Recently, Aer Lingus announced a new route from Montreal to Dublin, Ireland beginning service on August 8, 2019 that makes for a nice sweet spot on the British Airways award chart, ringing in at just 37.5K Avios in business class or 12.5K Avios in economy class.
Sweet spot spotlight:
- The short story: British Airways only charges 37,500 Avios in business class or 12,500 miles in economy class during peak times for flights under 3,000 miles. The Aer Lingus route from Montreal to Dublin measures in at 2,973 miles, making for a great deal on flat bed transatlantic business class.
- Miles required: 37,500 British Airways Avios in business class / 12,500 British Airways Avios in economy class
- How to find awards: Search Avios.com or United.com
- How to book awards: Call British Airways
The new Montreal-to-Dublin route rings in just under the 3,000-mile “Zone 4” band, making for the following one-way award prices:
- Economy off-peak: 10K Avios
- Economy peak: 12.5K Avios
- Business off-peak: 31,250 Avios
- Business peak: 37,500 Avios
Theoretically, the Boston-to-Dublin route (2,993 miles in distance) should also be in Zone 4, but a few years ago British Airways decided to begin charging (higher) Zone 5 prices for flights on that route. Unlike that route, British Airways is not (yet) charging Zone 5 award pricing on the Montreal-to-Dublin route. This makes the Montreal flights a stellar deal in terms of miles – especially when there is a Current point transfer bonus.
H/T: One Mile at a Time