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Aer Lingus Avios value 12/29/2019

Aer Lingus Avios Value

Updated December 29th, 2019

Their website proudly advertises “anything can fly with avios.com”. From what we found, this should include the disclaimer: “except you”. Like Avios program partners British Airways and Iberia, Aer Lingus suffers from a distinct lack of award space.

This month, we’re assigning an ACRV of 0.46¢ per Aer Lingus Avios. This represents a 16% decline since last year.

Whenever presenting low’ish valuations, I always like to remind readers what this number means. It’s a discounted average, not a hypothetical best-case. Exact calculation steps are documented on our valuation methodology page.

Current Previous Period $ Change % Change
Intra-Europe Value 0.73¢ 0.70¢ +0.03¢ +5%
International Value 0.19¢ 0.40¢ -0.21¢ -53%
Overall ACRV 0.46¢ 0.55¢ -0.09¢ -16%
Intra-Europe Non-Zero Average 1.10¢ 1.55¢ -0.45¢ -29%
International Non-Zero Average 2.12¢ 1.39¢ +0.73¢ +53%
Non-Zero Average 1.61¢ 1.47¢ +0.14¢ +10%
Award Availability 47% 47% n/a +0%
Average Fees $67.19 $176.33 -$109.14 -62%

Aer Lingus Avios value distribution 12/29/2019

Oh those Fees!

Despite finding several very lucrative award opportunities, two things absolutely eviscerate Aer Lingus Avios’ value: availability and fees. Let’s start with the latter.

Carrier imposed fees, taxes, fuel surcharges; call them whatever you want. Aer Lingus has a metric ton of them. On the domestic(intra-Europe) side of our equations, they weren’t outlandish at $43.10. However, move over to the international side, and get this, we’re averaging a gut-wrenching $204.86 per ticket! Ouch. As I deduct fees from the lowest available cash price, it can really wreck a value. Just for comparison’s sake, US competitor Delta is currently averaging just $14.48.

Aer Lingus Booking Fees
Aer Lingus’ ABSURD Award Booking Fees
Redemption Count
Exceptional >6¢ 1
Great 4-5.99¢ 0
Good 3-3.99¢ 1
Respectable 2-2.99¢ 4
Acceptable 1-1.99¢ 13
Terrible <1¢ 18
No Availability 41
Award Availability 47.44%

Aer Lingus Avios best and worst value 12/29/2019

Compared to Industry Peers

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