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Flybe flights now available for Avios redemption on ba.com

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Since last Friday, selected Flybe flights have become available for redemption on ba.com.

This is the final part of the process which began with the announcement in October that Flybe would be scrapping its own rewards scheme and issuing Avios points instead.

There isn’t, as yet, a full list of which Flybe routes will be available.  The only ‘fact’ I was told is that no London City routes would be included – but it turns out that they are.

Flybe London City

Flybe redemptions are not included in Reward Flight Saver.  This means that your taxes will not be capped at £35 and the redemptions may look poor value compared to a cash ticket.

There is a decent amount of redemption space available.  On 8th July, for example, the three flights from Aberdeen to London City are offering 8, 8 and 4 seats respectively.

In this example, the cost is 4500 Avios + £31.  Looking at flybe.com, the cash cost for the three services that day is £50.  You are saving £18 for using 4500 Avios, a truly terrible redemption rate.

Because Flybe seats don’t tend to cost a huge amount, I think you will always struggle here.  If you fly in just eight days time, a single ticket on this route is just £59.99 and, whilst Avios seats are there, you are still only saving £28 for your 4500 points.

(EDIT:  Perhaps I am wrong!  The comments below show a Flybe segment for €360 which was available for 4,500 Avios, as well as other examples.  Flybe redemptions may turn out to be more valuable than we think.)

What about Flybe redemptions via avios.com?

This is the odd thing.  You have ALWAYS been able to redeem some Flybe flights via avios.com.  It is one of four airlines – along with Aurigny (Channel Islands), Air Malta and Monarch – where avios.com lets you redeem but which are not available on ba.com.

I have not yet got to grips with the different availability on Flybe between avios.com and ba.com.

On 8th July, for example, avios.com is showing 9+ seats on a flight from Aberdeen to London City where ba.com only shows four.  ba.com shows three options via Birmingham whilst avios.com only offers one.

On February 10th, avios.com shows no seats between Aberdeen and London City whilst ba.com is offering them.

The only advice I can give at the moment is that, if you’re interested in redeeming for a Flybe flight, you should check availability on both avios.com and ba.com – and then on flybe.com to make sure you are not being legged over!

The Flybe route map is here if you want to look at possible options.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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

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Comments (22)

  • Gill says:

    Is there a reason why you can book redemption seats but not cash ones with Flybe?

    • Rob says:

      You get this occasionally if the airline or hotel allocates certain capacity to certain segments. I have booked hotels via Expedia in the past when the hotel claimed to be sold out, because Expedia had a set number of rooms per day guaranteed to them.

  • jack the hobo says:

    its quite possible that if flybe and BA’s systems dont interact, u can book INV-LCY, LHR-HKG. and not even take the first leg, and not have the second leg cancelled. can anyone confirm or deny this?

    • Polly says:

      Jack, wouldn’t risk not taking that first leg! we have been discussing this for months, and you really must always start the ticket from its primary destination, but not necessarily take a final leg back to say INV, if you land at LCY, just ignore the last leg back to INV. If you are returning from HKG, that is. That was the rule anyway with our ex EU flight planning on loads of recent articles raffles covered, and we all chipped in with info too.

    • Rob says:

      They do interact via Amadeus. I see your point – you could print your boarding pass for the Cathay flight and be sitting in the lounge when the Flybe flight departs – but it can still be cancelled.

      Back in the olden days, when ticket reconciliation was done manually, you could do this.

  • Enigma368 says:

    “On 8th July, for example, avios.com is showing 9+ seats on a flight from Aberdeen to London City where ba.com only shows four. ”

    Weirdly I have seen this in the past month or two with BA flights (more seats available on avios.com than BA) . I assumed availability was identical now with the removal of the extra inventory that avios.com used to have, but there still seems to be some weird kinks.

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