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5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Avios Balance

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Want to boost your Avios balance before Christmas? Check out these amazing Avios promotions in Kildare Village, SuperValu, online, and introducing collect-on-card at Decathlon.

Many of you will know that I am no stranger to collecting Avios, I have been working with Avios for many years now. I enjoy collecting them regularly in shops, both online and in store. I have accumulated almost 100,000 Avios and I have lots of handy tips to boost your Avios balance below.

I happily used my Avios to pay for Aer Lingus flights to Spain this summer. Unfortunately I had to cancel my trip – but all was not lost, as the Avios were refunded back into my account. And, when I heard that Aer Lingus are flying direct from Dublin to Santorini next year, I was excited to know that I could now pay, or part-pay, for my flights with Avios.

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Is it worth collecting Avios if I don’t fly regularly?

Absolutely! For those of you who think you need to fly regularly to benefit from joining AerClub – you don’t! Less than 10% of my Avios were accumulated by flying. There are over 100 stores offering Avios via the AerClub eStore, and local shops like SuperValu, Kildare Village, Appleby, and new member Decathlon, are Avios partners too.  

Once you accumulate Avios, you can use them to pay for reward flights, hotels, car hire and travel experiences. You can also use them to part-pay for Aer Lingus flights. So even if you have only accumulated 400 Avios, you can use them to get a discount off your next Aer Lingus flight.  

Read: My beginners guide to AerClub here

Read: How to pay for flights with Avios

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During the festive period there are many easy ways to boost your Avios balance – here are my top five.

 

Collect Triple Avios at Kildare Village

Kildare Village is fabulous at any time of year, but Christmas-time is magical 🎄. The village is beautifully decorated and has a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. The outdoor shopping experience is ideal during these times, and they have a convenient virtual queueing system. Simply use your phone to scan a QR code outside each shop, join a virtual queue, and then you will receive a text message when it is your turn to enter. It is a great system, that reduces queuing times and crowds. You can also pre-book parking.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you can, try to go from Monday – Friday, because you will receive triple Avios on all purchases before 31st December. You can also collect triple Avios if you use the virtual shopping experience on weekdays during this time. To put that into context, if you spend €400 on weekdays in Kildare village before 31st December, you will receive 1500 Avios. 

Kildare Village is the perfect place to pick up something special at discounted prices. There are over 100 brands including popular stores like Maje, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger, Superdry and Mint Velvet, and you will receive discounts of up to 60% off retail prices. There are amazing designer bag shops too, including Coach, Kate Spade and Prada, and I rarely leave without something for the kids. Nike and all the sports shops are superb, and Ralph Lauren always has great bargains for Christmas. You can even accumulate points in restaurants!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Read: How to collect Avios at Kildare Village

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Get 25% extra Avios when you convert your SuperValu Real Rewards points, or Money Back Vouchers, to Avios

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? 

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In fact, right now they are worth even more. If you convert your Money Back Vouchers or Real Rewards into Avios before the 5th of January, you will receive an extra 25% bonus – so if you convert 1000 Real Rewards points, or €10.00 in Money Back Vouchers you will receive 1250 Avios. 

Read: How to convert SuperValu Real Rewards points to Avios

See more here

 

 

Collect Triple Avios via the AerClub eStore

If you are shopping online, make sure you shop via the AerClub eStore, it is the quickest and easiest way to boost your Avios balance, as there are over 100 different stores to choose from. There are different rates depending on which stores you are shopping in, and there are regular promotions featuring bonus Avios.

shopping via the AerClub estore is the easiest way to boost your Avios balance

From now until the 23rd of December you will collect triple Avios from Apple, Arnotts, ASOS, Brown Thomas, Currys PC World, FeelUnique, Life Style Sports and Marks and Spencer. There are also over 100 retailers offering Double Avios via the AerClub eStore, including Eason, Karen Millen, Under Armour, and Nike. If you haven’t shopped this way before, you will receive a 30% bonus for your first transaction!

