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Vueling launches an Avios credit card in France – but is it any good?

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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 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 (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (140)

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  • Matt says:

    I understand that when Avios closes Lloyds upgrade vouchers will be redeemable over the phone through BA. Is that possible now? My Avios account is an Aer Club linked one, so will presumably stay open.

    • Anna says:

      No they are still with if your account is still open and I think that once it’s closed you’ll have to ring to redeem it.

  • Anna says:

    OT – has anyone had their account closed and moved over to BAEC yet? There’s been no movement with mine or OH’s account since the original email notifying us of the changes.

    • E says:

      I can’t get into mine any more. Had assumed it had been moved across. Need to contact avios and find out what’s happened though as my Lloyds points haven’t hit my BAEC account. Might be like someone reported the other day that there was just a logging in problem.

      • Mark2 says:

        I could not login to one of my accounts, but could fetch the points from BAEC.

      • The Original Nick says:

        Logged into! Avios account last night and moved Avios over to my BAEC account.

  • Eddie says:

    OT. Just cancelled my AMEX gold with view to churning in 6 months and securing new signup bonus but was informed by Rep that rules have changed (from February 2018?) and i’ll now have to wait 24 months to be eligible for any sign-up rewards with ANY AMEX rewards cards including Platinum and new Gold Credit Card. cant remember receiving any notification of changes. Has anyone else fallen foul of this “new” approach?

    • Mark2 says:

      My wife and I have received several sign up bonuses since Feb 18 after waiting six months.

      • Anna says:

        +1. I’ve also just recently cancelled a gold and a platinum and this wasn’t mentioned.

    • Mark2 says:

      The referral page for BAPP states ‘This offer is not available if you currently hold or have held any other Avios enrolled American Express Cards in the past 6 months.’ the same on Gold and no doubt on all of the others.

    • Rob says:


    • Jonathan says:

      Straight off the Amex welcome offer widget “Introductory offers are not available if you currently hold or have held any other British Airways American Express Cards in the past six months.”

      It wont be the first time an Amex CS adviser is wrong although these Rumours were rife earlier in the year they seem to have stopped now.

      • the real harry1 says:

        Wrong, perhaps – but indicative of the fact that they know something like this is coming soon

        • Nick says:

          Or more likely that you got one of the agents in the Pacific and they read the rules that apply to US users not GB ones.

  • Spurs Debs says:

    I’ve got a large purchase to make a new kitchen, it’s on interest free for a year but wanted to know if anyway I can earn some BA points of it when I have to pay up or pay interest .They don’t accept Amex which was my plan My back up plan is my two Tesco cards I could put it on for points. My plan is to put it on cards for points then pay the cards of with my cash.

    Am I missing a trick with another card I have plenty of time to apply for one?

    • Hsergio10 says:

      It might be good to see if you can you pay with paypal.
      If “YES”, you can link your amex with Paypal.

      • Spurs Debs says:

        Great I’ll have a look!

      • Spurs Debs says:

        I haven’t found out if I can use pay pal to pay off Barclays partner finance yet; but thanks for the tip as I can pay for all my new fencing supplies with pay pal as they don’t take Amex and I’ve got 100 ft of new fencing to do!

    • the real harry1 says:

      Virgin? ‘The earning rates are EXCELLENT. 0.75 miles per £1 on the free card and 1.5 miles per £1 on the fee card.’

      On the premium card, there’s a link to get 15K joining bonus + 3x £15K/ month for first 3 months if you spend £1500/ month – you’re not eligible for this unless you were an existing Virgin cardholder but they still let you sign up for it, worth a gamble for little risk.

      Want the link? Any Virgin cardholder invited to apply for the new Virgin credit card can get it legit anyway.

      • Rob says:

        You won’t get it. The bonuses are being done done manually in Crawley. I know the exact people doing it!

        • Rob MC says:

          Is there anyone we can speak to and confirm if we are on the list? I had the premium card but cancelled it around November last year

          • Rob says:

            You’re not on the list then! That is too far back. They do seem to be contacting people who cancelled a couple of months ago though.

        • the real harry1 says:

          Far stranger things have happened 🙂

        • Leo says:

          I’ve still got the Virgin White card although it’s largely been gathering dust for a long time -though I have used it this calendar year – I’ve heard nothing from them. Am I likely to?

          • Rob says:

            Emails are going out over 2 weeks UNLESS you opted out of receiving marketing emails from Virgin Flying Club. If you did, you’re stuffed. Opting it now won’t fix it.

      • D H says:

        Yes please can I have the link?

        • the real harry1 says:

          toggle to Premium Card (right hand box)

          if you’re an existing cardholder who has been sent an invitation to apply for a new Virgin credit card but have a lesser offer, take screenshots of this offer and the T&Cs – as things stand you qualify 100% for the 60K Virgin miles offer (ie they don’t say you can only apply for the offer you were sent)

          • Rob says:

            That is a big mistake in my view. I know how they are doing this and you are likely to end up with nothing. The people getting 60k have been specifically selected.

        • the real harry1 says:

          not nothing – 15K only

          the risk is minimal

    • Anna says:

      I’ve just paid for some roofing work via Billhop on a new BAPP – the Billhop fee was offset by the card sign up bonus plus a big chunk of the way towards a companion voucher so it’s worked for me.

      • Anna says:

        Sorry this was a reply to Debs re her kitchen!

      • Spurs Debs says:

        I don’t think it’s going to work in this case.
        But I’ve leant something new today as I’ve never heard of billhop before so will take a look at that properly.

        Blocked recipients
        Card issuers
        Collecting agencies
        BitCoin/Cryptocurrency marketplaces
        Casino and Gambling
        For American Express, the following additional payments are not allowed

        Banks and financial institutions
        Loans and credit payments

    • RussellH says:

      Do please remember that if you try some of these creative ways of getting a nice chunk of avios, you can lose your section 75 rights if the kitchen firm fails; just as the one my sister used about 18 months ago after she paid some £15K. Fortunately she had paid around £500 on a Tesco Credit Card (I think – may have been AA) and after a lot of foot dragging got a full refund.

      I am happy to pay someone like HMRC using Billhop, for example, if the payment scheme works for me, but if I am paying cash in advance for goods that should come later, I stick to a straight credit card payment.

  • RussellH says:

    There is one rather surprising bit in the General Conditions for the Vueling Visa:-

    Condition 3 states quite clearly that you will get avios on cash withdrawals(!), but not on direct transfers from the card a/c to your personal bank a/c. (nor, for that matter on interest or pre-authorisations, which is not surprising.)

  • Crafty says:

    OT: We have recently changed from being employed to being self-employed. As such I am nervous to make a new Amex application, despite a long history with them, for fear of having a rejection hit my credit file. Clearly my household income is now unpredictable.

    Does anyone have any reassuring (or otherwise) anecdotes on how Amex has looked upon such changes in employment status for them, or advice on how to fill in the form faithfully yet favourably?

    • Anna says:

      Do they even check your employment details? My employer has never mentioned to me that Amex have been in touch and I do 6 monthly churning!

  • Pierre says:

    This card seems too good to be true. Getting free avios with cash withdrawals on a VISA is suspicious to me.
    I guess the credit attached to the card will be expensive. It might be like a constant overdraft.
    If it is like the Amex where you pay the credit every month automatically with no fee, then it would be fantastic. But I try not holding my breathe.

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