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