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Vueling launches three new Spanish routes from London Gatwick

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Vueling, the low cost short-haul carrier within the IAG group, and a sister airline of British Airways, continues to expand at London Gatwick. This is due to the airline taking over a number of take off and landing slots from BA.

For the Winter season, Vueling is adding:

  • Gatwick to Gran Canaria / Las Palmas (launches 7th December, two flights per week)
  • Gatwick to Lanzarote (launches 8th December, two flights per week)
  • Gatwick to Tenerife South (launches 6th December, three flights per week)
New Vueling routes from London Gatwick

Other regular routes from Gatwick this Winter include:

  • A Coruña
  • Asturias
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • Florence
  • Granada
  • Mahon
  • Malaga
  • Paris Orly
  • Rome Fiumcino
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Valencia

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. The former also lets you pay for 100% of the cost of your flight with Avios, including the taxes and charges.

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, on the Vueling website here.

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 (45)

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  • Joshua Critchley says:

    Vueling is not great – no back up or help if anything goes wrong. on your own when it goes tots up and they ignore uk261 too.
    You get what you pay for.
    One to avoid if at all possible
    No lounges either.

    • Richie says:

      VY did a short notice cancellation at the gate for my flight LGW-BCN, wasn’t good, it was a high density A321 super sardine operated flight as well. I re-routed using their app and arrived about 7 hours later. I did get €250 261 compensation because I persisted.

      • ChrisBCN says:

        You know they have more legroom than BA in the front rows, right?

        • Richie says:

          Yes, I was in row 3 on my A320 VY flight last Friday, was ok.

        • lumma says:

          I don’t know why, but both vueling and wizzair leave me feeling crippled after a flight. BA, easyJet and Ryanair, no problem at all.

          • Erico1875 says:

            True. I did BCN to NCL a few years back. I’m 5.7. felt really cramped

    • marcw says:

      Surprisingly, my last EC261 claim was very fast and quick. Compo was paid pretty quick (less than 2 weeks from flight). Now, hotel + meals, I think they are working on it, but I don’t know for certain.
      Anyway, best way is to contact them via Twitter.

      • JC says:

        Twitter. Really useful when aged parents are travelling and who aren’t tech savvy.
        As ever airlines and some assume every passenger is a tech savvy millennial.
        They aren’t.

        • Callum says:

          They don’t assume that…

          People contact them via Twitter so they respond to them when they do, it’s hardly a strategised plan to shift their customer service to being solely Twitter based.

  • Clive says:

    Looking for some advice. I took out the AMEX PLT recently and have just hit a problem with a booking which I had previously made where the airline has cancelled my flight and I am now forced to overnight in Singapore to catch a flight the next day. I am trying to get the airline to cover the hotel and transport expenses but don’t hold too much hope for this.

    I had paid on my AMEX BONVOY for the flights and wonder if I will be covered under the PLT Insurance Travel Inconvenience section?

    • Chas says:

      You should be, as the references in the T&Cs to costs being paid for on the card are usually to “the card account” (not just “the card”) meaning any other personal card you hold in your name.

  • Erico1875 says:

    Having (re)read the related article on redeeming Avios on Vueling, I need to disagree. Based on compared to BA Often taking off what you would normally pay for a RFS, I’ve seen plenty OPTIMA fares sub £100 RTN so even based on a 0.5p per Avios. 100 minus 35 is 65 so 13K Avios RTN.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Actually, just taking the basic option IE about as low as £40 RTN adding 2nd bag 10kg ,priority boarding (same as we do regularly for short Ryanair breaks) and seat selection you could be as low as £80 RTN so 80 – 35 = 55 so sub 11K Avios

  • Gordon says:

    Typical, I have the Emirate’s offer on my Amex business gold but don’t need it….

  • Han says:

    I am currently at Barcelona airport, booked the flight to Gatwick a while ago via BA and the flight is operated by Veuling. Which means no free lounge access despite Silver BA. I am glad however I paid the €39 fee as it’s now showing a 3 hour delay.

    I’ll look more carefully in future, if I wanted to travel on a budget airline that’s what I’d book (and it would have been significantly cheaper!)

    • ChrisBCN says:

      You would have saved a fortune booking direct rather than through BA!

  • B Brooks says:

    Got very excited and attempted a booze order for home delivery…. You can’t get delivery on Booze unfortunately.

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