Aer Lingus (EI) Gold Circle Programme

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  1. Aer Lingus is a low-fares, full-and-partial-service Irish airline. It's frequent flyer programme is known as the Gold Circle programme and is not currently part of an airline alliance. Having briefly been a member of oneworld in the past, it is believed they may join an alliance in 2011/12. Aer Lingus has bi-lateral codeshare and frequent flyer agreements in place with several airlines including UA, BA, CX,QF & KL among others.​

    Aer Lingus operates a single economy class service on its short-haul network, operated by A320/21s comprising services from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Belfast and Gatwick to destinations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. The Company operates a two-class service on its long-haul network, operated by A330s, comprising services from Shannon and Dublin to destinations in the United States - New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD) and Orlando (MCO).

    The long haul J cabin was upgraded in 2010 and now uniformly has lie-flat Recaro seats. The Y cabin also has under-seat laptop power in Y.

    The short haul has no laptop power; catering is BOB.

    The Gold Circle frequent flyer programme is very uncompetitive and will only serve three categories of people:
    • Complete idiots
    • frequent transatlantic business class passengers
    • those who need a home for the few miserly points earned on the cheap fares that do not otherwise earn on partner FFPs
    The programme has 4 levels:
    • Gold Circle Applicant
    • Gold Circle (2400 points)
    • Gold Circle Prestige (4800 points)
    • Gold Circle Elite (8400 points)
    However, holders of the Bank of Ireland Gold Visa Business Card can also access Gold Circle lounges and priority check-in. Unfortunately, no points can be earned.

    Earning rates are as follows:
    • Ireland-UK: 100 points
    • Ireland/UK-Europe: 150 points
    • Transatlantic: Y-300 points, J-1000 tier points plus 1200 award points
    Gold Circle Points are awarded as per the above when travelling on any valid Aer Lingus scheduled flight in the following eligible booking classes J, C, D, Y, B, L, H, K, M, V, N, X, S and R. Flights not qualifying for points do not appear on your statement. These classes are identified as "W" "Z" and "A" class.
    All code share flights with an EI prefix earn.
    UA, CX, QF and BA earn in applicable classes. KL and LX coded flight do not earn.

    Burning rates are as follows:
    • Ireland-UK: 3000 points
    • Ireland/UK-Europe: 4500 points
    • Transatlantic: Y-6000 points, J-12000
    • TATL Upgrade: 4000 points

    Quick facts:
    • At Gold Circle applicant level, you cannot spend your points - you need to reach the Gold tier to activate spending
    • At Gold Circle applicant level, you cannot see your current balance (only the total you have ever earned) and they don't bother sending you a statement either [​IMG]
    • At Gold Circle applicant level, you do not receive a card
    • You have 3 months to retro credit missing flights
    • Points expire after 36 months
    • Awards, once ticketed, are non-refundable
    • The programme has one of the very worst earn to burn ratios out there
    • The programme has no useful features like a mileage earning credit card, cash and points redemptions, family accounts etc.
    • Elite & Prestige members may use the BA Terraces at LHR when on a single inter-lined itinerary from EI to BA.
     
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