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Collect Double Avios When You Shop Local

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As a reward for shopping local, you can now collect double Avios when you shop in store at Appleby and Kildare Village, or online via the AerClub eStore at Brown Thomas and Arnotts.

 

Summer is here and lock down is over, so I think we all deserve a little treat! However, it is vital that we try to shop locally and support Irish businesses as they re-open. I have been working with Avios for many years and I was delighted to see that they are rewarding their Irish customers by offering double Avios when you shop in stores at Kildare Village and Appleby, and online at Brown Thomas and Arnotts, before August 16th 2020.

collect Avios when you shop at Kildare Village

We all want something to look forward to, and having a nice pot of Avios to spend when we are back travelling again sounds good to me! Avios don’t expire as long as you collect or spend at least one Avios point every 36 months. As well paying for Aer Lingus flights, you can also use Avios to book hotels and car hire – read five ways to spend Avios here.

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So why not use this promotion to boost your Avios balance, by collecting double Avios when you shop local in these stores before August 16th? 

 

Collect 10 Avios for every €4 spent in Kildare Village

I am a regular visitor to Kildare Village but I haven’t been for months now, I am delighted that this Avios promotion will give me an excuse to go back – well that, and the fact that a brand new Jimmy Choo store has just opened! As well as saving up to 70% off retail prices, I also love the outdoor village atmosphere and the long opening hours. There some great dining options too, including Saba and Dunne and Crescenzi.

collect double avios when you shop at jimmy choo in kildare vilage

There are over 100 brands in Kildare Village including Ted Baker, Under Armour, Michael Kors, Superdry, Coach and Mint Velvet. I rarely leave without something for the kids too, the sports shops are superb and they even have school bags and shoes to get the kids ready to go back to school. You can pre-book your visit and secure a complimentary parking space, and check out the quiet times at the village here.

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Collect 2 Avios for every €1 spent in Appleby Jewellers

Looking to treat your loved one? Perhaps an engagement is on the cards? With over sixty years’ experience and a worldwide reputation for creative jewellery design, Appleby has become one of the leading brands in Irish jewellery. You can book an appointment to ensure privacy and to avoid any social distancing issues in their store. Collect 2 Avios on purchases of all jewellery and watches from Appleby Jewellers in Johnson Court.

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Collect 8 Avios for every €1 spent online with Arnotts and Brown Thomas

Arnotts and Brown Thomas are household names, and I’m sure all of us at some stage has shopped in their iconic stores. However,  you can now search both stores from the comfort of your own home, and collect double Avios when you shop online via the AerClub eStore.

Brown Thomas’ summer sale is in full swing, with up to 60% off selected styles and 50% off selected home wear. You can also bag yourself 30% off a second pair of sunglasses, or treat yourself to a new Apple watch, Fitbit or the latest Charlotte Tilbury must-have. Brown Thomas also has some stylish homewear accessories, kitchen appliances and even BBQ’s.

collect avios when you shop at brown thomas

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In the Arnotts summer sale you can enjoy reductions of up to 60% off across men’s, women’s and kids fashions, homewear, electrical and lots more. As well as top beauty, clothing and furniture brands, Arnotts is home to the iconic toy store FAO Schwarz, and also offers a wide selection of school uniforms. 

 

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Why should I collect Avios?

For anyone who is not familiar with Avios, it is the travel reward currency of Aer Lingus’ AerClub and other international airlines. As an AerClub member, you can collect Avios with wide range of retail, travel and leisure partners, and then use these Avios to purchase flights, hotel stays or car hire.

When you shop online via the AerClub estore you can collect Avios in over 100 retailers. If you haven’t used the AerClub eStore yet, there has never been a better time to start, as AerClub members who haven’t shopped online via the eStore before will get 20% Bonus Avios on their first transaction.

collect avios when you shop online

 

Like this post? You might like:

My beginners guide to AerClub and why you should join

10 Ways To Collect Avios

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I hope this post helps you to collect double Avios when you shop local and support Irish businesses.  This post was sponsored by Avios but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 
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How To Collect Avios at Home – Top Tips To Boost Your Avios Balance

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Shopping online these days? Fancy some new loungewear or toys for the kids? Collect Avios at home now, and pay for flights with Avios later in the year.

 

I love online shopping, no hassle with parking, no crowds and no queues! However, with more and more retail stores closing, shopping online is no longer a lifestyle choice, it is a necessity. So why not take the opportunity to collect Avios at home when you shop online?

We all want something to look forward to, and having a nice pot of Avios to spend when we are back travelling again sounds good to me! Avios don’t expire as long as you collect or spend at least one Avios point every 36 months. I recently paid for flights to Spain in July and it was so easy!

