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Vueling adds new Avios services from Newcastle and Belfast

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We ran a long article last week on how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling, IAG’s low cost European carrier.

If you live near Newcastle or Belfast, you will soon have an opportunity to try out Vueling on new flights to their base in Barcelona.

Vueling adds new services from Newcastle and Belfast
  • Newcastle to Barcelona will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays between July and October
  • Belfast City to Barcelona will operate on Mondays and Fridays between July and October

You can check pricing and times on the Vueling website here.

Remember that you will need a Vueling Club or Aer Lingus AerClub account (one which starts 3081xxxxxxxxx) if you want to earn Avios. You can transfer these to British Airways Executive Club via the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

30,000 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 £15,000 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.

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

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 sign-up 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 (54)

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  • ChrisC says:

    The pool was removed during a refurbishment (around 2017 or so) and replaced with additional seats and tables.

    • chabuddy geezy says:

      indeed the extra tables we due to Delta elites being granted access.

  • Tim says:

    ‘…will soon have an opportunity to try out Vueling’ ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. What an opportunity. Based in Northumberland, prior to Covid I used NCL and EDI about 60/40. With the removal of the BA lounge at NCL, it will just be more pleasant flying from Edinburgh hands down. Newcastle airport security is great. The airport is great. It’s just the Geordies in general. On the upside, at least they don’t sound like the Scousers. Or even worse, trying to speak to people from Sheffield 🙂

    • Andrew says:

      You choose the Saughton snarl at Edinburgh over the Geordies in Newcastle?

    • Lord Doncaster says:

      You’re not from the North are you Tim?

  • Timothy Firmager says:

    Hi Rob and the team, when you say “qualified to receive double Nectar points on all of their Sainsbury’s spending from the date of the transfer to 19th April. These points have now posted.” How do these post, as a lump on a particular day? I’ve gone through my Nectar history back to the date I did the transfer to BA in Feb and can’t see any double posing of Nectar points in my account

    • ChrisC says:

      Mine appear as follows on 14th April in the activity summary on the app

      British Airways
      Bonus Reward. + (number of points

      Then in the detail

      Shopped date 14th April 2021
      Points added 01 May 2021

      The 14th April was the last day I did any shopping that qualified for the double points .

    • Stuart says:

      I don’t see any extra points in my activity

  • Jonathan says:

    Was the 1000 nectar bonus only available to the main nectar card holder (as a supplementary hard holder I’ve not received anything)?

  • Andrew says:

    The Virgin hot tub was a nice touch, adding a bit of extra decadence – but never used it either. The Finnair lounge in Helsinki has a sauna as part of the shower area which I did use on a morning transfer back from Asia – no swimwear required of course.

    • Bagoly says:

      Don’t tell anyone at AA, or the JV will be amended to make clothing compulsory.
      This happened to the Hotel Kamp, when they were part of Starwood.
      Perhaps that is why they are not part of Marriott?

    • Lord Doncaster says:

      I think the first lounge at LHR T5 can be thought of as a sauna anyway…

  • Robert says:

    “Avios Nectar Launch Offer” for 500 Avios appeared 9 March (credited way back on 11 March)
    “British Airways Bonus Reward” for 117 Nectar appears 13 April (credited 1 May).

    Time to merge some family Nectar accounts

  • Paul says:

    There was a steam room in BAs T4 lounge complex at gate 10 below the Concorde departure gate lounge. They also had full size massage tables.
    The smell of the hot tip must have permeated across most of the lounge as it was not separated.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Remembering your trunks is one thing but what about the wet trunks you then have ahead of a long flight etc?

    • A says:

      They had a spinner drier

      • Alex Sm says:

        Apparently they still have it! See comments above

        • A says:

          Absolutely bizarre it is still there – can’t imagine there’s much cause for it, unless virgin has a large number of flyers who wet themselves

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Hmmm… still expecting a mildest smell from my bag by the time I’ve flown around the world with slightly damp clothing in a plastic bag

        Just had the wonderful thought of seeing clothing hung out to dry over the door of club suites…

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