oneworld to welcome Aer Lingus soon

One of the developments in the aviation industry last night was the approval for sale of the Irish government’s 25% stake in Aer Lingus to IAG (International Airlines Group), the company that owns British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. With this transaction coming through, Aer Lingus will still be operating as an independent entity, and hold its existing slots at London Heathrow. You can read details here [PDF].

The best part for frequent flyers? Air Lingus will join the oneworld alliance in the coming days. Though there is no timeline prescribed, but this will be interesting from a connections perspective, and flying to Ireland will become that much easier! Also, there will be newfound use of those Avios I earn all the time with British Airways to travel to newer places

Fun fact, Air Lingus was a member of the oneworld alliance till about 8 years back when it dropped out to pursue ambitions as a low-cost carrier.

How do you guys feel about the news?

Personally, I so wish there was an Indian carrier in the oneworld alliance as well. Sigh!

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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  1. Are not Aer Lingus award flights already able to be booked with BA Avios? They just need to be booked by phone.

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