See how to pay for flights with Avios here.

 

pay for aer lingus flights with avios
 

 

 
For anyone who is not familiar with Avios, it is the travel reward currency of Aer Lingus’ AerClub and other international airlines. As an AerClub member, you can collect Avios in a wide range of retail, travel and leisure partners. You can then use these Avios to pay for Aer Lingus flights and other travel related services.

Read my beginners guide to AerClub and find out why you should join.

If you still haven’t joined AerClub, now is the time to do it. There are so many ways to collect Avios, but in this post I am going to show you my top three ways to collect Avios at home.  

beginners guide to aerclub
 

 

 

1. Collect Avios at home in over 100 online stores via the AerClub estore:

 

I have been collecting Avios via the AerClub eStore for many years now. I find it is the easiest way to boost my Avios balance. You can collect up to 12 Avios for every €1 spent, and there are over 100 online stores to choose from. However, if you haven’t used the AerClub eStore yet, there has never been a better time to start… AerClub members who haven’t shopped online via the eStore before will get 20% Bonus Avios on their first transaction! 

 

High Street Fashion & Sports Stores

Fancy some new loungewear or sports gear? Get the latest looks from the biggest online fashion stores such as River Island, ASOS, Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo.com and Nike – and collect Avios at the same time.

collect avios at home when you shop loungewear

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TV & Tech:

Spare time on your hands? Now is the time to gather all those photos off your phone and turn them into a photo album. Photo companies, Snapfish and Optimal Print are also AerClub partners.

Fancy a new phone or tablet? Want to connect with your loved ones via Zoom? Perhaps now is time to invest in technology for your parents. You can collect Avios with Currys PC World, Apple and iTunes via the AerClub eStore. TV has never been so popular – you can also collect Avios with SKY and NOW TV.

collect avios from home when you purchase electronics

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Toy & Book Stores: 

The latest blockbusters, toys, games, or stationary, are all available at Eason. The Lego store, which has the largest collection of Lego online, is also an AerClub partner –  just what you need to keep the kids entertained over the next few months.

collect avios at home via the aerclub estore

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Department Stores: 

With Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Debenhams retails stores now closed, you have no option but to shop online. So why not collect Avios at the same time? Marks and Spencer is also available via the AerClub eStore. With a wide range of clothes for adults and children, as well as some great sleepwear and home comforts, there is always something to buy in M&S.

collect avios at home at marks and spencer

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2. Collect Avios at home when you shop online at SuperValu

Did you know that you can collect Avios by shopping in SuperValu, both online or in store? Many of you may know that SuperValu have their own reward currency called Real Rewards, but did you know that one Real Rewards point equals one Avios? 

In fact right now they are worth even more – Avios have just launched a bonus offer with SuperValu! If you convert your Money Back Vouchers or Real Rewards into Avios before the 4th of May, you will receive an extra 50% bonus, so if you convert 1000 Real Rewards points, you will receive 1500 Avios.

how to convert supervalu real rewards to avios

It is so easy to convert SuperValu Real Rewards points to Avios. You can convert them on the SuperValu Real Rewards app or on the SuperValu website in minutes.  

Read: How to convert SuperValu Real Rewards and Money Back Vouchers to Avios

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3. Get up to 18,000 Avios by subscribing to The Economist for 1 year

Want to keep up to date with current affairs around the world? The Economist weekly newspaper focuses on world news, international business, and politics. Right now you can get up to 18,000 Avios for a one year subscription. AerClub members can choose from a print or digital subscription and earn 15,000 Avios, or subscribe to both print and digital and collect 18,000 Avios. Offer ends 31 May 2020.

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This post on how to collect Avios at home, was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Like this post? You might like:

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Sarah

The Travel Expert 
 

 

 

 
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How to Pay For Flights With Avios

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Hallelujah! You can now pay for flights with Avios! I am so excited by this new initiative from AerClub, it really is a game changer.

 

Are you clocking up your Avios balance with no real plan on how to spend them? Is your Avios balance so low that you think it’s worthless? Or are you still not convinced about the benefits of collecting Avios? If you answered yes to any, or all of those questions, this new initiative from AerClub, ‘Pay with Avios’, will change the way you feel about Avios forever! It doesn’t matter if you have only accumulated a few hundred Avios, you can still use them to pay for Aer Lingus flights with Avios. In one simple transaction you can use your Avios to pay for flights online or via the Aer Lingus app. 

