Flybe

Flybe is a regional airline operating primarily in the United Kingdom. In 2014 it closed its own loyalty scheme and began to issue Avios points when you fly with it. My series of articles on this announcement begin here. You can find out more about earning Avios points with Flybe on their website here.

Bits: Virgin and Flybe to codeshare; Business Traveller auction; I’m looking for a Dutch HFP writer

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe to codeshare to Heathrow As I covered a couple of weeks ago, Flybe is to launch flights to London Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen in March.  These will use the slots previously given to Virgin Atlantic for its Little […]

Heathrow cuts domestic landing charges – but will fares follow?

In a surprisingly low key move, Heathrow Airport reduced the Passenger Service Charge on domestic flights on 1st January. The cut is a sharp one, although at the same time you might be surprised at how high the fees remain: Point-to-point departing domestic passengers are now […]

New routes galore: IAG budget long-haul, Flybe @ Heathrow, KLM @ City, Flybe @ Southend

There has been a glut of new route announcements this week so I thought it was worth putting them together in one place: IAG to launch a budget long haul airline out of Barcelona IAG, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has outlined […]

Flybe to start Avios-earning services to Heathrow in March 2017?

According to reports in The Scotsman, Flybe is about to announce flights to Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen. This is not as crazy as you might think, because the cost to Flybe is limited. We need to go back to the acquisition of bmi British […]

More Avios redemptions going – Flybe in Scotland and Disneyland Paris tickets

There are two stories here, with the tenuous link that both have reduced the options you have for redeeming your Avios points. Flybe and Loganair end franchise deal in Scotland Loganair operates flights to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, primarily from Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (9): Flybe MasterCard

This is my review of the Flybe MasterCard credit card. This article was updated on 18th January 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they […]

‘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 […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 17 – How to earn and redeem Avios points on Flybe

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. This is your beginners guide on how to earn and redeem Avios points on Flybe. It is now […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

This article was updated in January 2017 I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The […]

How much money does Avios make and how many are sold each year?

When IAG published its last set of financial results, it promised to give a presentation to City analysts in early 2016 about how Avios works and – more relevantly – about a change in accounting policy regarding Avios income and liabilities. That presentation took place […]

Bits: Virgin launches Boston and San Francisco from Manchester, Virgin / Flybe codeshares, new Tesco printer ink deal

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to launch two new routes from Manchester In a surprising but welcome move, Virgin Atlantic is to launch new routes to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester. You will need to wait a while before you can fly as these […]

Bits: my worst ever Dynamic Currency Conversion scam, Flybe sale, good Iberia Plus wine offer

Lots of small stories today as I try to clear a backlog after my trip last week.  And speaking of that trip …. The worst example of Dynamic Currency Conversion I have ever seen I was in the Waldorf-Astoria Ras al-Khaimah last week which I […]

Save 25% on Flybe redemptions via avios.com

Flybe, the UK regional airline, is offering a 25% discount on the Avios needed for a redemption this Spring. This looks like a good deal to me in certain scenarios. Here are the headline rules: 25% discount is valid on all Flybe flights available at […]

Bits: Flybe sale, quadruple Heathrow Rewards points on Apple, Priority Pass in Paris

News in brief: Five day Flybe sale launched Flybe has launched a five day ‘Farecracker’ sale which runs until 23rd February.  The fares are valid for travel between 8th March and 21st April. Remember that you will also earn a handful of Avios when you […]

Why your tax money is funding 11 obscure new UK flights (but five will earn Avios!)

Back in the Autumn statement, the Government announced a £7m plan to fund 11 new regional air routes that will start during 2016 The Regional Air Connectivity Fund – which, you would think, is the sort of thing which would have been scrapped rather than […]

Bits: no more 5% Tesco bonus at TopCashback, Flybe Christmas sale, Carlson sale

News in brief: No more 5% uplift on TopCashback transfers to Tesco Clubcard An easy way of accumulating Avios points cheaply is to transfer cashback earned from shopping site TopCashback into Tesco Clubcard points. You can move £50 per year of cashback from TopCashback to […]

Redeem and earn Avios from Doncaster Sheffield Airport from March 2016

Doncaster Sheffield airport (or Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield as it is officially known, or Finningley as I – and presumably anyone over 40 in Yorkshire – still calls it) is joining the Avios map. Flybe has announced that it is opening a new base […]