British Airways Moved Boston 14 Miles…That Dublin Award Skyrocketed

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How many times have you heard about that great British Airways Avios Boston-Dublin award on Aer Lingus?

Pre-2015 this had been 25,000 Avios one-way in business. The April 2015 devaluation increased that to 37,500 Avios.

Head for Points buried the lede in his Aer Lingus AerClub launch report, noting that Boston has now transported 14 miles west. This pushes Boston from Avios Zone 4 to Zone 5.

Aer Lingus AerClub Avios Reward Zones

Further, there are now peak and off-peak award dates, similar to BA and Iberia.

The peak dates for Aer Lingus are:

  • January 1-4
  • April 7-23
  • June 17 – September 10
  • December 16-31

The AerClub award chart mirrors BA:

Aer Lingus AerClub Avios Reward Prices

Boston-Dublin New Avios Pricing:

Now in Zone 5, Boston-Dublin costs:

  • Off-peak economy: 13,000 Avios each way
  • Peak economy: 20,000 Avios each way
  • Off-peak business: 50,000 Avios each way
  • Peak business: 60,000 Avios each way

In a year and a half business class pricing has more than doubled! shows Aer Lingus Flights (BUT):

The website shows Aer Lingus flights. still does not. indeed shows much more availability that when calling British Airways. Multiple test searches I found seats on, in both cabins, than British Airways phone agents can see.

Avios Award Boston to Dublin 05 Apr 2017Avios Award Boston to Dublin 08 Apr 2017

I called British Airways Executive Club and had them price both peak and off-peak dates. Their pricing and peak/off-peak dates for Aer Lingus match But the cash fees are higher!

Booking Boston to Dublin through taxes and fees of £72.40 ($91) in economy and £89.20 ($112) in business are added, both peak and off-peak. The return is £98.20 ($124) in economy and £115 ($145) in business.

Avios Award Boston to Dublin FeesPhone booking through British Airways, on Boston to Dublin only $34.27 are added, regardless of cabin of service. For the return it is $79.89.

It will save money to book by phone through British Airways, though the process is very slow and you need to remind them to waive the $25 booking fee since Aer Lingus cannot be booked on

The flip side is if you really need a specific flight, may be your only Avios option if British Airways agents cannot see it.

Note: United MileagePlus can also book Aer Lingus awards, which can be search on

Bonus: you can now earn AerClub Avios on United flights, the cheapest economy tickets earn 50% mileage flown. You can’t redeem for Avios for United flight.

What is is separate from It has different earn and reward options than British Airways. For instance, has flight awards on Air Malta, Aurigny, Flybe and Monarch. You can also redeem for Eurostar trains.

Avios Eurostar is convenient also for instant transfers between British Airways, Iberia and It is less fussy than the transfer option within British airways.

How to Open an Account:

The old way to open an account was to go to the UK or South African website and open an account using an address in that country. Perhaps a friend’s address or a hotel you frequent.

The launch of Aer Lingus AerClub suggests a new way. If you register by January 7, 2017 you are supposed to receive 250 Avios. Those of us who pre-registered got emails to register today. The website does not mention the 250 Avios and the Avios do not post instantly.

AerClub registration ties either to an existing account, taking on the same account number, or creates a new one. There will not be an AerClub account separate from


If you don’t have an account, you might as well try the AerClub route. Let me know in the comments if that gives full functionality such as Avios transfer and Eurostar awards.

For those with an account, I am not sure if you should give your original UK/South Africa address or current if that is, say, in the US.


  1. Through slight of hand, and unbeknownst to residents, British Airways has moved the city of Boston 14 miles west.
  2. The famed Boston-Dublin Avios business class award just got a whole lot more expensive.
  3. Set up and Air Lingues AerClub account for 250 bonus Avios and access to
  4. Learn the cool things you can do with
  5. Don’t forget you can redeem United MileagePlus for Aer Lingus.
  6. You can also earn AerClub Avios from United flights, but not redeem for United.
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[…] This is disappointing, especially for those who may have been considering bookings with Europe set to open this summer. However, I agree here with View from the Wing that this isn’t outrageous given that this has essentially been a long-standing pricing glitch. I am not surprised that Iberia decided to change this without notice — indeed, if they were ever going to fix it I would have expected it to have been more or less like this — an overnight correction. Again, that’s disappointing, but not unreasonable given that they do publish a distance-based award chart and this change… Read more »


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7 years ago

I can’t decide if I should open an account the old way or not. I actually have a UK address of family members, so I wouldn’t want to risk having more limited functionality from using a US address. But I would like 250 free avios.

Stefan @ Rapid Travel Chai
Reply to  Jamie

I would open a regular UK Avios account with the UK address. Then sign up for Aer Lingus and link that to the Avios account. That is what existing UK account holders need to do and should get the 250, which is for Aer Lingus, distinct from Avios, even though shares the same account number (as does flybe, too).


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7 years ago

Avios is hitting new low to do something like thus and it really reprents a very bad image of British Airway as well. Maybe Ryan Air asap should fly U.S to give Aer Lingus some pressure

Stefan @ Rapid Travel Chai
Reply to  Shannon

British Airways takes pride it thinking itself a flag carrier and ambassador, yet more than any major airline they seem to deliberately choose to have atrocious customer service and fight customers every step of the way. I use their program but I actively try to avoid flying them.