flyer, earning Aer Lingus Avios can leave you with Avios balances in two different accounts (which is often sub-optimal) so this post will show you how to move any Avios you hold with Aer Lingus, over to the British Airways Executive Club.
Move Avios From Aer Lingus To British Airways
Ignore both the Aer Lingus and the British Airways websites and head over to Avios.com.
Once there, sign in to Avios.com using the credentials you would normally use to sign in to your Aer Lingus Aer Club account. You may simply be asked to enter your login details or you may see a page like this when you first click the sign-in link:
If you see a page like in the image above, simply click on the link under AerClub and log in normally.
Now that you’re logged in, you should see your Avios balance displayed prominently at the top of your screen:
From here, click on “Manage my account” that you’ll see in the bottom right corner of the box displaying your Avios balance.
A drop-down menu will now open up and you should see the “Combine my Avios” option on the screen.
Click on the “Combine my Avios” link.
You should now find yourself on the Combine My Avios page which will look something like this:
Click on the “select program” drop-down menu and select “British Airways” (you can select Iberia Plus if that’s where you prefer to pool your points).
In the fields that have now appeared, enter your British Airways Executive Club login details.
Now click “log in & continue”.
The screen that you’re now presented with should be showing your Aer Lingus Avios balance alongside your British Airways Executive Club Balance and there are two key things that you need to do here.
- Under the heading “Which way do you want to transfer Avios?”, select “Avios Partners to British Airways”.
- In the box that will now have opened up to the right, enter how many Avios you’d like to transfer.
Now click on “Review My Transfer”
The screen should now be showing you a summary of what you have just entered (the direction of the transfer and the number of Avios to be transferred).
If anything is incorrect, click “go back a step” (on the very left of the box that also holds the confirm transfer bottom) and make any necessary changes. If all looks in order, click “confirm transfer”.
Avios.com will now display a confirmation that your transfer has been processed together with your new AerClub and British Airways Executive Club balances…
…you’ll receive a confirmation email from Avios.com showing what transfer took place…
…and if you head over to the British Airways Executive Club you’ll find your updated Avios balance waiting for you and the transaction recorded in your account.
Transferring Avios from Aer Lingus to British Airways (or Iberia) is remarkably simple once you know that the best place to start is Avios.com and that you should log in to Avios.com using your Aer Lingus credentials. As you will have noted if you were following the steps above, Avios.com can be used to move Avios from Iberia or British Airways to Aer Lingus as well, but I suspect that the overwhelming majority of transfers will be going the other way.