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Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is the national carrier of Ireland.

Earning miles

Earn MileagePlus miles according to the booking class that you purchase on qualifying Aer Lingus-operated flights:

  • Between North America and Ireland
  • Between London and Belfast, Cork, Dublin, or Shannon
  • Between Dublin and Birmingham or Manchester

To receive mileage credit, present your MileagePlus number when you make reservations, and make sure that it appears on your boarding pass at check-in.​​


Mileage accrual

Mileage accrual will vary based on MileagePlus status and where you purchased your ticket. Please see the details below.

Ticket number starts with "016" and was purchased from United on, through the United Customer Contact Center or at the airport, or from a travel agency or other travel website

Mileage Accrual Chart for MileagePlus status and MileagePlus multiplier
MileagePlus status Award miles earned
(based on fare1)
Member 5 × fare
Premier® Silver 7 × fare
Premier Gold 8 × fare
Premier Platinum 9 × fare
Premier 1K® 11 × fare

1The fare is the base fare of the ticket plus carrier-imposed surcharges, excluding any government-imposed taxes and surcharges. For tickets purchased in a currency other than U.S. dollars, we will convert the purchase to U.S. dollars using an industry standard exchange rate and then calculate the number of miles you will earn. Please note that the price displayed when purchasing a ticket on includes up to a 7.5% U.S. Federal Transportation Tax on the base amount of the fare on itineraries wholly within the United States. This tax also applies to certain itineraries between the United States and Canada or Mexico. You will not earn PQD or award miles for the full amount of the displayed price for these itineraries because the U.S. Federal Transportation tax is not eligible to earn PQD or miles. Certain fare classes are ineligible for accrual.

Ticket number does not start with "016" and was purchased from an airline other than United or from a travel agency or other travel website

Mileage accrual is based on flight distance2, class of service and purchased fare class.

Eligible Aer Lingus fare classes
Class of service Purchased fare class Award mile earnings
(including fare class bonus)
Business C, D, J 100%
Economy between North America and Ireland Y, B, H, K, M, V, N 75%
Economy between North America and Ireland L, X, S 50%
Economy between London and Dublin, Belfast, Shannon or Cork
Economy between Dublin and Manchester or Birmingham
Y, B, H, K, M, V, N, L, X, S 250 miles

All other fare classes do not accrue mileage. United and Aer Lingus reserve the right to change the eligible fare classes at any time without notice.

Mileage accrual is subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program and, as provided therein, mileage will be credited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MileagePlus Program in effect at the time of travel, not at the time air travel is purchased, booked or reserved, and accordingly miles may not be awarded for some tickets or miles may be awarded in an amount fewer than shown. The award miles accrued on codeshare flights are based on the operating carrier and their equivalent fare class. This could result in differences between the purchased booking class and the booking class flown, which determines the number of base and Premier qualifying miles and Premier qualifying segments earned. MileagePlus award miles earned may vary depending on the Premier status of the customer.

2Flight distance is defined as the miles scheduled for a specific flight, as determined solely by United.

I'm not sure about my ticket

If your ticket was purchased directly from, by calling the United Customer Contact Center (including a United specialty desk, such as United Groups, United Meetings or the Premier® Priority Desk), from a United representative at the airport, or through a United ticket office, then you should select the "Ticket number starts with "016" option above. Otherwise, you should select the "Ticket number does not start with 016" option above.

If you don't know how your ticket was purchased, in most cases your ticket number can be found on your confirmation email or receipt. If the ticket number is 13 digits and starts with "016," then you should select the first option above. If the ticket number starts with anything other than "016," then you should select the second option above.

Using miles

  • See our award chart to find out how many miles you'll need, depending on class of service and region of travel.
  • You can use miles to fly one way or roundtrip.

You can book award travel on Aer Lingus through Please note: Service charges may apply for booking or changing award reservations, depending on ticketing, travel dates and MileagePlus status. Award tickets cannot be issued at the airport. Call 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) to reach the United Customer Contact Center within the U.S. and Canada, or view more contact and language options.​​​​