In an interesting move, Vueling – IAG’s low cost short-haul carrier – has launched an Avios Visa credit card in France. This is, I think, only the second airline credit card on the French market.
The benefits package is worth a look, because it gives an idea of what Avios considers to be ‘affordable’ in the new world of 0.3% interchange fees.
This is what you get:
€24 annual fee
4000 Avios sign-up bonus, plus a further 2000 Avios for spending €2000 within three months
1.6 Avios per €1 spent with IAG airlines (BA, Iberia, Vueling etc)
0.8 Avios per €1 spent elsewhere – including cash withdrawals!
Other benefits: use of premium check-in desks when flying with Vueling, 25% extra Avios on Kaligo.com hotel bookings, 20 flight credits towards Vueling Premium status (requires 40 flight credits)
All in all this is a surprisingly impressive package. You are getting the equivalent of 1 Avios per £1 spent, and on a Visa card. This is even more aggressive than the recent UK launch of the Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards, and we felt those were rich in the new environment.
Interestingly, it is a different balance of fee and reward to the Vueling card launched in Italy earlier in the year – see here. This card has a higher annual fee of €49 but also a higher earning rate of 1 Avios per €1. For anyone who spends less than €1000 per month on the card, the French version is better value (and vice versa).
There is no guarantee that Avios would look to replace its current UK cards with something similar, but it is clear that someone believes you can still make money with an earning rate this good.
You can learn more on the Vueling website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.