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 (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)