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 at the airport, creating 60 jobs.
Flights will start in late March and are already available for sale. It will serve the following routes:
Flybe uses Avios as its reward currency and you will earn a handful of points when you fly with them on a cash fare.
You can also redeem Avios points for Flybe flights. There are three important things to remember if you do:
Flybe shows different availability between ba.com and avios.com. This is because it has a different commercial arrangement with each site. I keep expecting it to align but there are no reports of it so far. You should check both sites if looking for a redemption.
Flybe is not part of Reward Flight Saver. You will pay the full ‘taxes and surcharges’ for your flight. These can be high so do the maths to make sure that you are getting an acceptable return for your Avios.
Don’t forget that – when booking on avios.com but NOT when booking on ba.com – Avios redemption seats include a 20kg checked baggage and 10kg hand baggage allowance. If you will be checking in a suitcase, don’t forget to add in Flybe’s standard luggage charges when comparing the cost of a cash ticket to the cost of an Avios redemption. When I have run tests in the past, redemptions begin to look much better value for people who need to take luggage.
More information can be found on the Flybe website. The Yorkshire Post take on the story is here. For HFP readers living in Sheffield and other places south of Doncaster, the new motorway link road – due to open in early 2016 before the Flybe services begin – will mean significant improvements in travel time to the airport.