The airline operates a one-class service with a fleet of, primarily, Airbus A320 aircraft. There are no long-haul flights and no business class seats. The main base is in Barcelona with a secondary main base in Rome. There are a large number of tertiary bases where a small number of aircraft (2-4) are based.
From the UK, Vueling flies:
Heathrow Terminal 3 – A Coruna / Galicia, Bilbao
Gatwick – Barcelona, Bilbao, Florence
Cardiff – Alicante, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga, Seville
Edinburgh – Barcelona
Until Thursday, Vueling was a partner with Iberia Plus but not British Airways. This meant:
you could earn Avios flying Vueling but they had to be credited to Iberia Plus
you could redeem Avios on Vueling but you could only book via Iberia Plus
This is now changing.
Starting immediately, British Airways is becoming a codeshare partner on Vueling routes to or from Italy, including domestic Italian flights, and all Vueling routes to or from the UK.
Vueling flights from Spain or other bases, except for those which come to the UK, are not included. You will not earn BA Avios on those flights although you can credit them to Iberia Plus.
It is NOT generous. You only receive 25% of miles flown compared to 100% on BA economy. You WILL earn tier points – for many people this will be more valuable than the handful of miles.
Note that if you book Vueling flights on ba.com or iberia.com your ticket includes a free suitcase. This is not the case if you book directly on the Vueling website – but your ticket may be cheaper at vueling.com for this reason.
At present you still cannot redeem BA Avios for Vueling flights. Those will need to be done via Iberia Plus.
One thing that is not clear is whether booking a codeshare, and so having a BA flight number on your ticket, gets BA Silver and Gold ticket holders into the Heathrow T3, Gatwick and Edinburgh lounges?
Vueling is pronounced ‘bwelin’, if you were wondering ….