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Vueling Club is live – how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling flights

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IAG’s Spanish low cost carrier Vueling (pronounced bwelin) joined Avios yesterday.  This is worth knowing about because of Vueling’s strong regional presence at UK airports.

The options are very confusing for me to follow, so heaven knows how members of the public are meant to cope.

To put it simply:

You can now earn Avios on Vueling based on your ticket price – unless you credit a flight to Iberia Plus, in which case you earn based on the distance flown

You can redeem Avios on Vueling purely on a ‘money off’ basis – unless you redeem via Iberia Plus, in which case you pay a fixed amount plus taxes based on the trip distance. And you can’t redeem via at all.

how to earn Avios with vueling flights

What is Vueling?

Vueling is a low cost airline, based in Barcelona, owned by BA’s parent company IAG.  It is run separately to Iberia.

Whilst Vueling doesn’t have the greatest reputation for punctuality or comfort, it now serves 138 cities on 345 short-haul routes.  The main base is in Barcelona with a secondary hub in Rome.

Vueling operates from seven airports in the UK including Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as London Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton.  It flew 28 routes from the UK last summer – typical destinations are Barcelona, Rome, Alicante, Mallorca and Malaga.

Punto is no more

Vueling has moved its existing reward scheme, Punto, into Avios.

Punto is now renamed Vueling Club.  Existing points, if you had any, have been transferred into Avios at the rate of 1 Punto to 9 Avios.

The new programme has revenue based earning and revenue based spending.  Except where it doesn’t.

In an interesting departure from the BA model, you are able to use ‘part pay with Avios’ to cover the entire cost of a flight including taxes.

Full details of Vueling Club can be found on the Vueling website here.

This is a bigger upheaval for Avios than you may think.  There are two million people with a ‘Punto’ account, so the Avios customer base has jumped from 7m to 9m overnight before stripping out duplicates.


Does this mean I can now earn Avios when flying Vueling?


It was always possible to earn Avios with Vueling, but it was fiddly.  You either had to credit to Iberia Plus or book a BA codeshare service and earn in British Airways Executive Club.

How do I earn Avios now?

Now that Vueling Club is launched, you can earn Avios on ANY Vueling ticket booked via their website.

You do NOT need to join Vueling Club unless you want to create a profile to speed up the booking process.   Vueling Club membership numbers are actually just membership numbers ‘in disguise’ – just like Aer Lingus Aer Club.

Book a Vueling flight on, add your number and the Avios will turn up. You cannot add a BA Executive Club number.

How many Avios will I earn flying Vueling?

It is a revenue based system.  The more you spend, the more you earn:

Basic Fares earn 3 Avios per €1 spent

Excellence and Optima Fares earn 4 Avios per €1 spent

Premium members – who take 40 Vueling one-way flights each year – will earn double Avios.

It isn’t clear how the earning rates are adjusted for the taxes and charges element of your ticket price.

But, just to cause confusion ….. hold your horses:

If you book an ‘Optima’ or ‘Excellence’ fare on Vueling, you can still earn Avios in Iberia Plus based on the old system.  The further you fly, the more Avios you earn.

Here are the earning rates if you credit a Vueling flight to Iberia Plus:

Vueling flight carrying an Iberia (IB) flight number:

    • Business – 1.5 Avios per mile flown (min 750)
    • Economy Flexible – 1 Avios per mile flown (min 500)
    • Economy Classic – 0.5 Avios per mile flown (min 250)
    • Economy Basic – 0.25 Avios per mile flown (min 125)

…. and on flights with a Vueling (VY) flight number):

    • Excellence Class – 1.5 Avios per mile flown (min 750)
    • Economy Flexible – 1 Avios per mile flown (min 500)
    • Optima Class – 0.5 Avios per mile flown (min 250)
    • Basic Class – 0.25 Avios per mile flown (min 125)

Note that the Vueling website implies that ‘Basic’ fares no longer earn Avios in Iberia Plus.  The Iberia website still shows that they do.  It isn’t clear which is correct.

You need to do the maths for every flight.  Depending on what you are spending, how far you are flying and what class you are travelling in, you need to decide whether Vueling Club / Avios or Iberia Plus is the better place to credit your Vueling flight.

And a double Avios promotion

Until 31st October, you can earn double Avios on all Vueling flights you book which are credited to Avios / Vueling Club.

You do not need to fly before 31st October, just book.

This does not apply to Vueling flights credited to Iberia Plus.

how to earn avios points flying vueling


Will I be able to spend Avios on Vueling flights?


Have they made it insanely complicated by creating two separate pricing models with different websites?

Yes 🙂

You can either book Vueling redemptions on the Vueling booking site or via Iberia Plus.

Note – and this is important – you cannot book Vueling flights via or  This is a mistake in my view because no-one is going to know that they exist.

Pros and cons of booking Avios flights on Vueling via

Redemptions on are ONLY available via the ‘part pay with Avios’ method.  Except, in this case, you can actually FULLY pay with Avios if you want.

Alongside Lufthansa short-haul, Vueling is one of the few airlines in Europe to allow you to get totally free flights, including taxes and charges, with your points.  That said, you cannot yet use Avios to redeem for additional services such as checked baggage or priority seating – although this is on the way I am told.

You need to log in using your account details on  If your Avios currently sit in a BA account, you will need to move them into using ‘Combine My Avios’ (click here).

