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New Avios routes from Gatwick with Vueling

Vueling, the low-cost sister airline to British Airways (BA) and Iberia, has announced that it will start flying from London Gatwick from the summer of 2022. Normally, I would not tell much about low-cost airlines, but as it opens up some new routes, such as you can earn and burn Avios on, I thought it was worth mentioning.

The Spanish airline plans to operate 12 short-haul routes, five of which are new additions. It will base three of its flights at Gatwick from April.

Vueling will add Granada, La Coruña, Malaga, Menorca and Seville as new routes from Gatwick. It already flies to Gatwick from Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela and Valencia, as well as to Paris Orly, Rome and Florence. BA will also offer flights to Malaga as well as from Gatwick to Menorca and Seville.

Although Vueling is not exactly the epitome of luxury, it was awarded the most punctual European airline – with 92.1% of the flights arriving on time in Cirium’s (travel data and analysis experts) 2021 On-Time Performance Report.

How to make and burn Avios on Vueling

Buying flights on Avios for Vueling flights is generally of little value as it is based on the price of the flight with money in discount instead of distance. The second option is to have an Iberia account and redeem through it at a fixed price based on distance (see more information here). Similarly, you earn Avios based on your fare (unless you buy them from Iberia as a codeshare, where you earn based on the distance flown).

It is also a bit complicated as you need either a Vueling, Aer Lingus or Iberia account. However, once you have earned Avios, you can use Combine my Avios to transfer them to BA if you wish or vice versa. You earn 3 Avios per. € 1 spent on base prices and 4 Avios per. € 1 spent on Optima, Family and Timeflex prices.

Switzerland to ease access restrictions

Grindelwald Valley, Switzerland

When I visited Switzerland in 2021, it was remarkably easy once you got your head on what the rules really were (the Swiss side is not easy to understand). Then Omicron unfortunately hit and it became a bit of a nightmare with constantly changing and unclear rules. Thankfully, that is about to change as it becomes easier to get into than the UK! I plan to book to return to the Montreux area again this year as it was so beautiful, so let’s hope it stays that way.

Aer Lingus continues Manchester-Barbados until winter 22/23

Bottom Bay, Barbados

Another option for using Avios is the Aer Lingus service from Barbados. You should transfer your Avios to an Aer Club account using Combine my Avios and book with Aer Lingus instead of through BA. This is because taxes and fees are much cheaper – starting around £ 160 to the US on business class. Plus some routes are also cheaper on Avios.

Aer Lingus has now confirmed that it will continue its route to Manchester Barbados for the winter of 22/23, after stopping for the summer of 29 April 22.

The non-stop service starts again from November 2 this year and the planes are now on sale on for flights from November 2, 2022 between Barbados and Manchester every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The route is operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which offer both a Business Class cabin with 30 fully reclining seats with 287 seats in economy.

Aer Lingus business class A330

Aer Lingus business class A330

Flight EI031 departs from Manchester at 11:00 and arrives in Barbados at 16.35 local time. The return flights from EI030 from Barbados to Manchester depart at 18.40 local and arrives in Manchester at 7.10 the following morning.

Reid Moody, Aer Lingus’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of our Barbados route from Manchester to the winter of 2022.

“When we launched the route last year, there was great interest in the new non-stop transatlantic service from the North of England to the sandy beaches of Barbados.

As travel arrangements are further relaxed and consumer confidence returns, we look forward to welcoming families and sunbathers to and from the Caribbean with a warm Aer Lingus. “

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