Bits: Virgin and Flybe to codeshare; Business Traveller auction; I’m looking for a Dutch HFP writer

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic and Flybe to codeshare to Heathrow

As I covered a couple of weeks ago, Flybe is to launch flights to London Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen in March.  These will use the slots previously given to Virgin Atlantic for its Little Red services.

Virgin Atlantic and Flybe have announced an extension of their codeshare deal to cover these routes.  This will allow customers to book connecting flights under a VS flight number via the Virgin website and to check bags through to their final destination.  Passengers will need to change terminals from 2 to 3, or vice versa.

I am guessing that you will earn 25 Virgin tier points each way for Flybe bookings made under Virgin flight numbers but that has not yet been confirmed online.

You can find more details on the Flybe website here.

Business Traveller auction

Business Traveller charity auction ends today

Our friends at Business Traveller have been running a charity auction over the Christmas and New Year period which ends at lunchtime today.

Here is a list of the lots – note they are priced in US$.  Most are fully priced but a few did seem to be good value, and all of the money goes to a good cause.

I’m looking for a Dutch-speaking HFP writer

One bit of feedback from my recent reader survey was a desire for more Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) coverage on Head for Points.

In my little London bubble it is easy to forget about Flying Blue.  If you live outside the M25, however, taking a KLM flight from your local airport to Amsterdam and then onwards is generally less trouble than connecting in Terminal 5 at Heathrow.

The problem with Flying Blue is that I don’t know much about it.  I am therefore interested in hearing from you if you would like to write the occasional Flying Blue article (no more than one per week) for the site.

These are the criteria:

  • you can read Dutch, since there are deals posted on Dutch-language frequent flyer sites which will otherwise be missed by an English speaking audience.  This is non-negotiable.
  • you have a good understanding of Flying Blue, as I will want a few introductory articles on the good and bad points of the scheme
  • you can use WordPress
  • you think you can write in the HFP ‘house style’
  • you can dig out your own content – I won’t be telling you what to write, you need to tell me what is worth covering.  My plan is that your articles will arrive, unprompted, in our inbox whenever you find something interesting to write about.

The content you produce will need to be from a UK perspective.  I’m not bothered about earning miles from Dutch or French supermarkets, from Dutch or French credit cards or subscribing to Dutch or French newspapers.

I don’t mind if you already have your own blog or write for another one, although if you write for another site in English on Flying Blue it will be a problem.  You don’t need to be living in The Netherlands to apply.

Drop me a line at rob at if you’re interested.  Payment would be per article and at a decent rate.

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  1. I currently live in Amsterdam and am keen to hear of FB earning/shopping opportunities. I read this site every day, thanks Rob. ik spreek geen Nederlands (I do not speak Dutch).

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      That’s about the only sentence of Dutch I learned when I lived there too !

    • Just about to move to Amsterdam so would also love to hear of FB earning and redemption opportunities.

  2. O/T but I have just stopped my virgin money ISA direct debits after making 8 payments so I need to close the ISA to get next years sign up bonus?

  3. For everyone interested in collecting FB miles, there’s an interesting promotion with Avis: 4000 miles for any 3 day rental or more (it’s not as attractive as the famous 18000 Avios) but if you need a car and already collect FB it’s a good way of topping up you FB account.

  4. Hi Rob

    Just dropped you an email with some ideas and Qs about this. Let me know what you think when you have a minute


  5. You cannot earn Flying Blue miles in a “à la Tesco” way in France, and I guess in the NL when buying at supermarkets.

    One reason why Tesco fails in France was that Tesco prices were too much high compared to competitors.
    The UK consummers still pays much more than continental europeans consummers for day-to-day basic products from supermarkets.

    • the real harry1 says:

      might have been ‘more true’ 8 months ago (actually 3 years ago it WAS true) but not now

      so give some current examples of basics where you think your point is valid…

      not including wine or booze

      • Baguettes?

        I certainly find pretty much any European country south or east of Germany to be noticeably (but not anyways significantly) cheaper than the UK. Doesn’t remotely mean we’re being “overcharged” though – different countries have different living costs.

      • I bought today 2 kilos of carrots for 1 euro.

        Do you find any carrots in a UK supermarket for £ 0,46 the kilo?

        I mean I ask because I have always been amazed by London prices in supermarkets.
        But I have not been in one of them for 4 years now, so things may have changed.

        • the real harry1 says:

          sure, that’s a common price these days, there is a fruit & veg war going on

          if you’ve been away for 4 years you won’t have seen the march onwards in terms of gaining mkt share by Aldi/ Lidl

  6. Colin JE says:

    Interesting news about the Virgin/Flybe codeshare, but how does this work in practice when booking? I’ve just tried the Virgin website to see if I could book an EDI-LHR flight in May and it says there are no flights. Had hoped to be able to book Flybe and top up my Virgin tier points to stay Silver if not get to Gold.

  7. Very pleased to see you will be covering Flying Blue – since BA have gone so far downhill I’m using KLM as shorthaul carrier of choice. Plus they serve my local airport. It seems quite easy to get silver status, just 15 flights, can do that with 4 round trips to EU destinations connecting via AMS. And that’s no hassle since the Schipol redevelopment, although it can be hairy on a 50 minute connection when you arrive 30 late … ! However the silver status is more bronze – it doesn’t give lounge access, fast track or priority boarding. (The free seats and hold baggage is worth it for me though). I need to work out whether it’s worth the extra 15 flights or another 4 round trips to get gold, given I have priority pass anyway so can get into a lounge

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