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Earn BA Avios and tier points with Vueling – and summary of UK Vueling flights

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Vueling is the little known sister of British Airways and Iberia.  International Airlines Group, the parent of BA and Iberia, took full control of the Spanish low cost carrier last year.

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.

You can see the earning rate for Vueling here at ba.com near the bottom of the page.

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 ….


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (10)

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  • Carsten says:

    I fly Gatwick-Barcelona with Vueling frequently, they’ve got a very nice 5.30pm flight on Fridays (and any other day) and a 6pm-ish flight back. Booked on Iberia.com this gets me 716 Avios each way on Iberia Plus and a checked bag. I combine them with my BAEC account later.
    The only downside is I need to call Iberia every time to swap my Iberia booking number for a Vueling one in order to check in online (instantly, not 24h before).
    Not a bad deal if you don’t care about the tier points piling up at Iberia Plus rather than BAEC.

  • squills says:

    Actually that ‘bwelin’ bit – whilst correct enough – is written in IPA ie phonetically; in Spanish there’s generally no distinction between the ‘b’ and ‘v’ sounds. The ‘Vuel’ bit comes from ‘vuelo’: flight (cf French ‘vol’, Italian ‘volo’). The ‘ing’ bit is cool Spanish adding on the English ‘ing’ to make a silly blended espanglés verb (such as ‘el rafting’: rafting).

    You’d be just as correct pronouncing it ‘vwelin’ if you wanted to say it in the spirit of ‘flight-ing’.

    • Rob says:

      I copied that from the press release, take it up with the BA press office 🙂

  • Stuart says:

    I’ve flown Vueling to Palma from Southend but this was booked as Thomson. Doubt this would earn points but anyone know for sure?

  • idrive says:

    i recently bought some fligths but in order to get Avios, you need NOT to buy the basic fair, which is fairly cheaper than the avios earning one. can you confirm if someone of you managed to get them? the flight have not been flown yet.
    thanks

    • Tobs says:

      Hi! I always get Avios points (Iberia Plus account), although I usually by via iberia.com. Sometimes the flights are cheaper on the Iberia website than Vueling’s own site. The times I bought the flights via vueling.com I got Avios as well.
      You will not earn any Avios with the cheapest Vueling.com far, you need to buy the classic one (the one with bag and seat). The cheapest fare will only give you Vueling points, if you are a member of “punto”, Vueling’s ffp.

  • Gaz says:

    BA let me in to T3 lounge on 2 Vueling flights I took last summer (I was BAEC Silver at the time). I think I’d booked on Iberia.com so flights were IB code share.

  • Chris says:

    I flew Vueling from BCN>LGW last Monday, booked via the Iberia website. I arrived at the lounge at BCN, presented my BA silver and I was not allowed entry. Apparently Iberia does not allow entry, even with an IB flight number booked through the Iberia website.

    So be careful out there!

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