NEWS: British Airways agrees more credit, Aer Lingus US 2022 routes and 25% off part pay Avios

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British Airways agrees more credit

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced today that British Airways had reached agreement with UK Export Finance (UKEF) and a syndicate of banks for a 5-year  Credit Facility of £1.0 billion. This is additional to a £2.0 billion UKEF guaranteed facility that was announced in December 2020 and drawn in March 2021.

British Airways intends to draw down only if and when required and the facility will not be used after signing.

At the end of September, IAG’s total liquidity was strong at €10.6 billion which means it’s unlikely to have any significant financial concerns in the near future despite the drop in its share price. 

 

Aer Lingus reveals summer schedule for 2022

Aer Lingus business class A330

Aer Lingus business class A330

Aer Lingus has unveiled an ambitious schedule for Summer 2022 which includes 16 transatlantic routes. Aer Lingus will operate 71 routes and 62 destinations in Summer 2022.

Although you can’t earn tier points on Aer Lingus flights unless they are a BA codeshare, you can earn and redeem Avios. Redeeming Avios can be much cheaper on Aer Lingus for long haul flights due to much lower taxes. Another advantage us being able to clear US customs and immigration in Dublin. 

Aer Lingus has a decent business class seat although the soft product is not as fancy as someone like BA or AA.

policy which allows all customers travelling with the airline to change their travel dates free of charge (subject to fare difference), and as many times as they wish, up to seven days before they travel. The flexible booking policy is available on all bookings up until 30th September 2022. Most fares also include the option to exchange for a guaranteed voucher up to 14 days before travel.

Chicago

Anticipating strong customer demand for travel to / from North America, following 18 months of travel restrictions, direct flights are available to favourite destinations such as New York, Chicago, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, Seattle and Philadelphia  Aer Lingus will re-introduce flying from Shannon in March to JFK and Boston with 14 flights per week to the USA.

North American & Caribbean Routes

  • Dublin – Boston
  • Dublin – Chicago
  • Dublin – Los Angeles
  • Dublin – New York (JFK)
  • Dublin – Newark (New York)
  • Dublin – Orlando
  • Dublin – Philadelphia
  • Dublin – San Francisco
  • Dublin – Seattle
  • Dublin -Toronto
  • Dublin -Washington DC
  • Manchester – Barbados (until April and restarting in Winter 22)*
  • Manchester – New York (JFK)*
  • Manchester – Orlando*
  • Shannon – Boston
  • Shannon – New York (JFK)

 

Aer Lingus 25% off part pay Avios on cash bookings

Even if you are not a member of Aer Club, it’s free to join and you can transfer your Avios over to spend the on Aer Lingus.

This week only, you get 25% off the Avios amount required to discount flights booked on aerlingus.com or the Aer Lingus app. You can choose to pay for all or just some of your flight using 25% fewer Avios than usual. Book before 7 November 2021, for travel before 24 March 2022.

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