(As of last night, the Vueling site was broken and did not allow you to log in using Avios or Iberia Plus IDs.  I am assuming that this is only temporary.)

Select the flights you want, in any class – Basic, Optima or Excellence.  You can book ANY flight.  There are no availability restrictions.

On the payment page you will be offered the chance to pay with Avios.

The rate is very poor, unfortunately.  You will be offered 0.55p per Avios.  Personally, I think you need your head examining if you accept such a weak redemption rate for your points.  I would want to get double that when redeeming.

In theory, because you are booking a cash ticket but paying with Avios, your redemption flight should earn Avios back if you credit it to Iberia Plus.  It may also credit to Vueling Club – it depends if they base Avios earned on the cash element of the fare or the cash you actually pay, which is nil.

Pros and cons of bookings Avios flights on Vueling via Iberia Plus

You can still redeem Avios via Iberia Plus for Vueling at fixed Avios prices.  This involves:

    • opening an Iberia Plus account at
    • having it open for at least 90 days
    • earning at least 1 Avios in the account from a BA or oneworld flight, from crediting a hotel stay, from another partner or from moving across some American Express Membership Rewards Points and then
    • using ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points to Iberia Plus

The problem is that Avios redemptions on Vueling are usually not competitive due to the taxes.   Avios redemptions do get a free checked suitcase, however, which may swing it.

I looked at a typical Vueling flight from Rome to Barcelona in January.  It priced up at 4,500 Avios plus £37.50 of taxes.  A cash flight on the same day was €52 for Basic (no luggage) or €66 for Optima (suitcase included, as you would get with an Avios redemption via Iberia Plus).  This is also a poor use of your Avios, although you may well find dates at peak times where it is a better deal.

You will NEVER find dates at peak times where it is a better deal redeeming via, because the 0.55p per Avios redemption rate is fixed.  When cash prices go up, so does the number of Avios needed.

How to earn Avios points flying on Vueling

I never fly Vueling – is there anything in this for me?


Another Avios programme gives you more opportunities for earning.

If there are any Vueling-only promotions running with partners, such as hotels or car hire groups, you can take advantage, earn points in Vueling Club and then move them across to British Airways Executive Club.

In summary …..

If you have any Punto points, they will be turned into Avios at a 1:9 rate

You can now earn Avios on any Vueling ticket, irrespective of cost, as long as you credit to a Vueling Club account or an existing account.  However, on Optima or Excellence fares you may earn more Avios by crediting to Iberia Plus where you will earn based on distance flown.

You can redeem Avios for a discount – of up to 100% – on any Vueling flight in any class via ‘part pay with Avios’ when you book at  You need to log in using your details and, if necessary, use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points from BA to

You can also redeem for Vueling flights via Iberia Plus.  These rewards are priced using the standard distance model, eg 4,500 Avios plus taxes for a short one-way flight in Economy.

You cannot redeem via the platform.  This seems like a bad choice, strategically.  Most users will never know the Vueling options are there.  You also cannot redeem via

You can find out more about Vueling Club on this page of the Vueling website.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 (54)

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  • Billy says:

    I tried Vueling Excellence recently. The fare was €99 which was er, excellent.

    The lounge at BCN is poor.
    Fastrack was indeed fast especially given The issues with security queues reported in recent months.
    The plane was dirty.
    It really was anything from the buy on board menu – no restrictions! Vueling do a nice G&T which comes with freeze dried raspberries for colour.
    Once flight had taken off other pax sat in Row 1 without a word said. Annoying as it was clearly to get off the plane first.

    There seems to be no Lounge access at Gatwick provided for departing passengers.

  • Lady London says:

    My head hurts reading this. I can’t imagine how your head must have hurt writing it Rob!! I’ve filed it for “later” !!!

  • Leo says:

    What’s the legroom like on Burling? 28″?

  • Tony Burns says:

    Recently flew Vueling from Amsterdam to Malaga and was my first experience of them.
    Never before have I been on a flight having a medical emergency but on this flight we had two!
    As it was a very late flight the fare was unbelievably low.
    Aircraft was slightly tatty inside but cabin service good and more enjoyable than Ryanair.
    Do watch out though as a lot of Vueling flights go via the Barcelona hub which if you are heading to, for example Malaga can be a pain.
    In my case most of my flights are Malaga/Stansted but an option for me from Malaga to a selection of European destinations and Avios makes it worth consideration.

  • Mr dee says:

    If your Avios super rich and the fare is low then I might be tempted to use a few Avios as I hate paying cash when there is an alternative.

  • Ted says:

    Long-time reader, first-time poster. Be kind! 😛

    I already had a Vueling account before this Avios link was announced. Have found them to be a pretty good airline on the whole when travelling to and from Spain. I was chuffed to hear that the ‘Punto’ to Avios conversion rate was quite generous as I stand to gain a few thousand Avios. As yet, however, I can’t update my account or I am told the site is unavailable. Anyone else having similar problems?

  • Tom says:

    Can you move avois between VY Club and BAEC ?

  • Discount Mike says:

    FYI, you need to use your username not email to log into

    • Ted says:

      I’ve tried logging in with my Vueling details and Avios details several times this past week and still no joy. They take me to new sign-up pages each time but neither can complete the process and I am left with a connection error message. I’ll keep trying…

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