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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.

Save 25% on Vueling Avios redemptions

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 card

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

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.)

Comments (38)

  • MadeUpName says:

    Interesting that the Buenos Aires flights are dropped but Santiago seems to be continuing. I was expecting Santiago to be dropped as it’s a newer route for BA and never seemed too busy.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d guess it’s related to crew hours. Santiago is the longest route BA fly so to stretch it further with a stop would require a full crew change & the expense of keeping additional people down route to cover it.

    • paul says:

      I was expecting this too and am currently booked to travel next April. There is also a downside to EZE operating via GRU in that GRU did have F cabin and that seems to have been dropped.

      • flyforfun says:

        Lets not forget this means one whole less aircraft plying it’s way to South America and therefore (in normal times) less redemption seats available.

        I went on a 2-4-1 redemption back in 2012 and had fun booking an into GIG and out GRU and wanting to add connections to get to EZE and more. Thankfully seats opened up on EZE outbound and in from GIG that made the journey great. Perfect timings for me.

        Would they release seats per sector or one lot to GRU and another lot to EZE?

    • Nick says:

      I don’t know how many times it has to be spelled out… but it’s not about how busy a flight is, but about how much people are willing to pay for it. EZE is a very low yield route, SCL is a high yield one. Hence one is safer than the other.

  • ChrisBCN says:

    I know you write that Vueling does not have a stellar reputation in every single article you have written about them over the years, but that’s from several years ago when punctuality was dire. For the last couple of years pre covid they have actually been very good, and I would rank them above the likes of easyJet. Shockingly, I’m struggling to think of an economy European short haul experience that would beat then.

    • Rhys says:

      I’m booked on a vueling flight in May so we’ll see!

      • ChrisBCN says:

        Good luck!

      • lashious says:

        worst airline ever, flew to BCN last July and never again. They were really late, really rude and I did try an emulate the business class ticket from Rob’s article. Go elsewhere if you “enjoy” air travel

    • Rob says:

      Our review of business class was positive – then they scrapped it!

    • ChrisW says:

      I’ve found Vueling staff to be particularly unpleasant, both on the ground and in the air across multiple flights.

    • RussellH says:

      I have never flown with them, but we did have BHX-BCN booked for last May. They offered a cash refund right from the start, and paid up quickly.
      By far the most painless refund from that planned trip.

      • Isherwood says:

        You were fortunate. Our biggest battle to obtain a refund for a cancelled flight this year has been with Vueling. The customer service experience was so bad we will never use them again. BA, Virgin and Easyjet for all their faults seem reasonable in comparison. It took a combination of chargeback and IAG Head Office to resolve our refunds ( we bought the flights using card and Avios). One to avoid if you have a choice.

        • RussellH says:

          I have to admit that I was expecting a fight, but it just did not happen.

          On 22 April they e-mailed me:- “If you prefer to be refunded the price of your cancelled booking, you must call us so we can process your request*. Due to the current situation, this process may take up to 8 weeks.”
          Phone is a standard London 020 number. I cannot remember when I phoned, but it was sometime in May.
          Waited maybe three minutes to speak to someone. CS staff polite and helpful.
          Got an e-mail on 21 May “we have now refunded the corresponding flight/booking. You will receive the reimbursement on the same account used to make the purchase.”
          Money received back on my Marriott M’Card one week later.
          All took much less than the predicted 8 weeks.
          Still waiting for one of the hotels involved to pay up; another has required a chargeback as it has been “closed” since before the trip.
          A separate trip in September refunded part of the cash promptly, but we are supposed to wait until march before we can claima refund.

    • Lady London says:

      Are you travelling in their regular or premium seats?3

      • Rhys says:

        Me? I’m in the front but I think the seats are all the same….

        • ChrisBCN says:

          Seats are the same, but the first few rows have extra legroom, which is good for us tall boys

  • Number9 says:

    I have to book flights to BA next February, how much longer does that add to journey time 3 hours or so?

  • JMA says:

    I’m booked into Santiago and out of Buenos Aires in March, no changes showing in MMB – when does the route change take effect? And inbound as well as outbound?

  • Hanif says:

    Do you know if this will this become a fifth freedom opportunity?
    Sao Paulo > Buenos Aires.

    • Rhys says:

      Would require government approval. Might depend on how long BA intent to operate this – might just be a stop gap until loads pick up

      • Paul says:

        KLM have 5th freedom SCL to EZE. Good option and great for picking up some miniature Delft blue houses.

      • Marcin says:

        QR had an EZE to GRU fifth freedom until recently. Got operational upgrade from Y to Qsuites last time around. Not bad for a 2h flight!

  • Dave says:

    The flight is still a direct flight, however it is no longer non-stop.

    • Rob says:

      Technically correct – however as you will be forced to pack up in Sao Paulo, get off the plane and reboard it doesn’t make a lot of practical difference. If they let you stay on the plane that would be different.

      • Tom says:

        I’m sure we never used to have to reboard when the 747 did LHR-GRU-EZE/GIG

      • Aaron says:

        Why do they make you get off the plane and re-board on these tag flights? Do you have to go through immigration and security again and all that faff? I presume your seat on the second leg is still the same as the first….do they also tidy up and give you fresh seat amenities?

        • Rob says:

          Because it would be easy for someone to leave the aircraft and leave their explosives-filled bag behind, is the logic.

          That said … I am guessing it is down to local regulations and may vary by route.

          • planeconcorde says:

            Many years ago before BA started flying direct to Buenos Aires, I flew on BA LHR to EZE service with a refuel and change of crew stop at GRU. At that time we did not have to leave the plane and re-board at GRU. Of course regulations could have changed since then.
            At that time BA also had fifth freedom rights and there were some passengers who only flew the short sections GRU to EZE or EZE to GRU. The majority of passengers were LHR to EZE or EZE to LHR.
            The outbound from LHR to EZE was an overnight flight. We were served a dinner on departure from LHR and breakfast prior to landing at GRU. Then we got a second full breakfast on the GRU to EZE sector. Similar on the return, with an afternoon departure from EZE we had a three course late lunch. Then from GRU to EZE a three course dinner and breakfast prior to landing in LHR.

  • Lady London says:

    that was for @ChrisBCN but Wordpress lost positioning again

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Ah, I take the premium seats for the leg room. If you take the last row of the front extra legroom seats, they are cheaper and also often devoid of other people, as the other people take the rows just in front – don’t tell everybody 😉

  • Tayo says:

    Hi Rob & Rhys
    I had flights booked for London to Lima for 14th July 2021. BA just emailed to say the flight has been cancelled. I cannot find any flight either side of this date on BA. Do you have any information if BA have fully suspended this route. This cancellation sucks royally because I booked the long haul sections with two 2-4-1 in club world and my routing is actually DUBAI- LONDON- LIMA- CUSCO – RIO- LONDON-DUBAI. All flights except the LIMA-CUSCO-RIO are with BA. I am BA Gold, any thoughts on how I can discuss with BA to help or show some flexibility and rebook us on a MADRID – LIMA flight?

    • Jill ( Kinkell) says:

      BA stopped their Lima flights over winter , so I had booked 241 to MIA and then separate AA to Lima and return from Quito to MIA . It can all be done with Avios, although I did a cash booking with AA .I think I I did that because the taxes and charges etc with Avios on AA was just as bad as paying cash, so with cash, got Avios and TPs! Needless to say our grand autumn trip didn’t happen!

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