Alaska Airlines Members Can Now Redeem Miles on Aer Lingus

Meghan Coyle
By Meghan Coyle 
Edited by Mary M. Flory

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Alaska Airlines has expanded its partnership with Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus, giving the carrier’s frequent flyers even more ways to earn and redeem miles with flights to the Emerald Isle and beyond. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members are now able to redeem miles for both economy and business class seats on nonstop transatlantic and intra-Europe flights.

Here’s what you need to know about flying Aer Lingus with your Alaska miles.

Economy award flights to Europe

Alaska Airlines still publishes an award chart, so you have some idea of how many miles you need to save for your trip to Europe. One-way flights in economy class from the contiguous U.S. and Alaska to Europe start at 30,000 miles and could go up to 80,000 miles each way, depending on demand. To compare, American Airlines, one of the few legacy carriers still using an award chart, offers award flights to Europe for 22,500 to 65,000 miles each way.

Business award flights to Europe

The range of miles needed for an award flight in business class is even greater. A business class ticket on Aer Lingus between the U.S. and Europe could cost you as few as 60,000 Alaska miles, but the most expensive business class ticket could be more than four times that at 280,000 miles.

Economy award flights around Europe

Ireland could serve as your gateway to the rest of Europe. Aer Lingus flies to 141 different cities in Germany, Spain, Portugal, the U.K., Italy, France, Hungary, and the rest of Europe when you connect through Dublin. Intra-Europe award flights in economy class will require between 8,000 and 30,000 Alaska miles.

NerdWallet values Alaska miles at 1.2 cents each.

Nonstop flights to Dublin from North America

Aer Lingus offers service to Dublin from 13 cities in North America, including from the Alaska Airlines hub cities of Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

How to earn Alaska miles

Flying Alaska Airlines or any of their global partners like Aer Lingus is one way to earn Alaska miles. To accelerate your miles accumulation, you might want to consider applying for an Alaska Airlines Visa® credit card, which comes with the following sign-up bonus: Get 70,000 bonus miles plus Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $122 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $23) with this offer. To qualify, make $3,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account. You’ll earn 3 miles per $1 spent on eligible Alaska purchases, 2 miles per every $1 spent on eligible gas, cable, streaming and local transit purchases (including rideshare) and 1 mile per $1 spent on everything else.

The card comes with some valuable perks as well, including the Companion Fare. Existing cardholders prior to Jan. 18, 2023, still earn a Companion Fare regardless of spend, whereas new cardholders must meet a $6,000 minimum spend annually to be eligible for the perk. Recently, the card’s issuer added new benefits that gives cardholders discounts on Alaska Airlines lounge access and in-flight purchases.

The bottom line

Adding the ability to book award travel with Aer Lingus makes the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program even more valuable for travelers. Members of Alaska’s loyalty program now have more ways to redeem their miles for flights to and around Europe, including some nonstop flights from West Coast hubs to Dublin. With the Alaska Airlines Visa® credit card’s sign-up bonus, you could get the 30,000 miles needed for the cheapest one-way award flight to any European city Aer Lingus serves.

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