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How to get Flights and Upgrades with Avios Points

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Combining my two favourite pastimes, travel and shopping – to say I am excited is an understatement! I have teamed up with Avios to tell you how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points!


For years I have been hearing from friends and family in the US and the UK about how they have so many air-miles, yet they only take one holiday a year. Getting flights and upgrades with Avios is now something we can all do, even those who don’t travel often. Avios are a reward currency that are used by many airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways and United, as well as various hotel websites and high street stores.


When you collect Avios points you can use them to get flights and upgrades, with any of their partner airlines. Some of you may have already joined Aer Club, the Aer Lingus frequent flyer program, and may have collected Avios points already, but did you know you could collect them in other outlets too?


It costs from 37,000 Avios to upgrade to business class to New York with Aer Lingus For most of us flying business class to the USA was a pipe dream, but with Avios it is now attainable.

how to get flights and upgrades with avios points

Kildare Village, Decathlon and Appleby are just some of the Irish suppliers that have all joined the Avios reward programme. Fancy a trip to Kildare Village? Now is your excuse to go, you can collect Avios points with every purchase!


Have you a special occasion coming up? Make sure you pay a visit to Appleby Jewellers. It really is that simple. Kildare Village will give you 5 Avios for every €4 spent and Appleby will give 1 Avios for every €1 spent.

Read my post on the ways to collect Avios for more partner details.

how to get flights and upgrades with avios points

It doesn’t end there…  AerClub have an eStore!

When I say this is going to change the way we shop, I really mean it! You can also get rewards for on-line purchases in hundreds of high street stores, hotel websites and Apple!  Right now Marks and Spencer are giving 4 Avios points for every €1 spent, Debenhams are giving 4 Avios per €1, ASOS 7 Avios, and travel website Expedia are giving a whopping 10 Avios per €1.


Once you are an AerClub member you can access the AerClub eStore with the same log in and password. Simply click on your favourite stores and shop online in the usual way. It won’t cost you any more to shop this way but your purchases will be tracked, and your Avios account will be topped up with points!

how to get flights and upgrades with avios points

So how many points do I need for a flight, I hear you say….

There are so many variations, depending on when and where you travel, but currently 8,000 Avios points will get you a return flight to Paris. For 17,000 Avios you can have a return flight to the Canary Islands and if you can save 26,000 you can have a return flight to New York. Note these are based on off peak travel and exclude taxes and charges. For full list of date bands click here.


This may sound a lot but I accumulated 40,ooo points  in just one year! With the exception of three flights to Spain, all of my points were accumulated by shopping in SuperValu (unfortunately no longer a partner), Kildare Village and via the eStore.


Avios regularly have promotions on to make it even easier to collect points. Suddenly a business class upgrade on my flight to New York is possible…

how to get flights and upgrades with avios points

How to sign up.

If you are already an AerClub  member, your existing log in and password will suffice. Collect Avios by logging in with your AerClub details and clicking through to the eStore. For those who have not yet joined, you can join AerClub here. Why not download the free Avios app too, it will allow you book flights on the go, check your Avios balance and find out where to collect.


If you have any questions please comment below and I will get back to you. It really is that easy to get flights and upgrades with Avios points! 


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





  • Loved this article! Had avios from aerlingus but never realised I can accumulate points with my normal shop. Bank of Ireland credit card gives 1 Supervalu Reward point for every €10 spent, double that if you shop in Supervalu. You just have to sign up on either site with your card numbers. You can then convert reward points to Avios! Supervalu even have a promo until 4/2/18 for double points!! I got over 2000 avios points just today. Just use your Supervalu rewards card every time you shop. There are a load of promos to double points or get additional points to sign up. I also booked through avios site on Expedia for a hotel stay for 10 points for each euro spent. Be careful though: found out you can’t use promo voucher codes or you forfeit avios points. Really excited to start earning avios for flights!

  • Good advice. Thanks! How do you collect the points at SuperValue or Kildare Village. Use the app or a card?

  • Lynda do you know if supervalu real rewards programme applies to supervalu stores in NI. I already have avios but would be great to link my purchases in my local store to them.

  • Hi I’ve just tried to register filled out form and at the end it said sorry could not continue with registration would you have any idea why this has happened
    Kind regards

    • Sorry Lynda not sure why that is happening, I’ll check this out for you and get back to you on Tuesday.

  • Great post. I have been giving out about this for years. It’s super helpful. Do you know if any Irish organisation give avios points on credit/debit card use.

    • Thanks! Not at the moment but hopefully it will come in later in the year. It looks like there will be lots more additions to come, so watch this space!

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