Bonus For Ryanair Passengers


Passengers who fly with Ryanair could soon be able to clock up frequent flyer air miles, allowing them to jet off around the world, with British Airways. It’s all part of a concession that IAG has offered the European Commission to enable its takeover of Aer Lingus to go ahead.
Ryanair intends to bid for five take-off and landing slots at London’s Gatwick airport that must be relinquished by IAG, in order for its Aer Lingus acquisition to proceed.
The European Commission has insisted that any airline that secures control of any of the five slots that are being surrendered by IAG, must be allowed access to IAG’s frequent flyer programme called Avios, if the new entrant does not already have a frequent flyer programme of its own. Ryanair doesn’t have such a programme.
But the points on IAG’s frequent flyer programme would only be clocked up by a rival airlines’ passengers on services using one of the five Gatwick slots that will be relinquished.
In this case, two of the five Gatwick slots have to be used to operate services between London and Dublin and one between London and Belfast. It raises the prospect of Ryanair passengers being able to redeem Avios air miles, which can then be redeemed to avail of upgrades, free flights, lounge access and other travel-related bonuses for services such as car hire and hotel rooms.