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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 expands sharply at London Gatwick

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:

  • Granada
  • La Coruna
  • Malaga
  • Menorca
  • Seville

The existing seven Vueling routes from London Gatwick will continue, served by aircraft based at other Vueling bases:

  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Paris
  • Pisa
  • Rome
  • Santiago
  • Valencia

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.


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Comments (27)

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  • TimM says:

    It looks like IAG is doing a pincer movement on BA. If they can’t beat their competitors they might as well try to beat themselves.

  • G says:

    Vuelings only role from Gatwick, from my perspective, is to be a feeder flight for Iberia or Level

    • Rob says:

      As it doesn’t fly to Madrid I don’t see much feed going on! LEVEL may get a tiny bit.

    • Russ says:

      There is (or was) a thriving market from hospitality workers who come from Spain, work a week and then return home. Wash, rinse and repeat the next week and so forth. Many work in the hospitality sector.

      • John T says:

        Huh? Hospitality workers commuting from Spain to London each week? How do the economics of that work??

        • Russ says:

          The tickets are dirt cheap and they either get free/subsidized hotel rooms or, share digs with others doing the same thing.

          On HFP we tend to look at aviation rather exclusively as a means to go on holiday, but it’s much much more than that. Flying the other direction are British builders working out in Spain for a week who then come home Friday afternoon.

          • Optimus Prime says:

            There used to be a lot of people working out of Canary Wharf or Bank who flew LCY-MAD over the weekend.

            I remember when I paid £94 for a return trip LCY-MAD in February 2008, leaving on Thursday after work and returning on Monday morning going straight to work.

  • Laurence says:

    Re lounge access, what if 2 are travelling on a BA code share, one is gold. Can they guest the other in the lounge?

  • Concerto says:

    You can collect Avios if you have an Iberia Plus account, can’t you?

  • Bill says:

    Surprised that they omitted Alicante

    • Simon says:

      Same. And the BA summer timetable for Alicante is terrible.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      You’ll be stuck with BA, with both less legroom and worse food in business Vs Vueling….

  • TB says:

    Likelihood of BA Gatwick – Orlando starting again early April as scheduled?
    And what about the BA lounge?

    • Rob says:

      BA lounge should be open from 29th (?) March which the day the new short haul business launches.

  • ChrisBCN says:

    You can also credit Vueling flights to your Iberia Plus account. This earns the same Avios as crediting to Vueling, but you also earn Iberia Elite Points (tier points). Only worth doing if you have enough BA /other flights to credit there to get Iberia status.

  • marcw says:

    In addition to the VY news, one of the Iberia Express unions (USO) say Iberia Express will base 3 planes at LGW operating for BA in a wet-lease agreement during the summer months (April – October). I guess soon we will get more info.

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