I just had a booking experience that surprised me and wanted to see if any of you have more data re: booking United with Avios. I didn’t know this was possible so am curious to learn if any of you have done the same.
The backstory: Deal Dad is taking a jaunt to Ireland with a friend this fall. I’m thrilled that he’s getting a break from family travel. It’s been a goal of mine to get this done for a while now and I finally got them to commit to a plan- as long as I booked it.
As you may know booking Aer Lingus with Avios has long been a terrific value. It’s less so, and more so, now than it used to be. Less so in that Avios has decided that US cities are arbitrarily over 3,000 miles even though the crow flies differently. More so in that Aer Lingus’ generous off-peak pricing carries over from Aer Lingus to BA.
Here’s the bug (er, feature)?
When searching on Avios.com for flight options two popped up. This was odd because Aer Lingus only offers one flight per day from Dulles to Dublin. I called BA to complete the booking (we have a household account so can’t use Avios.com). The BA rep was happy to book either the Aer Lingus or United flight and only when I asked about using points + cash was she able to differentiate between the two.
Turns out that she could easily book either flight on all points, but to use cash plus points she was limited to the EI metal. I wanted to conserve Avios so booked the Aer Lingus metal but was really surprised United was offered to me as an option.
Which leads to my question: have any of you flown United (or Air Canada for that matter) using Avios? This seems like a great option if you are flush with Avios but want to utilize Star Alliance benefits.
Please share your experiences in the comments.
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