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I just came back from an extended trip to Europe (I completed the 810km Camino de Santiago).
I made a number of internal flights with Iberia and Vueling. Despite scathing reviews about Vueling on various forums, I found them to be as good as Iberia (or better)and a third of the price. My only problem with them was that I couldn't seem to transfer my points to Iberia Plus despite being able to do so according to the Vueling and Iberia websites. I'll post again when I get it resolved.

When I flew with Iberia I was given PRIORITY status because I am a Qantas SILVER frequent flyer (just dropped down from Gold as I am semi-retired now). This gave me priority checkin, boarding and baggage but no lounge access. In the past other Oneworld airlines only gave me priority status for QFF Gold. While I am still Qantas Silver I will be trying to book my international flights on Iberia in the future.
 

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Love to hear more about the Camino. Trip Report? :)
 
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Welcome aboard paulobrien56, good to have you along. A TR would be a good second post :)
 
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I just came back from an extended trip to Europe (I completed the 810km Camino de Santiago).
I made a number of internal flights with Iberia and Vueling. Despite scathing reviews about Vueling on various forums, I found them to be as good as Iberia (or better)and a third of the price. My only problem with them was that I couldn't seem to transfer my points to Iberia Plus despite being able to do so according to the Vueling and Iberia websites. I'll post again when I get it resolved.

When I flew with Iberia I was given PRIORITY status because I am a Qantas SILVER frequent flyer (just dropped down from Gold as I am semi-retired now). This gave me priority checkin, boarding and baggage but no lounge access. In the past other Oneworld airlines only gave me priority status for QFF Gold. While I am still Qantas Silver I will be trying to book my international flights on Iberia in the future.

Vueling is a great low cost airline for national flights. Iberia has now Iberia Express, which is the cheaper alternative to Iberia, they're quite good too. Whatever you do... stay away from Ryanair!!!
 

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Vueling and LHs LCC Eurowings are pretty similar to Jetstar ime

Also told Jet2 is decent
 

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But no lounge access on Vueling as a very obnoxious group of lounge dragons told me with great delight at Gatwick a few years ago.

I had bought the ticket through BA and it was a code share with both flight numbers printed on the boarding pass.

I have flown jetstar and had lounge access.
 

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Welcome!

Vueling is a great low cost airline for national flights. Iberia has now Iberia Express, which is the cheaper alternative to Iberia, they're quite good too.

I recently booked some internal EU flights that I found quite good value compared to Australia, though of course, service onboard will differ!

Needed to fly LHR-AGP and the BA website would only show me direct on BA for ~£500 in Business. Looking on the Iberia website though, I was able to see LHR-MAD-AGP on an Iberia (actually BA codeshare) and Iberia (Air Nostrum) combo for ~£207 in Economy or a ~€233 in Business steal! From what I've read, I should earn and get lounge access on both flights, so I was happy to find the flights at what is perhaps a mistake.

I probably shouldn't be looking forward to it, as I'm sure I'll be disappointed onboard, but the SC are really what I'm after.
 

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Not suggesting Aer Lingus is a budget carrier but my recent experience was a ticket purchased for my daughter AMS-DUB for 72Euro, about AUD$100. Same carrier (and others) LON-DUB were double this cost, which makes me think origin and destination combinations have a lot to do with pricing.
 
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