Vueling, if you’re not familiar with it, is BA’s sister low-cost airline, operating primarily out of Barcelona and Rome. There are a substantial number of services to the UK. Full details are on the Vueling website here.
You may remember our failed attempt to review Vueling’s ‘Excellence’ business class service recently. Anika ended up being shunted to a one-class charter aircraft and had to fight for her ‘Excellence’ benefits.
We made an EU261 claim for a downgrade and we were, to be fair to Vueling, promptly repaid 75% of the fare as per the rules.
It seems that Vueling has now given up trying to compete in the business market. It has announced a new series of fare types. As far as I can tell, unlike the scrapped ‘Excellence’ fares:
- none of them get you an empty middle seat
- none of them come with lounge access
- none of them come with free food and drink
- none of them come with two free checked bags
- none of them come with guaranteed hand baggage storage
- none of them allow you to change the name on the ticket
- none of them allow you to refund your ticket
Here are the new ticket types you can book:
TimeFlex – the nearest you can now get to a business class ticket, offering unlimited changes (you only pay the fare difference), same-day flight change free of charge, priority boarding, Fast Track security and exclusive check-in desks
Family – comes with seat selection at time of booking, hand luggage (10 kg), one checked bag per passenger, priority boarding with infants under 2, exclusive check-in desks in Barcelona and Roma Fiumicino
Space One (from €15.99 extra) – guaranteed front row seat with 20% more legroom, priority boarding
Space Plus (from €12.99 extra) – guaranteed row 2-4 seat with 10% more legroom, priority boarding
Space (from €11.99 extra) – rows 12-14 with 20% more legroom, priority boarding
Personally, this new set up makes me less likely to fly Vueling. The old Excellence product, with lounge access and a guaranteed empty middle seat on the front row, was relatively attractive as low-cost carrier flying goes.
In terms of pricing, there is no longer the big gap that existed between Excellence and the other fare classes. TimeFlex, for a random one-way from Barcelona to Gatwick in November, is as low as €48 one way. This is VERY good value for a ticket which allows you to make changes (but no refunds) and comes with seat selection, priority boarding and fast-track security.
Earning and redeeming Avios on Vueling
It is worth a quick reminder of how you can earn and spend Avios on Vueling.
Vueling has its own Avios programme, Vueling Club. We wrote a long article on how Vueling Club works here. Vueling Club is operated via avios.com and you can log in on avios.com to manage your account and book redemptions.
Vueling Club is revenue based for earning and redeeming. The number of Avios you earn is based on how much you spend, and the number of Avios you need for a free seat is based on the cash cost.
However, to confuse matters, you can also earn and redeem on Vueling via Iberia Plus using the standard earn / burn charts. The only way to work out which route is the better deal on any particular day is to check both.
Vueling flights from the UK are also bookable via ba.com as a British Airways codeshare. This allows you to earn Avios and tier points directly, although you may pay more this way than booking direct.
Want to learn more?
Vueling has a special page on its website dedicated to these new products which you can find 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.