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.
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 vueling.com, 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 iberia.com, 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 ba.com (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:
vueling.com (VY flight number) – €155 return with no baggage or €197 with 1 piece of hold baggage / seat selection / Avios in Iberia Plus
iberia.com (IB flight number) – £161 return, 1 piece of hold luggage, can use ‘part pay with Avios’, earns Avios in Iberia Plus
ba.com (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 avios.com 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.
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