Hopefully by now we all know that there are many ways to collect Avios and how we can collect them for free on everyday spend. Let’s face it it’s not often we get something for nothing anymore, but now you can! There are new partners joining all the time, making it easier and easier to accumulate Avios. However, I am not so sure we are all masters at spending them! I have been collecting Avios for a few years and despite nearly spending them on a few occasions, I have accumulated almost 70,000 Avios. I had planned to use them to upgrade US flights to business class, but this never materialised. I have heard similar stories from many people. I am sure there are lots of you out there with Avios balances and no idea what to spend them on – well not anymore! 

pay for aer lingus flights with avios

How to Pay for Aer Lingus Flights with Avios:

I checked out flights to Malaga on the Aer Lingus website and I could’t believe how easy it was to pay for flights with Avios. Various pay options are shown on screen automatically, once you are logged in to your account and you have sufficient Avios balance in your AerClub account. Your discount options will depend on your Avios balance and the total cost of your journey. You can use Avios to discount your entire basket price when booking, including flights, baggage, lounge passes, seats & meals.

You can see from the screen shot below that I can use 3275 Avios to save €23 off my flight, 7075 Avios to save €46, 12625 Avios to save €77 or 42,000 to save €231. You simply click on which ever amount to want to use and it will be deducted from your flight cost.

pay for flights with Avios

Another great benefit is if you pay for Aer Lingus flights with Avios, you will still earn Avios and Tier Credits on the booking! You can also use Avios to pay for CityJet, ASL or Aer Lingus Regional flights booked on AerLingus.com 

 

Book Aer Lingus flight here

 

Are there any times that I can not Pay with Avios?

1. If you want to pay for Aer Lingus flights with Avios – you need to do it when you are making a booking on AerLingus.com. You cannot pay with Avios over the phone to the Aer Lingus call centre.

2. If there is a codeshare segment on your booking, or if you have a group booking ( 7 passengers or more ), you are unable to use the ‘Pay with Avios’ system.

3. You cannot use Avios to pay for the addition of other passengers to an existing booking, or to discount the purchase price of flights in existing bookings.

4. You are unable to use Avios to pay for ancillaries such as DAA Fast track.

For a full list of Ts&Cs click here.

pay for flights with avios

 

Still not joined AerClub?

If by any chance you have not joined AerClub yet – now is your chance!  It is so easy to join, simply click here. By joining AerClub you will enjoy the benefits of being part of a global network of partners and you can pay for flights with Avios! You can also use Avios to pay for hotels, car hire and travel experiences.


 

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10 Ways To Collect Avios

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This post featuring how to pay for flights with Avios, was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 
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Win Flights for Four to New York When You Convert Your Real Rewards or Money Back Vouchers To Avios!

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Make it the best Christmas ever – win family flights to New York with SuperValu! Just convert your Real Rewards or Money Back Vouchers to Avios before 31st of December to enter.

 

Now this is a competition you don’t want to miss! Every time you convert your SuperValu Real Rewards or Money Back Vouchers to Avios before the 31st of December, you will be entered into a draw to win flights to New York for a family of four! What an amazing prize! Marvel at the New York skyline from the Top of the Rock, visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and check out the neon lights in Times Square. I was in New York this summer with my family and we loved it. New York is a great family destination, check out my post on things to do in New York with kids and see what we got up to.

convert your real rewards or money back vouchers to avios

You need to convert your Money Back Vouchers online and you can use the SuperValu app to convert any new Real Rewards points accumulated before the 31st of December. Top Tip: Don’t covert all your points in one go 😉 Every time you convert 50 Real Rewards points or a €2.50 Money Back Voucher, you will be entered into the draw. So if you have received €10 in money back vouchers, you can enter the draw four times, 1 x €2.50 Money Back Voucher converted = 1 entry! If you haven’t received your money back vouchers yet don’t worry, you should receive them in the post shortly. Check out this short video on how to convert your Real Rewards or Money Back Vouchers to Avios.

As well as getting the chance to win this super prize, you will also collect the standard 1 Avios for every Real Reward converted. This is a great way to boost your Avios balance, see other ways to collect Avios here. For anyone who is not familiar with Avios, they are a reward currency that are used by many airlines including Aer Lingus and British Airways, as well as various hotel websites and high street stores. When you collect Avios you can use them to book flights, upgrades, hotels, car hire and travel experiences. Read my first post about how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points and start your journey now.

convert your real rewards or money back vouchers to avios

Where can I fly to with Avios?

