Vueling is the Barcelona-based low cost short-haul airline owned by IAG, the parent of British Airways.
It does not, it has to be said, have a stellar reputation but you will often see it popping up on routes where you wouldn’t necessarily expect it – Florence to Gatwick, for example.
You can earn and redeem Avios on Vueling in two ways – either by joining Vueling Club (which operates on the avios.com platform) and redeeming for a fixed cash discount, or via Iberia Plus, where flights are priced using the traditional charts. This article explains, in detail, how to earn and spend Avios with Vueling.
Vueling Club only offers revenue-based redemptions. You can use Avios to pay as much or as little of the flight cost as you want. Unlike redeeming Avios for BA flights at ba.com, you get a flat value per Avios and there is no limit to how many you can use..
You need to log in using your avios.com account details on vueling.com. If your Avios currently sit in a British Airways account, you will need to move them into avios.com – giving your Vueling Club account number – using ‘Combine My Avios’ (click here).
Select the flights you want. 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 usually very poor, at around 0.55p per Avios. I would personally look to get around 1p per Avios, at least, via British Airways redemptions as my ‘what is an Avios worth?’ article shows.
However, until 20th December, the number of Avios you need is discounted by 25%.
Here is an example in practice, for Gatwick to Florence one way. Note that you can only make Avios bookings on the website and NOT in the Vueling app:
Instead of paying €61.99, I can redeem 7,745 Avios. This works out at exactly 0.8 Eurocents per Avios, so 0.7p.
0.7p isn’t utterly terrible. It is better than many Avios redemption options including wine and hotel rooms. You can do a lot better, and if you’ve got your Avios via, say, Tesco Clubcard or American Express Membership Rewards transfers then you are selling yourself short by accepting 0.7p.
If you picked them up from BA Amex spend or travelling, however, it is acceptable. You can find out more on this special page of the Vueling website.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.
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.
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.
(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.)