‘Part Pay With Avios’ now available on Flybe – at a poor rate

Flybe is, impressively, now the largest regional airline in Europe.  It now operates from 40 UK airports and is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton.

Back in 2014, Flybe abandoned its own reward scheme and adopted Avios as its reward currency.  A lot of people still do not seem to know that this feature exists, especially when it comes to redeeming Avios points on Flybe.

Earning Avios on Flybe cash tickets can be surprisingly good these days compared to taking a British Airways Euro Traveller flight.  On routes where Flybe and BA compete at London City, you are likely to earn more Avios taking Flybe!

The cheaper ‘Just Fly’ and ‘Get More’ ticket types on Flybe earn 2 per £1 / €1 spent.  ‘All In’ flexible tickets earn 4 per £1 / €1.  As well as the base fare, you can also earn Avios on whatever you pay for hold luggage, standard and extra leg room, preassigned seating and Flybe Flex.  However, you will not earn anything on ‘Government charges’, primarily APD.

There are a couple of oddities to earning Avios on Flybe cash tickets:

You will only receive your points when you have flown your return journey.  The outbound points will not be posted after the flight.  If you miss one flight on your itinerary, you will forfeit your Avios points for the entire trip.

You can only credit a Flybe flight to avios.com.  This means that earning Avios on Flybe is restricted to residents of the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands because those are the restrictions on who can have an avios.com account.  You also need to be over 18 to earn Avios from a Flybe flight.

The only exception is if you have booked a British Airways codeshare with Flybe under a BA flight number.  You can credit such flights to British Airways Executive Club.

Flybe and earning Avios

NEW – Use your Avios to part-pay for Flybe flights

Flybe announced yesterday that it is now offering ‘part-pay with Avios’ on its flights.

Full details can be found on this page of the Flybe website.

Whilst I always welcome additional opportunities to use Avios points, it is difficult to get excited about this option. 

The minimum redemption is 1,500 Avios which will get you £7.50 off your ticket.  The maximum redemption is 4,500 Avios which will save you £22.50.  That works out at 0.5p per Avios point which is about as poor as you can get.

These redemptions can only be made from an avios.com account and not a ba.com account.  You can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points across to avios.com in order to do this.

There are three upsides as far as I can see:

The cap of 4,500 Avios is per LEG.  This means that you can actually use up to 9,000 Avios on a return flight, saving up to £45.  (A connecting flight only counts as one leg, so A-to-B-to-C is one leg although A-to-B-to-A is two legs.)

You can use Avios against the full cost of the ticket if it is cheap enough, albeit not for ancillary purchases such as car hire or travel insurance

You will continue to earn Avios back on your ticket, even if it was bought using ‘part-pay with Avios’

If you want to check out where you can fly to using Flybe, the full route map is here.  They even fly to Barra in the Outer Hebrides where the planes land on the beach – this is one of those trips that I keep intending to do just to be able to share the experience on HFP but I never get around to it.  Maybe next year …..

If you want to learn more about SPENDING your Avios points on Flybe, you should read this ‘Avios Redemption University’ article here.

You can read more about ‘part-pay with Avios’ on the Flybe site here.

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Comments

  1. David Quinn says:

    Hi rob,

    You should definitely do the Barra flight, not only for the beach landing and take off, but also if you take the Barra to Stornoway flight on a decent day, it will give you a lowish level scenic journey up the Outer Hebrides which is pretty much unbeatable.

    • RussellH says:

      Barra is definitely worth a couple of days visit anyway, though you do have to pick your days! I lived there for a year and in Winter it was not that unusual for the plane not to make it. Even watching it land on the Traigh Mhor was impressive, though.

      No shelter if it is raining either – the ‘terminal’ is about the size of a phone box. Though if you are lucky, and have ordered a taxi, the driver may come to the foot of the steps.

  2. I’ve never done the Barra thing, but I’ll wager the sea-plane approach into Rangali I did earlier in the year beats it.

  3. VA clubcard auto convert points are in, no bonus this time though!

    • virgin Red app is saying 10% bonus on first time conversion, and 1000 miles when you turn on auto convert, both between 1October and 13 November. States auto convert bonus is one time only, but I am sure many will agree this is not the case 🙂

  4. Scottydogg says:

    I live on the Isle of Man and Flybe flight to a few routes from here but are really bad at keeping to time and always cancel flights . They are known locally as FlyMaybe and I try and avoid them as best I can

    • I flew Flybe once a few years ago – never again! I carefully packed my hand baggage to the weight limit, and I had a ‘standard cabin bag size case’. At check in I was asked to put it in their measuring frame, which of course it didn’t fit, so it was taken off me. When I checked later, the dimensions were hidden away in small print on another page of their website (maybe changed now).

      We waited for our delayed flight, which was eventually cancelled. They transferred us to another flight, boarded and pushed back… and waited… and waited… eventaully we moved back onto the stand for theme to rectify a problem. More delay. I can’t remember how late we finally left, but I vowed never to use Flybe again – and haven’t.

  5. …yes, when I saw flybe on here, I thought I must post. Flybe is ok as an airline, but the reward scheme is pointless, utterly pointless. I have taken numerous flights and pretty much all the points have never posted. You just know when you use their website, if this is the amateur image they want to portray, then the reason no one gets points is probably because Susan keeps forgetting to add them to the MS Excel spreadsheet. Which reminds me, anyone got thoughts on what I should do with my 672 miles?

  6. 2 questions:

    1. Why is it always part-pay and not ‘full-pay’ with Avios?

    2. Why can’t BA introduce part-pay for the YQ or RFS on redemption tickets? After all, revenue is revenue.

    • 1. Reward seats are “full pay with avios”.

      2. Because that would cost them a lot of money? Revenue isn’t revenue when you’re swapping a low value reward currency into cash!

  7. OK, so it seems that you probably won;t get any miles for flights taken with Flybe but for collectors of small amounts of Avios the part pay option can be quite good. After all, its probably better to get 0.5p per point than to let them expire and get nothing. I accept the point that people on this blog probably aren’t minor collectors of points and so this probably isn’t a good option for them but there are plenty of people about where this might be a reasonable way to use up a balance.

    I have only recently started looking at this blog and only recently started being a bit more active in my collecting as I have a specific target in mind but if I don’t reach my target or can’t get any reward seats for the flights I want I can at least use the miles to offset some payments on other flights in the future.

    • Agreed, especially if you live in the regions. However, if you are only getting 0.5p per Avios then you should think very carefully before using a BA Amex or converting Tesco vouchers, for example, because you are almost certainly getting a bad deal.

      If your Avios come via work flying then any value you get is a bonus.

  8. Thanks to the heads up on here I checked my recent flybe flights and none have credited. This is despite it working fine since linking my accounts last year, 1 is 3 weeks beyond the 30 days but 1 is 3 days beyond. In the first case I got a too late notice but the other I got a ‘wait 30 days notice’ but its 33 days now so rang customer service and asked why they never credit and why I cannot add them myself. I was told to e-mail tech support and include the now expired one if I tried to add it in time but couldn’t. I’ll see what response I get,

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