Are Lingus has previously announced that they’ll be joining oneworld and a rebrand of their loyalty program (which had been previously been delayed a few times). It looks like the launch of AerClub is really going to happen now on January 7!
I received this in my inbox this morning:
As you previously expressed an interest in joining AerClub, the new loyalty programme of Aer Lingus, we’re now delighted to be giving you the opportunity to sign up to the programme in advance of its official launch. This brand new programme is all about rewarding and recognising loyalty, in the air, on the ground, and online. Sign up before January 7th 2017, and as a welcome to AerClub, you’ll receive 250 bonus Avios points to start you on your way to travel rewards.
Signing up for AerClub takes only 5 minutes and you have the option to link your new account with an existing Avios account (not be confused with British Airways or Iberia Avios). Now with Aer Lingus, there are four Avios “currencies”. You can only link an “Avios” account.
I ended up selecting the option to create a new Avios account. I would imagine that the 250 bonus Avios could be moved interchangeably between Avios accounts now or sometime in the future.
It’s also worth noting that my 250 points in my newly-generated Avios account did not post instantly. No idea when I should see them (if ever) either, ha!