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 avios.com
You must book before 17th March
You must fly between 10th March and 6th July
Flights operated by Stobart Air are excluded
Full taxes and charges are payable – Flybe is not in Reward Flight Saver so the number will be higher than the usual £35 in most scenarios
Understanding Avios and Flybe
Flybe now has a slightly confusing position in the Avios universe.
It used to be that you could only book Flybe redemptions via avios.com. In 2014, Flybe ditched its own reward scheme and began to award Avios points instead. As part of this, Flybe availability started to appear on ba.com as well.
Availability between avios.com and ba.com does not match so you should check both. As far as this promotion goes, however, you need to book at avios.com to receive the discount.
If your Avios are in ba.com, you can move them across to an avios.com account using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on either website.
Flybe has a bad reputation for redemptions because of their artificially high taxes. If you are checking bags, however, you will be getting decent value.
The other upside is that Flybe has a huge route map – there are few parts of the UK they do not cover now. You can see it here.
The last time I ran a pricing example on Flybe, this is how it worked out. I picked Birmingham to Stuttgart as a random route. A cash ticket was £120. An Avios ticket was 9,000 Avios plus £59. That is 0.67p per Avios of value which, whilst not great, is not terrible either.
However, an Avios redemption “includes 20kg checked baggage and 10kg hand baggage allowance”. A cash ticket which included a bag would be £168. That is 1.2p per Avios of value which is a very good deal.
Note that, to get a free checked bag, you must book via avios.com (see their Flybe rules here). Flybe bookings made with Avios on ba.com do not receive free checked baggage.
Remember that you need to book on avios.com to get this 25% Avios discount – and free checked baggage. A search on ba.com will show the full price and will leave you paying up for a suitcase at the airport.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.