How to earn and redeem Avios with Vueling
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You may be aware of Spanish-based carrier Vueling. The airline operates from several U.K. airports to a number of destinations in Spain, as well as the additional destinations in France, Italy and Amsterdam. Vueling is owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia.
The airline is a low-cost carrier and not a Oneworld member, though there are some options to earn and redeem Avios when flying with Vueling. Like some other European low-cost carriers, Vueling also has its own loyalty programme.
Earning Avios on Vueling flights
You can earn Avios for Vueling flights booking through its website, though there is a catch in that you cannot normally credit a Vueling flight to your British Airways Executive Club Account (apart for the exception below), you can only credit it to:
- Aer Lingus AerClub account;
- Iberia Plus; or
- Vueling Club account (Vuelings own loyalty programme).
Note that you can then transfer Avios between different airlines accounts such as into British Airways Executive Club — you can read about how to do that here.
Rather than based on the distance you fly, you will earn Avios for Vueling flights based on the cost of the flight at the following rates: 3 Avios per £1 spent on basic fares and 4 Avios per £1 spent on other, more expensive fares.
There is one way to credit to Executive Club. British Airways codeshares on some Vueling flights, meaning it sells some Vueling flights on ba.com with a BA flight number. Providing you book the flight with the BA code rather than the Vueling code on BA.com, you can credit it to your Executive Club account. Note that BA-coded flights may be significantly more expensive than the exact same Vueling-operated flight when sold by Vueling.
Redeeming Avios on Vueling flights
You can use Avios for pay for an entire Vueling flight on Vueling’s own website. In order to do this you will need to have Avios in either a Vueling Club account, or you can log in with your Aer Club account details. If your Avios are in your Executive Club, you’ll need to use the Combine my Avios tool explained here.
Redemptions with Vueling are different to redemptions through Executive Club. For example, because rather than searching for an award seat on Vueling.com, you are simply using your Avios to reduce the cost of a standard revenue seat operated by Vueling.
Unfortunately, the value you’ll receive to reduce the cost of your Vueling flight using Avios isn’t great — it will be a fixed value of around 0.5p per Avios, which is less than half our current value of the currency.
Note that you can also redeem Avios on Vueling flights through Iberia Plus. So if your Avios are already in your Iberia Plus account you won’t have to use Combine my Avios to move them to Vueling Club or Aer Club. The issue with the Iberia Plus method is that your account must have been opened for at least 90 days in order to do this, whereas you can use Avios through Vueling Club immediately. The Iberia Plus award chart applies for Vueling redemptions through Iberia Plus, so you will pay fixed Avios based on the distance of the flight but will also have to pay fees and taxes like you would with an Iberia-operated redemption.
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