We researched the market and listened to feedback from our Gold Circle members who identified these key areas of improvement:
- More availability of seats on Aer Lingus.
- Reward for short haul flights.
- Greater opportunities through partners across travel, retail and lifestyle.
We have redesigned our frequent flyer programme based on this feedback, to become AerClub, a programme that will truly reward and recognise you for choosing to fly with us.
In 2016, AerClub will become the loyalty programme of Aer Lingus.
AerClub is the first Irish airline loyalty programme to give its members the opportunity to collect reward points not only by booking flights on Aer Lingus and selected air partners, but also on non-air purchases from an extensive range of brands that include retail, hotels and car hire.
As part of our new programme, we are delighted to have Avios join us as our new global travel reward partners to provide AerClub members with access to a greatly enhanced range of collection and redemption opportunities.
In a similar way to Gold Circle, AerClub will recognise the most loyal and frequent Aer Lingus flyers through a new membership tier structure. Tier Credits will be earned based on frequency and spend with Aer Lingus and entry to each tier will depend on the Tier Credits balance.
- Collect Avios points based on how much you spend on flights with Aer Lingus
The more you spend on flights with Aer Lingus, the more Avios points you will collect. The move away from our traditional air miles model means you will be able to earn points with every flight you buy, giving you more opportunities to build up your balance.
- Boost your Avios points to collect them more quickly
If you have achieved Silver, Platinum or Concierge membership you will receive extra bonus Avios points every time you fly on an Aer Lingus flight, meaning your Avios points balance will grow even faster.
- Fly on our global airline network and collect Avios points
You will be able to fly on selected AerClub airline partners and collect even more Avios points. The points collected on these flights will be earned based on the distance flown.
- Turn your shopping into flights
Through our partnership with Avios there are lots of new ways to collect points. As well as collecting Avios points by buying flights on Aer Lingus and selected airline partners, members will be able to collect points through non-air Avios partners in areas such as retail, hotel and car hire.
- Enjoy more ways to spend Avios points
In response to guest feedback, we will have more Aer Lingus flights available then ever before for our members to purchase. As well as access to flights, members will also be able to spend their points with a range of Avios travel and leisure partners.
- Avios are the travel rewards currency of AerClub. They are reward points that you can collect on travel and everyday spending to get a discount on flights and other travel rewards.
- Avios are a leader in travel rewards and operate multiple global loyalty programmes. They are also the reward currency for British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus.
- Avios give their customers access to a network serving 1,000 destinations across the globe. Over 7 million members worldwide collect Avios with brands like Marriott, Heathrow Express and Kildare Village Outlet Shopping.
Gold Circle will be closing in 2016 and we will commence the rollout of AerClub, the new loyalty programme of Aer Lingus, immediately afterwards.
Confirmed Gold Circle members will receive regular emails from our loyalty team to keep you up to date with programme developments, information and new collection and redemption partners as they come on board.
In the month prior to the launch of AerClub you will be contacted and informed of your new AerClub membership tier. Your new AerClub membership pack will be sent out to you shortly afterwards.
If you are not currently a Gold Circle member, but are interested in joining AerClub, you can pre-register your interest for AerClub membership above.
Note: No new applications for the Gold Circle programme are being accepted since the AerClub announcement in November 2015.
AerClub will launch in 2016. We will update this page with more AerClub information, news and updates as we approach the launch.
If you are a Gold Circle member you will be contacted directly and invited to join AerClub. If you are not a Gold Circle member you can pre-register your interest for AerClub above and we will keep you up-to-date with developments.
Following the official AerClub announcement, Gold Circle no longer accepts new member enrolments.
Your AerClub membership tier will be dependent on your level of Aer Lingus flight activity within the last 12 months prior to the closure of Gold Circle.
AerClub will be administered in a similar way to Gold Circle. You will receive a new membership card, AerClub account number and PIN. You will then be able to manage your account online.
If you are not a member of Gold Circle, unfortunately you will not be able to earn Gold Circle points, or claim back retrospective Avios points once AerClub launches.
Avios are a leader in travel rewards and manage the reward currency for multiple global loyalty programmes, including British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus. Aer Lingus has selected Avios as its new rewards partner to give you access to a global network of partners where you can collect Avios points and turn them into flights and travel experiences.
Yes. All AerClub members, irrespective of membership tier, can collect Avios points as soon as they join.
Aer Lingus will announce our new non air and airline collection and redemption partners, over the next couple of months. This will include the many opportunities that members will have to boost their Avios points.
Yes. If you are an existing Gold Circle member, we will contact you directly in advance of the migration of your account to AerClub.
If you have Gold Circle tier status (ie. Gold, Prestige or Elite), you will have your closing account balances converted and credited into your new AerClub account as Avios points when AerClub launches.
If you are a Gold, Prestige or Elite tier member you will receive 2 Avios points for every 1 Gold Circle Point.
If you are an Applicant member, you will be awarded Tier Credits against the volume of Gold Circle points you have already accumulated. This will allow you to continue your progression to attain Silver membership.
No, the Gold Circle programme will be closing in 2016. If you are a member (ie. tier status member or Applicant) we will contact you directly in advance of the migration of your account to AerClub. If you are a Gold Circle tier status member and you have chosen not to participate in AerClub, you have until the closure of Gold Circle to spend your Gold Circle Points. If you choose not to participate in AerClub, any unspent Gold Circle points will expire once the Gold Circle programme closes.
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
The Bank of Ireland programme is a separate programme to AerClub. So as such, the existing benefits, (including guest access to the Aer Lingus Lounge) will remain in place and unchanged. If you are a member of this programme, you can choose to receive the additional AerClub Programme benefits by joining AerClub.
Aer Lingus is currently not a member of the One World Alliance and therefore these benefits will not be available.