Vueling is to replace its Punto loyalty programme with a new Vueling Club, which will use Avios as its currency.

The switch is set to take place next month, although the exact date has yet to be confirmed by the IAG carrier.

Existing Punto members will see their points converted at a rate of nine Avios for every one Punto held.

Once the new programme goes live, members of other Avios currency schemes including the British Airways Executive Club, the Iberia Plus programme and the Avios Travel Rewards Programme, will be able to combine Avios (in either direction) with any held in the Vueling Club, providing the personal details match on both accounts.

Members of Vueling Club will receive a base of three Avios for every Euro spent when purchasing a Basic Fare, or four Avios per Euro spent on Optima and Excellence Fares. Premium members (those taking 40 flights or 20 return trips in a year) will receive double Avios.

Members will also be able to redeem Avios against Vueling flights under the new programme, and interestingly the carrier says it will be the only loyalty club in Europe to allow redemptions covering up to 100 per cent of the total cost of the flight, including taxes can charges.

Vueling also says that “We have agreements with various national and international companies so that you can get Avios by showing your Vueling Club card when using their services or purchasing products”.