I’m always trying to pick up as many frequent flyer points as possible. In countries like the US there are a shedload of credit cards you can sign up to that have very generous sign up bonuses. Unfortunately, there are very few of these options available in Ireland. I’ve started trying to earn as many Real Reward points as possible with the idea of transferring them over to Aer Club Avios points (and then potentially over to my BA Executive Club Avios). I have my Bank of Ireland Credit Card linked to my Real Reward Account and have recently linked my eir account – earning 1 reward point for every €2 spent with eir. These are very small time earning rates so I wouldn’t adjust your spending habits or move to eir just for the reward points.

I ended up with 400 or so Real Reward Points which in August would have transferred over to 1,200 Avios. However, every time I tried to make a transfer from Real Rewards to Aer Club I got an error saying “We were not able to convert your Real Rewards points to Avios Points at this time” I’ve been on to their customer support but kept getting a response along the lines of “we’re looking into it” with no timeframe to resolve the issue.

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SuperValu Real Rewards have teamed up with Aer Lingus’s new loyalty program Aer Club. This partnership allows you to transfer your Real Rewards points to Aer Club Avios at a rate of 1:1.

You can earn Real Reward points when shopping at Supervalu, purchasing Supervalu insurance, paying your Electric Ireland bill, buying SuperValu getaway breaks or using their CashBack portal – eShops.

It is possible to link your Bank of Ireland credit card with your SuperValu Real Rewards account to earn points each time you use your credit card.

Currently there is a promotion on until 31st August giving you triple Avios when you convert from Real Rewards to Avios. 1 SuperValu Real Reward point will now get you 3 Avios instead of the normal 1 Avios.

I still haven’t been able to convert my Real Reward Points to Avios, each time I try I get an error message and support have so far been unable to resolve the issue. My aim is to convert to Aer Club Avios and then converts them to BA Avios as the redemption rates are much better with BA instead of Aer Lingus.

I’d love to hear if you’ve been able to take advantage of this promotion or are experiencing the same issue as I am.

There aren’t many ‘reward’ credit cards in Ireland compared to other countries in particular the US. Bank of Ireland have recently partnered with SuperValu Real Rewards allowing members to earn 2 points for every €1 spent in SuperValu and 1 point for every €10 they spend everywhere else on their personal Bank of Ireland credit card. This isn’t exactly worth getting excited for but as someone with a BOI credit card I decided I might as well sign up. There is a bonus of 250 points when you link your BOI credit card to your SuperValu Real Rewards account.

Signing up to SuperValu Real Rewards was quick. I picked up a card in the store and activated it online. Linking the SuperValu card to the BOI credit card was easy as well and just involved filling out one form on the BOI website. 5 days later I received a text confirming the cards were linked. Points appear on my Real Rewards account about 5 days after the transaction is posted to my credit card account.

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