There are so many variations, depending on when and where you travel, but to give you an idea, 8,000 Avios will get you a return economy flight to Paris with Aer Lingus. For 17,000 Avios you can have a return flight to the Canary Islands and if you can buy 26,000 you can have a return flight to New York, Boston, Chicago or Toronto. Note these are based on off peak travel and exclude taxes and charges. For full list of Aer Lingus redemption rates, click here. You can also use Avios to purchase flights with other partner airlines and book hotels, car hire and travel experiences. See the many ways to spend Avios here.

convert your real rewards or money back vouchers to avios

Still not joined Avios? Here’s how to sign up.

For those of you who haven’t yet joined Avios, the easiest way to do it is to sign up to Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer club, AerClub.  Simply click here to join, it couldn’t be easier!

convert your real rewards or money back vouchers to avios

 

Convert Real Rewards or Money Back Vouchers Here

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Click here to see full Ts&Cs. This post was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 

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10 Ways to Collect Avios

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Flying, hotel stays, car hire, online and in-store shopping, and Just Eat, these are just some of the ways to collect Avios, find out how in this post.

 

1. Collect Avios when you fly:

Collect Avios when you fly with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Flybe, Iberia, Kulula, Air Italy and Vueling.  You don’t have to be a frequent traveller to join one of their frequent flyer clubs. If you haven’t already joined, simply sign up to AerClubBritish Airways Executive ClubVueling Club or Iberia Plus to get started now.

10 ways to collect Avios

2. Collect Avios when you shop in SuperValu

Collect Avios by doing your grocery shopping in SuperValu. I have accumulated so many points this way. Simply join the SuperValu reward programme, Real Rewards, and collect points every time you shop. You can then covert your Real Rewards points and Money Back vouchers to Avios easily on-line. Watch out for special promotions to boost your Avios balance.

Click here for more details:

10 ways to collect Avios

3. Collect Avios when you book hotels:

Booking.com, Expedia, Marriott Hotels, there are so many options to choose from. With companies like Expedia offering 7 Avios for every €1 spent, this is a great way to boost your Avios balance. Simply book a hotel using one of the Avios partners and collect Avios at the same time.

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4. Collect Avios when you shop online

Surprise, surprise, this is one of my favourite ways to collect Avios! There are over 100 stores where you can shop online and collect Avios at the same time! Simply go to AerClub eStore, click through to your favourite store and shop as usual – your purchases are tracked and you will collect Avios. Remember to go via AerClub eStore to get Avios every time you shop – it is so easy! Stores like M&S, River Island, Asos, Currys, Apple, Adidas are all partners with Avios! Once you discover this, trust me, you will never shop online any other way!

Click here for more details:

10 ways to collect Avios

5. Collect Avios when you dine or stay at the Merrion Hotel

Cocktails, dinner or an overnight stay, whatever you choose, you can collect 2 Avios for every €1 you spend in the Merrion Hotel. Simply link your debit or credit card via Avios.ie before you go and your purchases will be tracked.

Click here for more details. 

Also, once you’ve linked your card, you’ll automatically collect Avios on all your spend on that card, with other selected Avios partners – see the full list here 

collect avios at the Merrion Hotel

6. Collect Avios when you shop in Kildare Village

Michael Kors, Samsonite, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Superdry – need I go on? There are over 100 different brands offering up to 60% off recommended retail prices in Kildare Village. And if that wasn’t good enough, you can also collect 5 Avios for every €4 you spend!

Click here for more details:

how to collect avios at kildare village

 

7. Collect Avios with Just Eat and Odeon Cinemas

Fancy a take-away or a trip to the movies? You can collect 10 Avios for every €1 spent in both Just Eat and Odeon Cinemas. Read my blog post to find out more.

Click here to read more.

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8. Collect Avios when you book car-hire

Simply book your car hire with Avis, enter your Avios / AerClub membership number under the ‘driver details’ and collect 3 Avios for every £1 you spend!

Click here for more details:

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9. Collect Avios when you shop in Appleby Jewellers

With over sixty years’ experience and a worldwide reputation for creative jewellery design, Appleby has become one leading brands in Irish jewellery. Simply quote your AerClub or British Airways Executive Club membership details at the time of purchase and collect up to 5 Avios for every €1 spent.

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collect Avios with Appleby

10. Collect Avios when you book travel experiences.

Viator, a Tripadvisor company, are specialists in worldwide travel experiences. Whether you want to take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, swim with sharks in South Africa or skydive in Sydney – you can book them all through Viator and collect 7 Avios for every €1 you spend!

Click here fore more details.

10 ways to collect Avios

 

Still haven’t joined Avios?

For those of you who haven’t yet joined Avios, the easiest way to do it is to sign up to Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer club, AerClub.  Simply click here to join, it couldn’t be easier!

 

Like this post? You might like 5 ways to spend Avios too!

 

This post was sponsored by Avios, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

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