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Earn 400% bonus Avios with Flybe flights from London City

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The partnership between Flybe and Avios (ie and not British Airways Executive Club) started last Monday.  If you fly on Flybe going forward, you will be able to collect a relatively modest number of Avios points.

I wrote extensively about this new arrangement here and here if you want to know more.  You can find full details on the Flybe website here.

The start of the deal was timed to coincide with the start of the Winter timetable and Flybe’s launch of services from London City Airport.

The airline is flying from London City to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Exeter, Inverness and Amsterdam.  Given the competition from British Airways on most of these routes, it will be interesting to see how they do.

To encourage you to try the London City services, you can earn QUADRUPLE Avios on all Flybe services from London City until the end of the year.  That works out at 16 Avios per £1 spent – albeit you only earn Avios on the base fare and not the taxes and charges component.

Given that fares from City are generally high, you should – with quadruple Avios points – be better off on the Flybe flights than on British Airways.  The difference will not be huge unless you are buying a last minute ticket, however, and of course you do NOT earn British Airways tier points with Flybe.

There is nothing about this promo on the Flybe page describing the Avios arrangement but it is on the Avios website here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (7)

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  • Richie says:

    Not such a good deal for silver/gold, as you would get double avios and lounge access at the other airports with ba.

    • Rob says:

      They only compete directly at City since the Gatwick slots were sold, and BA has no lounge there either!

      The problem with Avios via Flybe is that, earning an average of 150 or so per leg which is what I reckon it will be, it doesn’t actually drive loyalty. I doubt people would switch to Flybe purely for such a pitiful amount. Flybe has a big cost (with Rewards4All it was not spending any real money apart from admin) and I am not sure there will be any benefit.

      • RICO says:

        WIth Rewards for All, Flybe lost the revenue on seats it gave as rewards.

        With Avios the points issued will have cost but any rewards booked will be revenue generating as Avios pay for the tickets.

        What will be interesting is how many points earned on BA/Tesco etc. will get redeemed on Flybe being incremental revenue vs. how many points earned on Flybe will be spent with BA/Avis etc. which will be incremental cost.

        • Rob says:

          They didn’t lose much revenue, because you still had to pay their fuel surcharges on your redemption. Rewards4All seats were also not easy to come by so I am pretty sure they were being 100% certain a flight would not sell out before releasing them.

      • Richie says:

        I meant the destination airport

  • ECR says:

    It is slightly better than the rewards4all scheme where you could end up paying more than cash fare by redeeming. Flybe’s fares do seem to be often in my experience be made up of just tax and charges or a very small base fare, so it could amount to 4 times zero Avios!

    I wish they would franchise all their routes with Finnair (or BA) so you could earn towards one world status and frequent flyer points. That would encourage me to use them more even if more expensive. At the moment, I’ll only consider them if they are cheaper than the alternatives, and a few avios isn’t going to change that.

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