Pól Ó Conghaile’s tips to change the way you travel
With all the flights he’s taken, our travel editor has picked up a few tricks along the way.
When people travel for a living you know there are a few things you can learn from them.
As travel editor of the Independent.ie, Pól Ó Conghaile has racked up hundreds of thousands of air miles. He has visited every kind of destination from the well-worn tourist trail, the ever popular urban centres, to the little known and remote.
What is more, he’s taken every kind of flight and gone through countless airports to get there. Air travel is a part of Pól’s everyday work.
So we asked Pól what he has learned to make flying that little bit easier. Irish people fly more than they think with an average of 6.79 flights per year. So we can all benefit from Pól’s learnings to make our trip less stressed and a more enjoyable part of our journey.
Whether for business or for leisure, here are Pól tips to change the way you travel.
AerClub, the new loyalty programme of Aer Lingus rewards people who fly with Aer Lingus in a variety of ways and even those who only fly a few times a year can qualify for some real benefits. The best part? It's free to join.
Once you’ve signed up you can collect Avios points everytime you fly with Aer Lingus or their airline partners. You can then use your Avios points on flights when you want to treat yourself to a European city break or that long planned trip to New York City.
You can collect more Avios points when booking your hotel for your next break away through Avios hotel partners. Joining AerClub and collecting Avios points is a smart way to turn your shopping into flights to wherever you want. You can also collect Avios points on your everyday shopping with AerClub's many retail partners such as SuperValu and Kildare Village which you can then spend on reward flights.
AerClub has a tiered membership, Green, Silver, Platinum and Concierge and the more you fly, the more benefits you’ll accrue. Each level has benefits from collecting Avios points to priority boarding, lounge access and companion tickets. Green is the entry level membership and signing up will automatically give you membership.
Get rewards by choosing to fly Aer Lingus. For more information and to join AerClub, click here.