Earn Avios with United Airlines

United Airlines is a well-known member of Star Alliance. Serving 356 destinations in 48 countries (238 of those in the United States) it is a major presence in the world’s skies. However, did you know you can earn Avios – the currency of many Oneworld alliance airlines – when flying United?

Aer Lingus, although owned by British Airways and Iberia parent company IAG, is not a member of Oneworld, leaving it free to pursue partnerships with airlines outside that alliance.

Members of Aer Lingus’ frequent flyer program, AerClub, collect Avios and through an agreement with United Airlines can collect Avios when flying the American carrier.

All you have to do is set up an AerClub account, use that membership number when making your United Airlines booking and the Avios will drop into your account. You can then transfer these easily – and instantly – to a British Airways Executive Club. From there, you can transfer them onward again to a Qatar Airways Privilege account if you wish.

How to earn Avios on United and transfer to BA

What’s more, on some cheap economy fares United’s earning rate of Avios is better than BA’s Executive Club. It all depends on the individual fare code and there are examples that work both ways. Just make sure you do a little research before booking a ticket.

The earning rates are shown on the chart below from the AerClub website:

United Airlines Avios earning chart

4 Responses

  1. Earning Avios with United Airlines is a great way to maximize my travel rewards. Last year, I earned a significant amount of Avios while flying with United Airlines and was able to redeem them for a free flight. Are there any restrictions or blackout dates when it comes to earning Avios on United Airlines flights?”

  2. Hi Robert,

    This is great to know, as I wasn’t aware of being able to earn Avios with United Airlines.  I have only flown a handful of times with United Airlines, so I haven’t been collecting points.  I am about to change that!!  This summer I will be traveling with United Airlines, so I will start earning points.  I always fly economy, but hopefully, with all my travels I can eventually collect enough points to be able to experience first class!  Do these points expire after a certain time?

    1. Thank you, Jenny. If you collect Avios as your frequent flyer currency then, as long as you credit them to British Airways Executive Club, they never expire – subject to crediting a minimum of one (yes, just one) Avios point a year. You can bank your Avios there and move them out to Aer Lingus, Iberia or Qatar Airways when you want to spend them. United Airlines has its own points program, too. 

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