1,000 free flights from Southend to Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin (with a catch)

You may remember my day out at London Southend Airport last year.

I had decided it was about time I checked out London’s fifth (or sixth, see comments!) airport and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.  It is a fairly quick train ride from Liverpool Street or Stratford, the station is literally next to the terminal, the terminal itself is pleasantly free of passengers and there is even an executive lounge.

If you’ve never flown from it, here is an opportunity.

Flybe is launching flights to Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin on 29th October.  These will be operated by Stobart Air.

The new services to Manchester and Dublin will operate up to three times daily, with Glasgow up to twice daily from Sunday to Friday.  I had a quick look and fares are very reasonable.

Flights can be booked at flybe.com here.  Remember that you will earn Avios on these flights because they are marketed by Flybe.  Full details of how to earn Avios with Flybe can be found here.

You will also be able to spend Avios on these services.

How do I get a free flight?

Flybe / Stobart Air is offering 1,000 free flights across these routes to passengers who currently fly from Heathrow or Gatwick to Manchester, Glasgow or Dublin.

The catch is that you need to have travelled on a flight to any of these destinations which departed 30 minutes late.


What does ’30 minutes late’ mean?

It isn’t fully clear.  The rules, as you will see below, say that your flight must have departed 30 minutes late.

In this case, it is easy to be creative.  Make a claim based on the ‘wheels up’ time rather than the time the plane left the gate.  Pretty much every flight from Heathrow doesn’t get to ‘wheels up’ within 30 minutes of the stated departure time ……

Stobart Air

How do I claim?

Here are the instructions:

“The offer is for passengers whose flights have been delayed 30 mins or more from London Heathrow or London Gatwick flying to either Manchester, Glasgow or Dublin, starting from Monday 14 August 2017.

The first 1000 eligible passengers who contact London Southend Airport will be able to claim a ticket and the offer will run until 30 September 2017. The flights will be from 29 October 2017.

Each qualifying passenger to email a copy of the boarding pass to [email protected] noting the time the flight eventually left.

Successful customers will be sent voucher codes to book the free flights in October.”

Full details are on the Southend Airport website here.  If you want to book a flight for cash for travel from 29th October, you can do so on the Flybe site.

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  1. Quite amusing as the Stobart operation this summer hasn’t had the most impressive reliability record!!

  2. Isn’t Southend London’s sixth airport, not fifth? After LHR, LCY, LGW, STN and LTN – or does Luton not count?

  3. Surely they’ll count ‘departed’ as the registered time (i.e. chocks off)? Which can be verified on flightstats/ba.com/etc.?

    • Yes, I’m pretty sure this would be the recognised (and verifiable) “departure time”.

  4. ‘Wheels up’ sounds an interesting aspect to a delayed flight timing claim, Rob. We’ve all spent time (sometimes ages) taxiing to the point of take-off on the runway which has moved the plane well beyond the planned departure time. I guess it is down to what an airline defines as ‘departure’ – I would have thought it would be on starting moving away from the stand.
    Have you successfully made a claim on wheels up?

  5. Glad to hear about flights to Manchester and Dublin! Could make it very interesting for me when Virgin offers from MAN are good and for ex-EU from DUB!

  6. Think I’ll give this a try.
    Most one ways to Glasgow seem to be under 30 quid.
    Train fare from Liverpool Street is 16 quid by itself though. Can’t seem to find a way to get it any cheaper.

    • £12.50 each way assuming you’re coming back within a month (£25 for a return ticket).

  7. Dave Hammer says:

    What about the excellent friendly staff at the Train Station…lol

  8. When I click on the link to the app on my iPhone it says ITEM NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UK

  9. Shame they’re limiting it to those two airports – my mother-in-law was flying with FR from STN the other week, and her flight was *fanfare* cancelled. Not the airline’s fault, but the service recovery was abysmal. A free BE flight might be a nice way to make up for it.

  10. Roger I* says:

    Also available in London without a catch, well, you have to win. 😉


    Intended for Metro (London) readers. Does anybody actually read Metro? 😀