shopping via the aerclub estore is the best way to boost your Avios balance

Read: How to collect Triple Avios via the AerClub eStore

See more here

 

 

Boost your Avios balance by collecting 5 Avios for every €1 spent in Decathlon

I am a huge Decathlon fan, I visit every time I am in Spain, so I was delighted to hear it opened in Dublin. Decathlon is Europe’s number 1 sports retailer and a relatively new Avios partner in Ireland. You can collect 5 Avios for every €1 you spend in store. Decathlon is one of Avios’ card-linking partners, which also includes Oliver Bonas and The Merrion Hotel. This means that if you link your credit or debit cards on the AerClub website, you will automatically receive Avios when you purchase using one of these cards. Make sure you register all of your payment cards so that you never miss out.  

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Collect 1 Avios for every €1 spent in Appleby

Looking to treat your loved one this Christmas? Perhaps an engagement or anniversary 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 1 Avios on purchases of all jewellery and watches from Appleby Jewellers in Johnson Court.

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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.

 

Like this post? You might like:

My beginners guide to AerClub and why you should join

10 Ways To Collect Avios

6 Ways To Spend Avios 

 

I hope this post will help you to boost your Avios balance.  This post was sponsored by Avios but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 
Travel Tips

Collect Avios with Avis, A Free Additional Driver & More Benefits As Aer Lingus Partners With Avis

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Collect Avios with Avis, enjoy a free additional driver and lots more benefits for AerClub members.

 

I am delighted to hear of Aer Lingus’ new partnership and that I can collect Avios with Avis, a trusted and award winning brand in the car rental industry. In fact they are the proud winners of the ‘World’s Leading Car Rental Company’ for seven successive years at the World Travel Awards! 

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Renting a car in a foreign country can be a daunting experience and it is vital that you book with a reputable company. With additional driver and mileage costs, insurance and excess fees, not to mention extras like car seats or sat-navs, you really need to be on your toes when renting a car. Booking through Avis gives you peace of mind that you are dealing with a trusted car rental company. You can book directly through cars.AerLingus.com or use their dedicated reservation line. They also offer flexibility on payment, you can pay when you make the reservation, or when you collect your car.

Avis operate in over 5,000 locations in 165 countries across the globe. Budget car rental is also bookable directly with cars.AerLingus.com so between both brands you will find a wide variety of cars available for business or leisure purposes.

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Extra benefits for AerClub members:

As well as a generous Avios reward there are many other benefits for AerClub members.

  • Collect 3 Avios per €1 spent on Avis car rental, with minimum 500 Avios for 1-2 day rentals and minimum 700 Avios for 3+ day rentals.
  • Free additional driver on every rental for AerClub members.
  • Join Avis Preferred and collect 1,000 Bonus Avios on your first Preferred rental.
  • Rent with Avis 4 times in a calendar year and collect 1,000 Bonus Avios

TOP TIP: Avis Preferred is free to join so my advice is join straight away. If you rent a car twice in one year you will receive a money-off voucher plus a vehicle upgrade voucher. Rent three times in one year and you will get a weekend’s free car rental in Europe!  See more here.

How to collect Avios with Avis:

This couldn’t be easier as you can book directly via cars.aerlingus.com.

  • Visit cars.aerlingus.com, select your AerClub tier and choose your pick up destination and dates
  • Select your vehicle and any optional extras
  • Enter your AerClub membership number when completing your transaction.

Avios will be awarded to your AerClub account within 8 weeks of your completed rental.

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You can spend Your Avios on car hire too:

Did you know there are many ways to spend Avios and car rental is just one of them. Not only can you use your Avios as payment but if you have not accumulated the full amount required, you can redeem as little as 1000 Avios as part payment. See more here.

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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 where you can collect Avios and turn them into reward flights, car hire and travel experiences. See the many ways to collect Avios here.
 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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