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.
Over the weekend I logged into my Avios.com account using my Aer Club log in details – the same log in works on aerlingus.com and avios.com, for the first time. I booked a flight using Aer Club Avios on Avios.com. I decided to try the transfer from Real Rewards to Aer Club Avios again as I was trying every week or so. This time the transfer completed successfully. The next day the 412 Avios were in my account but the 250 bonus haven’t posted yet.
I’m not sure if logging into Avios.com fully ‘activated’ my account or whether it was purely coincidental. However, I’ve been trying to complete the transfer since March and suddenly it started working. Now I just need to chase up on the triple points promotion I missed out on. SuperValu Real Rewards said they’d honour the promotion if they weren’t able to fix the issue with my account before the promotion ended. I feel this could be a long process.
If you are having issues transferring from Real Rewards to Aer Club Avios try logging into avios.com and not just on aerlingus.com.