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Vueling boosts Paris flights and renews three Spanish routes from Cardiff, bookable with Avios

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Vueling, BA’s sister airline, will be flying to Spain from Cardiff again this Summer.

This follows the announcement of 12 Summer Vueling routes from London Gatwick, covered yesterday, which will partially use slots borrowed from British Airways.

Cardiff Airport is, sadly, not slot constrained at the moment and these services will be a good boost.

Vueling announces four Summer routes from Cardiff Wales Airport

Vueling is currently flying from Cardiff to Paris. This will be increased to three flights per week from March, it was announced yesterday.

For the Summer, it will bring back:

  • Malaga – starts 3rd March
  • Alicante – starts 1st February
  • Palma de Mallorca – starts 2nd April

Frequencies start low, usually two per week, before building up in July.

Vueling flights can be booked with Avios.  There are two totally different ways of doing it:

redeem via Vueling Club on a revenue-based basis (eg the points price is the cash cost of the flight divided by a fixed value per Avios) or

redeem via Iberia Plus, using the standard Avios pricing chart which is based on distance

The former does not require reward seats to be available, unlike the latter.

Full details of how to redeem Avios points on Vueling flights can be found in this HfP article.

You can find out more, and book for cash, on the Vueling website here.

Our last review of the 51 Degrees airport lounge at Cardiff Wales Airport is here.


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 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 card

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.

Comments (6)

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  • Russ says:

    As no bits and Cardiff’s still waiting for passengers (!) I’ve just had a prompt on my Marriott card, which I find interesting. May go for it if I’m eligible.

    ‘With a new monthly subscription and limited time offer, now is a great time to discover Platinum. Upgrade to Platinum and enjoy exclusive benefits such as access to over 1,400 airport lounges, comprehensive worldwide travel insurance and hotel upgrades.

    30,000 point welcome bonus

    Monthly subscription of just £48

    Offer ends 28 February 2022. In order to be eligible for the welcome bonus, you must spend £4,000 in the first three months. Terms apply.

    • Tony says:

      That’s just the Amex platinum charge card, surely? £48 x 12 =£576

      • Russ says:

        That’s what I thought but I wouldn’t have expected it to be on my Marriott card which is now my only Amex card.

        30,000 MR is ok for £48 spend if you can put it through in one month.

  • Bob says:

    Are those new routes from Orly or Charles de Gaulle?

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