Can I earn Avios and British Airways tier points if I fly with Vueling?
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In this article we’ll look at how you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points by flying with Vueling, and whether it’s worth it compared to flying British Airways.
Vueling is a Spanish-based low-cost airline equivalent to easyJet or Ryanair that belongs to International Airlines Group (IAG), which also owns British Airways and Iberia.
There are three ways of earning Avios with Vueling.
Option 1: Earn Avios with Vueling Club
It is possible to earn Avios on Vueling via Vueling Club, their frequent flyer program, which also uses the Avios rewards currency. This makes it very convenient for earning Avios and crediting them to your Executive Club account. This is the logical option for most people.
Unlike British Airways and Iberia, you earn Avios per € spent rather than per mile flown. This makes it a revenue-based system.
As you can see on the Vueling website here, you earn 2 Avios per €1 spent on a Basic fare and 4 Avios per €1 on all other fare classes.
You need to open a Vueling Club account on the website. Once your flight has been taken, Avios will be added to your account. You can access this account via avios.com and use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move the points to British Airways Executive Club.
Option 2: Earn Avios via BA Executive Club if you book via ba.com
Some Vueling flights are codeshares with British Airways. This means that they can be booked via ba.com and your flight will carry a British Airways flight code.
In this case you will earn Avios directly in your British Airways Executive Club account and earn tier points. Fares are likely to be higher than you will find at vueling.com however.
When you book or manage your flights with Vueling, you will be able to add your British Airways Executive Club number. Upon completion of your flights you will automatically be credited the correct Avios.
Option 3: Earn Avios in Iberia Plus
If you book Optima fares on Vueling, you can choose to earn Avios using a traditional miles-based system rather than based on spending.
To do so, you must use an Iberia Plus account number, though you can later transfer your Avios to your British Airways Executive Club account using the free ‘Combine my Avios’ tool.
These are the earning rates:
Vueling flight carrying an Iberia (IB) flight number:
- Economy Flexible – 1 Avios per mile flown (min 500)
- Economy Classic – 0.5 Avios per mile flown (min 250)
- Economy Basic – 0.25 Avios per mile flown (min 125)
…. and on flights with a Vueling (VY) flight number:
- Economy Flexible – 1 Avios per mile flown (min 500)
- Optima Class – 0.5 Avios per mile flown (min 250)
- Basic Class – 0.25 Avios per mile flown (min 125)
Depending on your flight length and ticket cost, it may make more sense to use the Iberia Plus earning rates rather than the revenue-based system that Vueling normally offers. Unfortunately, you need to do the maths for every flight to find out which would earn you more, as there is no easy blanket statement for which will earn you more Avios.
Do I earn British Airways tier points when flying Vueling?
Despite belonging to the same group of companies as British Airways, you will not earn any British Airways tier points flying Vueling.
This is because Vueling is not a member of the oneworld airline alliance. The same situation applies to Aer Lingus and LEVEL, both of which are also sister airlines of British Airways.
(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works. You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )
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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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 good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.