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 Non-Zero Average||1.10¢||1.55¢||-0.45¢||-29%|
|International Non-Zero Average||2.12¢||1.39¢||+0.73¢||+53%|
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.
Compared to Industry Peers
|Program||Points Reckoning ACRV||Non-Zero Average||Updated|
|Aer Lingus Avios||0.46||1.61||12/29/2019|
|Air France KLM Flying Blue||0.77||1.04||12/26/2019|
|British Airways Avios||0.62||1.49||12/29/2019|
|Virgin Atlantic Flying Club||0.27||1.97||02/07/2019|