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New Vueling routes, bookable with Avios, from Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh

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Vueling is the Spanish version of easyJet.  Few people know that it is owned by IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus.

Whilst British Airways has essentially abandoned flights from UK regional airports, IAG has decided that Vueling (pronounced bwel-ing) with its low cost base can fill the gap.

It is difficult to keep track of Vueling routes, especially as some are seasonal, but the last time I looked I got to:

  • Belfast – Barcelona
  • Birmingham – Barcelona
  • Cardiff – Alicante, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga, Barcelona
  • Edinburgh – Barcelona
  • Leeds Bradford – Barcelona (starts March 2016)
  • Liverpool – Barcelona (starts March 2016)
  • Manchester – Barcelona
  • Newcastle – Barcelona (starts March 2016)


When it comes to earning and spending Avios with Vueling, this is how it works:

If you book your flights on, you will not earn anything if you buy their cheapest ‘Basic’ ticket.  The flight will be cheaper here because you are buying a ‘no frills’ ticket.  More expensive ‘Optima’ tickets do earn Avios in Iberia Plus.

If you book your flights on, you will earn Avios in Iberia Plus.  Your ticket will come with a baggage allowance of one suitcase.  You can use ‘part pay with Avios’.  You can only book routes which are Iberia codeshares.

If you book your flights on (only some routes – including all UK departures – are available, and they will carry a BA flight codeshare flight number), you will earn Avios and tier points.  Your ticket will come with a baggage allowance of one suitcase.

You may see a different price for the same flight across each of the three channels above.  For example, Birmingham to Barcelona, 8th – 15th February: (VY flight number) – €155 return with no baggage or €197 with 1 piece of hold baggage / seat selection / Avios in Iberia Plus (IB flight number) – £161 return, 1 piece of hold luggage, can use ‘part pay with Avios’, earns Avios in Iberia Plus (BA flight number) – £210 return, 1 piece of hold luggage, cannot use ‘part pay with Avios’, earns Avios in British Airways Executive Club

When it comes to redeeming on Vueling, you can ONLY redeem via Iberia Plus.  You will need to have an ‘active’ Iberia Plus account (90 days old and having earned 1 Avios point) in order to be able to use ‘Combine My Avios‘ to move the required number of Avios across from BA or to Iberia.

New route announcements from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester

Vueling has announced three new sets of UK routes in recent weeks.

From Birmingham, Alicante will be launched on 17th June.

From Manchester, Rome and Alicante will be launched in June 2016.

From Edinburgh, Rome Fiumicino, Paris Orly and Alicante will be added.  Paris will start from 29th March.  Alicante will launch on 16th June.  Rome is currently pencilled in for 25th June.  More details can be found here although the Rome date quoted seems to have changed.

If you’re interested in booking, follow the options above.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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

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

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (11)

  • Tim Millea says:

    Iberia Express also needs adding into the picture – another IAG low-cost carrier offering flights from UK regional airports. From Manchester, it is Vueling to Barcelona but Iberia Express to Madrid the latter with possible connecting flights with Air Nostrum.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Iberia Express fly from Edinburgh too.

      We recently took a €14. 30 minute Ryanair fliight from PMI to BCN to then take a €40 Vueling flight to EDI.
      The alternativd was €190 direct from PMI to EDI

  • Mikeact says:

    Did I read recently that you can experience problems with them if going to Florence….full load on the return could mean no luggage loaded ?

  • James says:

    It’s worth pointing out that if you book via IB you can’t reserve a seat / book emergency exits (one Vueling flight had the worst legroom I’ve ever experienced). There is a fix though – you go through Royal Jordanian with your IB ref to find out your Vueling booking ref, at which point you can then log in to Vueling and add seats.

    That said I booked Barcelona – LGW on IB and it was over – €100 cheaper on Iberia than Vueling (taking bags into account). The flight did not exsist on BA. I’d always get all three sites as you could well get three very different prices!

  • Tony W says:

    Took Vueling to Barcelona and back last week and I think it was probably the most cramped and uncomfortable seat I’ve been in for years (Including Ryanair and Easyjet).

    It was however cheaper than the BA flights on offer so for 90 minutes so probably worth the discomfort. I certainly wouldn’t want to take a longer flight with them though.

    • Daftboy says:

      Agreed – my one flight on Vueling a few years back was memorable for the ridiculously cramped legroom (and I have done plenty of Ryanair and Easyjet in my time). I’d be wary for that reason.

  • Lumma says:

    I’m not sure if all their planes as the same but the one vueling flight I took had the worst legroom I’ve ever experienced. Was very cheap tho.

  • Worzel says:

    Booked up BCN-TFS (Vueling) for March 2016-a couple of months ago. Paid extra for seats with extra legroom.
    Looked at prices for the same flight just now and they were £36pp OW- which is less than we paid.
    £36 for a OW 1390 mile/3hr flight with hold luggage can’t be bad!

    • Worzel says:

      To add:
      At the time of booking(on the Iberia website) only BCN-MAD-TFS using avios showed; and what with a distorted journey it made sense to do BCN-TFS paying cash.

  • AH says:

    re: booking Vueling seats. I live in Barcelona, so this is very much Vueling central, so I unfortunately end up taking a lot of Vueling flights. I do sometimes book via IB or BA, and I then send a PM via Twitter to BA or IB in order to get the Vueling booking code – it’s the fastest way to get it! It does eventually show up in the IB/BA booking, but Twitter has always worked best for me.

    And the leg room… yes, they have skinny Recaro seats with a hard plastic back on them, so your knees do suffer – I’m 6’2” and it is not nice. I sometimes splurge on the seats up front, €16 gets you a seat in aisle 2 or 3 with more leg room and priority boarding.

    In terms of filling in space at regional airports around Europe: Iberia Express will usually fly into Madrid, whereas Vueling will fly into Barcelona, which is their main hub.