Flybe has improved the sign-up bonus on their MasterCard credit card. Unfortunately it still isn’t great, but if you live in the regions you may find some value in it.
The Flybe MasterCard is issued by Sygma Bank. Sygma is part of Creation, who also operate the Marriott Rewards card and numerous retailer and football club credit cards. Creation may not be a familiar name but they are behind many store cards and are owned by a joint venture between French bank BNP Paribas and French store chain Galerie Lafeyette.
The representative APR is 18.9% variable.
The new sign-up bonus is two free return flights on any Flybe route to / from the UK and Ireland, excluding the longer routes to Spain, Portugal and Croatia. This is double the standard offer of one free flight.
Taxes and other charges are still due – this is a key problem, as we will see.
You will receive one free flight voucher when you spend £250 within three months of application and the second when you hit £500, as long as it is within six months.
Taxes are a problem with Flybe
The key reason that I don’t love this card is the high level of taxes and charges added to ‘free’ flights.
As a budget airline, taxes and charges make up a huge percentage of the fare. A random return trip from Birmingham to Paris, for example, was £109 of which £65 was taxes. This is based on a long weekend break from 21st – 24th November. You would therefore only be getting £44 of value from your free flight – and that is assuming that the flight was even available for a reward.
With Avios redemptions, taxes are capped at £35 with Reward Saver. This is not the case with Flybe and is a major problem with their Rewards4all scheme.
It can get even worse!
There is this interesting comment on the Flybe website: “Discounted web fares may occasionally be available at a lower cost (including taxes & charges) than equivalent reward flights“. This means that you may end up being asked for £100 in ‘taxes and charges’ to book your redemption flight, whilst a cash ticket for the same flight is available for £80!
That said, if you live outside London then Flybe may be convenient for you. Arguably even if you only ended up saving £50 per flight after offsetting the taxes required, the sign-up bonus would still have been worth £100 to you. Given that the card is free it is hard to say that this is a terrible deal.
The offer expires on October 7th.
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