Vueling expands sharply at London Gatwick, adding five new Spanish routes
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Vueling, a sister airline of British Airways and Iberia inside the IAG stable, has announced a sharp expansion of operations at London Gatwick for Summer 2022.
Whilst not publicly stated, we can assume that this will use some of the spare slots at the airport which British Airways does not require. BA has already leased some Gatwick slots to easyJet on a temporary basis.
Vueling will base three aircraft at Gatwick. This is the first time that Vueling has used Gatwick as a base – all of its previous routes involved aircraft from other bases flying into Gatwick and then returning home.
The new aircraft will be used to launch five new routes, all to Spain:
- La Coruna
The existing seven Vueling routes from London Gatwick will continue, served by aircraft based at other Vueling bases:
The new routes will start from 1st April. Frequencies vary – see vueling.com for details.
Do you get British Airways status benefits on Vueling?
As Vueling is not a member of the oneworld alliance, British Airways Executive Club members do not receive any status benefits on Vueling.
There is one exception when flying from London Gatwick, once Vueling and British Airways are both back in the South Terminal.
If your Vueling flight is a BA codeshare, and you book it via the British Airways website with a BA flight number on your ticket, a British Airways Executive Club Gold member can use the Gatwick lounges. No guests are allowed.
A BA Gold does not get lounge access at Gatwick if they booked on the Vueling or Iberia websites and their Vueling flight ticket does not show a BA flight number.
A BA Silver member does not, in any circumstances, get lounge access at Gatwick when flying Vueling.
Earning and redeeming Avios on Vueling
The options for earning and spending Avios are very confusing even by HfP standards, so heaven knows how members of the public are meant to cope.
To put it simply:
- You earn Avios on Vueling flights based on your ticket price – unless you buy it at iberia.com as a codeshare, in which case you earn based on the distance flown
- You cannot earn Avios in a British Airways Executive Club account. You need a Vueling Club (or Aer Lingus AerClub) account starting 3081, or an Iberia Plus account. Once your points have credited, you can move them into British Airways via ‘Combine My Avios’ which we explain here.
- You can redeem Avios on Vueling purely on a ‘money off’ basis – unless you redeem via Iberia Plus, in which case you pay a fixed amount plus taxes based on the trip distance.
There is a long HfP article which explains in detail how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling. Since that article was published, the earning rate on ‘Basic’ fares has been cut from three to two Avios per €1 spent.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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.
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
30,000 points and unbeatable 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
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.
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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.