Double Avios from Flybe in March & 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus returns

Flybe has launched a new Avios promotion for March, offering double points on all flights booked and taken during the month.

As a reminder, these are the standard earning rates with Flybe:

Just Fly – 2 Avios per £1

Get More – 2 Avios per £1

All In – 4 Avios per £1

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This means that you could be earning up to 8 Avios per £1 on your ticket price, excluding the Government taxes element.  If you are flying from London City on one of the routes where Flybe competes with British Airways, you may be better off with the former!

Note that, in theory, flights must be BOOKED and flown during March.  You may or may not receive double Avios on existing bookings.

Full details can be found on the Flybe website here.

My understanding is that the problems that Flybe had with the non-posting of Avios points are now resolved.  Some flyers actually did OK out of the confusion, receiving both Rewards4All points (the old Flybe loyalty scheme) and Avios for the same flight!

I was told that a compensation bonus would also be paid to the people impacted.  From my discussions with the company I believe that they are keen to keep everyone happy, although I accept that this did not come across from the tone of the emails they sent out!

Double Avios is not a bad deal if you have a flight planned for March.  Once the cuts to Avios earning on British Airways short-haul flights begin on April 28th, Flybe flights will be more lucrative than BA for many people.

50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus back until Thursday

If you missed the 3-day Avios sale via British Airways Executive Club last week, you haven’t missed out.

avios.com is having its own 3-day sale this week with a 50% bonus on every purchase.  The link to buy is here.

I discussed the pros and cons of buying at this price in my article on the ba.com sale last week.

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Comments

  1. Adam W says:

    So happy to hear about the 50% promo being back! Kicked myself for not taking advantage last time!!!

  2. Adrian D says:

    I’m guessing you can still buy these even if you took advanatage of the BA offer?

  3. Flybe are ludicrously overpriced when booked at short notice, and don’t even reflect a full plane, so for instance 10 days notice, booking a Friday to Sunday return, can easily cost 300 odd euros. And you see 17 people get on the plane, mainly because it was so overpriced in the first place.

    So booking AND flying in March tends to mean these sort of tickets. And avoiding those sort of 20% discounted tickets they quietly announced late last month, because that’s expired.

    So as a frequent flyer on one of their routes, this is absolutely and totally useless to me.

    Booked in March, flown in April? Would have been good.

    • The_Real_A says:

      ..but you still paid the price and went with them. So for them the price was OK. Demand and Supply :)

      • They are the only ones who fly that route, from Birmingham, a route previously in the area of BA…

  4. re: 50% buy avios I only have a BAEC account. do i need to create an avios account, buy the avios then do a “combine avios” to BAEC? how long does that take to transfer?

  5. I’m still having problems getting Avios from FlyBe for the flights Ive already done. Every one of 6 I have had to email them about, paid 3 so far with more to deal with. It appears that the Avios number you file in the ‘my account’ page of their website doesnt automatically pick up you flew with them.

    Hopeless.

  6. any sign of a tesco or amex bonus coming along? I am on the verge of cashing both pots in for avios before the devaluation but wondered if anyone knew of any conversion bonus (unlikely i know!)

  7. Rob,
    If you do another article combining various bits and pieces soon maybe it is also worth mentioning that till 15th March avios portal is giving 6 avios per £ at Debenhams, Argos, HoF (50% bonus) and 8 avios per £ at M&S (100% bonus). Debenhams also has giftcards with tesco so a £100 gift voucer can potentially give 1320 avios + CC spend points (not to mention a free coffee and make up appointment I believe if you purchase a single 100 GBP voucher..though I have never used it myself) . Can be interesting for those who have plans to buy something online in near future.

  8. John from Aberdeen says:

    Just had an email from Flybe, they are pulling their Aberdeen to Leeds Bradford route in March, I had a flight booked in Sept. Another disappointment for Abz travellers – another route pulled. As this route served oil industry and Eastern also fly this route perhaps not a huge surprise. Offered me a Manchester alternative, no thanks, managed to get an Eastern Airlines flight ABZ LBA rt. for £84 on same dates/similar times. Also had another email yesterday from Flybe advising they had cocked up on crediting me avios for previous flights, they hadn’t, but I get an extra 500 points thank you very much. I remain a Flybe fan (at the moment). I notice they have set up a base in Cardiff so are probably relocating aircraft etc as part of this expansion.

    Unconnected, just had a letter from mbna re my Diamond Club MasterCard. They are reducing 2 miles for every £1 spend benefit to 1.25 miles per £1 With effect 31 March. Another step towards Avios devaluation. Harder to earn, harder to spend…. Looks like my Diamond club card will be going…

    The ups and downs of being a points collector/traveller !

    • Let me know what MasterCard deal you find that is better than 1.25 per £1 ….!

      • John from Aberdeen says:

        Rob, after hitting £10k spend requirement on BA Amex card to earn companion voucher, I or SO would then move to spend on the DCMC to earn 2:1 as opposed to 1.5 :1 with Amex. Now it would make sense just to continue to spend on BA Amex at 1.5 rate. Or other cards with spend bonuses I suppose I could retain DCMC only for where Amex not accepted. Would this be best strategy I think ? John

        • I would focus on churning other cards after hitting your BA Amex £10k. Pick up a couple of sign up bonuses and then cancel when your new BA Amex year comes around.

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