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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 (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 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

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 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 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.

Comments (54)

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  • Geoff says:

    No sign of my bonus points, made the transfer on 10 February.
    Spoke to Nectar this morning to be told bonus points may take 28 days to arrive from end of promotion (17 May). Does anyone know whether this is right?

    • jjh4yb says:

      I made a similar query and got the same response

  • Luc says:

    Just checking… As I have terrible memory… But I received an “Avios Nectar – Conversion Credit” of 1000 Avios on Jan 25th and an “Avios Nectar Launch Offer” of 500 points on March 11th… That’s correct right, without any extra online spending?

  • Aston100 says:

    I received the 1000 avios followed by a further 500 avios.
    However, I don’t see the double nectar points in the app or website, lump sum or otherwise.
    I definitely spent over £400 within the qualifying period, and can see this on the Sainsburys Card statement.

  • David says:

    Wasn’t there a10000 Nectar points bonus if you spent the £400? Or am I misremembering?

    • Rob says:

      That’s the Sainsbury’s credit card

      • David says:

        Of course. Still, has anyone had these points yet, please?

        • Rob says:

          They posted in a wave, last weekend or the weekend before IIRC, for those who applied on the day we first covered it.

  • Andrew says:

    Hi. Converted 1600 Nectar points to 1000 Avios on 30 Jan. 500 launch offer Avios arrived 11 Mar but no sign yet of the 1000 Avios. BTW is the Nectar Credit Card when linked to Curve Blue a good way to continue collecting Avios now Lloyds are terminating the remnants of their Avios Duo cards ? 10,000 Nectar becomes 6000 Avios as a signup bonus.

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