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One of the best ways to use Avios points is for Aer Lingus flights from the US East Coast to Dublin, Ireland — you’ll pay just 13,000 Avios one-way in economy on off-peak dates.

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  • Three Chase credit cards are offering new welcome bonuses of 100,000 Avios points.
  • You can redeem Avios on British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and with dozens of partner airlines.
  • There are sweet spots with cheap award pricing to Ireland, Hawaii, Spain, and more.
  • Read Insider’s guide to the best rewards credit cards.

If you’re new to travel rewards, it might seem strange to consider earning points from a European airline if you don’t have plans to fly there. Avios, the rewards currency of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus, might not even be on your radar — but they’re useful for much more than flights to Europe.

You can redeem Avios for award flights on partner airlines both within the US and to destinations around the world. British Airways and Iberia are part of the Oneworld alliance, so you can use Avios from these airlines for flights on any other Oneworld member, including American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas. 

Right now, all three Chase credit cards that earn Avios — the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, Iberia Visa Signature® Card, and Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card — are offering a bonus of 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

Read more: The Chase British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus cards are now offering a whopping 100,000 Avios points — and they’re not just good for flights to Europe

In the first year, new cardholders can also earn 5x Avios on flight purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and LEVEL, and 3x Avios on accommodations booked directly with hotels (after the first year, you’ll earn 3x and 2x in these categories, respectively). The cards earn 1x Avios on all other purchases.

All three airlines have slightly different award charts, and numerous redemption options allow you to book flights for fewer miles compared to other programs — even outside of Europe. 

Whether you’re a points and miles beginner or a seasoned award traveler, these redemption ideas for spending 100,000 Avios will be sure to get your wanderlust juices flowing. 

Best ways to use 100,000 Avios

Avios rank in the middle of the pack when it comes to their value at around 1.3 cents per point on average, according to Insider’s points and miles valuations. That means you can expect to get roughly $1,300 worth of flights from 100,000 Avios, although the exact value you’ll get depends on how and when you redeem your rewards.

British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus all use slightly different distance-based award charts. Instead of region-based pricing (where the number of miles required is the same regardless of flight distance between two regions), you’ll pay fewer Avios for shorter flights, and more for longer ones.

Here are some of the best Avios sweet spots.

The US to Ireland with Aer Lingus

Regular APR

15.99% – 22.99% Variable

Credit Score

Good to Excellent

Featured Reward

100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

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  • Pros & Cons
  • Details

  • Pros
    • Substantial welcome bonus and generous earning rate on Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and LEVEL purchases
    • Opportunity to earn a companion ticket each calendar year
    Cons
    • Companion ticket requires $30,000 in spending in a calendar year
    • Earn 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
    • Earn 5 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and LEVEL within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 3 Avios.
    • Earn 3 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 2 Avios. Plus earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases.
    • Every calendar year you make purchases of $30,000 on your Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card, you’ll receive a Commercial Companion Ticket good for 12 months
    • You and any authorized users on your account are eligible for Priority Boarding on Aer Lingus flights departing from and returning to the US from Ireland.
    • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
    • Simply tap to pay with your contactless Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card. Just look for the contactless symbol at checkout. It’s fast, easy and secure!

    Redeeming your Avios through the Aer Lingus website for Aer Lingus flights from the US to Ireland is one of the best values you’ll get for flights to Europe.

    From the US East Coast

    Award tickets from the East Coast are a bargain because of the relatively short distance to Ireland. You can fly economy across the Atlantic for just 13,000 Avios one-way (off-peak) or 20,000 Avios (peak). This applies to flights to Dublin from the airline’s Zone 5 region, which includes Boston, Newark, New York-JFK, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, DC, and also Toronto, Canada. The airline’s direct flights from Boston and New York-JFK to Shannon are the same prices. 

    Read more: Aer Lingus Visa Signature card review

    If you really want to treat yourself, you can get a one-way flight in Aer Lingus’ business class on the same routes from just 50,000 Avios (off-peak) or 60,000 Avios (peak). In other words, your 100,000 bonus Avios would be enough for a return flight in business class to Ireland on off-peak dates. 

    From the rest of the US

    Aer Lingus also operates direct flights to Dublin from Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, and Seattle. These airports fall into the airline’s Zone 6, meaning the one-way redemption rates are slightly higher for economy at 16,250 Avios (off-peak) and 25,000 Avios (peak) and for business class, you’ll need 62,500 Avios (off-peak) and 75,000 Avios (peak). 

    Read more: The best ways to redeem credit card points and miles for flights to Europe

    It’s worth noting that Aer Lingus (like many other airlines) is still operating a reduced schedule with fewer destinations than pre-pandemic times. Some routes, like Dublin to Miami, will not be returning until December. The industry is still in a state of constant change, so make sure to double-check if your desired route is currently operating before planning a trip.

    Domestic travel on American Airlines (including Hawaii)

    If you’re still not sure about traveling abroad just yet, you can use your Avios to redeem on American and Alaska Airlines flights within the US. Unfortunately, Zone 1 pricing doesn’t apply to flights to, from, or within the US, so the cheapest award tickets cost 9,000 Avios for flights up to 1,151 miles in distance with British Airways’ award chart.

    This can still be a great use of Avios if you’re booking short-haul domestic flights of under 1,151 miles, and taxes are minimal at $5.60 one-way. When looking at similar domestic routes using American Airlines, Delta, or United miles, you’ll often spend less by booking with Avios.

    Read more: The best credit card rewards sweet spots that get you the most from your hard-earned points and miles

    Another fantastic sweet spot is for flights between the West Coast and Hawaii on American or Alaska Airlines. These routes fall into Zone 4 and cost just 13,000 Avios one-way in economy plus $5.60 in taxes and fees. Eligible West Coast airports to Hawaii with this pricing include Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Anchorage.

    While 9,000 or 13,000 Avios plus a few dollars in taxes and fees is a steal, there are some great cash fares around at the moment too. It’s always worth checking both options and figuring out where the most value is for you personally. A great example of when these cheap Avios fares can save you lots of cash is for last-minute bookings when one-way domestic flights can be hundreds of dollars. 

    US East and West Coast to Spain

    Regular APR

    15.99% – 22.99% Variable

    Credit Score

    Good to Excellent

    Featured Reward

    100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening

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  • Pros & Cons
  • Details

  • Pros
    • Substantial welcome bonus and generous earning rate on Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL purchases
    • Opportunity to earn a $1,000 Iberia flight discount voucher each calendar year
    Cons
    • Discount voucher requires $30,000 in spending in a calendar year
    • Earn 100,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
    • Earn 5 Avios per $1 spent on purchases with Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and LEVEL within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 3 Avios.
    • Earn 3 Avios per $1 spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel within your first 12 months from account opening, thereafter earn 2 Avios. Plus earn 1 Avios per $1 spent on all other purchases.