Avios Redemption University – Lesson 16 – How to earn and redeem Avios points on Flybe

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The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them. Click here to see the other articles.

(EDIT:  Following the sale of Flybe to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, it will cease to be an Avios partner on 30th April 2019.)

This article explains how to earn and redeem Avios on Flybe.

It is now over three years since Flybe abandoned its own reward scheme and adopted Avios as its reward currency. A lot of people still do not seem to know that the partnership exists, especially when it comes to redeeming Avios points on Flybe.

Flybe has its own FAQ if you want to know more than I cover in this introductory article.

EARNING AVIOS WITH FLYBE

Whilst this series of articles is primarily about redeeming Avios, I want to quickly run over how to earn Avios when flying on Flybe – because, as usual, it is unnecessarily complicated.

You can only credit a Flybe ticket to avios.com and not to British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus.

Because you can only earn points in avios.com, earning Avios on Flybe is restricted to residents of the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands because those are the restrictions on who can have an avios.com account.  In reality, Irish resident of Aer Club and Spanish residents of Vueling Club should also be able to earn points by quoting their membership number as that is, technically, also an avios.com account.

Children cannot earn Avios via Flybe because avios.com does not allow children to have accounts.

The cheaper ‘Just Fly’ and ‘Get More’ ticket types on Flybe earn 2 per £1 / €1 spent. ‘All In’ flexible tickets earn 4 per £1 / €1.

As well as the base fare, you can also earn Avios on whatever you pay for hold luggage, standard and extra leg room, preassigned seating and Flybe Flex.  However, you will not earn anything on ‘Government charges’, primarily APD.

On routes where Flybe and BA compete at London City, you are likely to earn more Avios taking Flybe given that the cheapest British Airways economy tickets only earn 125 Avios!  You won’t earn tier points on Flybe however.

Flybe and earning Avios

When do I receive my Avios?

Here is an interesting titbit. Unlike every other airline I can think of, you will only receive your points when you have flown your return journey. The outbound points will not be posted after the flight.

If you miss one flight on your itinerary, you will forfeit your Avios points for the entire trip.

There is an impressive catch if your points do not post.  You can only claim missing Avios between 30 and 40 days from when you took the return flight.  Claims made before 30 days, or after 40 days, will be dismissed.

SPENDING AVIOS ON FLYBE

Where I can I fly from with Flybe?

If you live in the UK regions, yes.  You can fly from Durham, Humberside, Gatwick, Newcastle, Southampton, Belfast City, Glasgow, Heathrow, Stornoway, Bristol, East Midlands, Inverness, Leeds Bradford, Southend, Manchester, Anglesey, Doncaster Sheffield, Edinburgh, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Stansted, Norwich, Wick, Exeter, Jersey, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff, Kirkwall and London City.

Flybe flies to over 85 airports across Europe in total.  The full route map is here.

What is the key thing I might not know?

Availability on avios.com and ba.com does NOT match. You should check both sites if looking for a specific flight. Avios.com availability is better.

What else was I never told?

You receive one free 23kg suitcase when booking an Avios redemption on Flybe at avios.com. A standard cash ticket on Flybe does NOT include any luggage. This means that the value of a redemption varies depending on whether or not you would take a suitcase.

If you book at ba.com the booking process states: “Hand baggage only fare. No checked baggage allowance.” However, this is an IT error and you will receive a free suitcase.  If you are nervous about trusting this, book on avios.com where it is clear that a suitcase is included.

How many Avios will I need for a reward flight on Flybe?

The same rules apply as for other partner airlines. Flights under 650 miles per leg will cost 4,500 Avios per leg and flights up to 1,150 miles will cost 7,500 points.

There is no ‘off peak’ pricing available – all dates are priced as peak dates.

Can I redeem Avios points for Flybe flights on ba.com or iberia.com?

Yes at ba.com – although availability is worse.  No, at iberia.com.

Are Avios redemptions worthwhile?

Reward Flight Saver is not available with Flybe so you are looking at a higher ‘taxes and charges’ figure than you would get from British Airways.   On the other hand, flights from regional airports can often be pricey due to the lack of competition.

Let’s look at a couple of typical redemptions.

Birmingham to Paris, Friday 11 – Monday 14 May 2018

All three Flybe flights are available in both directions on avios.com and ba.com.

A ‘Just Fly’ ‘no suitcase’ ticket would be £181.82, picking obvious weekend away flight times. The ‘Get More’ price with luggage would be £238.82.

An Avios redemption is 9,000 Avios plus £54.09 tax.

Without a suitcase, you are getting 1.4p per Avios which is good. With a suitcase you are getting 2.1p which is really good.

East Midlands to Edinburgh, Friday 18 – Monday 21 May 2018

All three outbound and the one inbound flight were available for redemption on avios.com. NO flights were available for these dates on ba.com.

A ‘no suitcase’ return ticket, assuming you fly Friday evening and return Monday evening, would be £112.99. With a suitcase, you would pay £169.99.

An Avios redemption is 9,000 Avios plus £54.09 tax.

Without a suitcase, you are getting 0.65p per Avios which is not great. With a suitcase, you are getting 1.29p. This is quite good.

What conclusions can we draw from this?

There is less value in redeeming your Avios on Flybe if you are a ‘hand baggage only’ traveller although you can get a decent deal as the Birmingham to Paris example shows.

You DO benefit from the option to cancel and get everything back less £35. This may make the Avios option more attractive than a cash ticket if you think your plans may change.

With a suitcase, the Avios option is clearly more attractive.  Whilst I only looked at two examples here, the results are in line with all of our other tests of Flybe pricing over the last three years.

If you want to know more about Flybe’s participation in Avios, their Avios page is here and there is a FAQ here.

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Comments

  1. Can’t anyone regardless of nationality open an Aerclub account and earn via Flybe that way? Entering my Aerclub number worked fine in getting Avios for a Flybe flight, I am an Irish resident anyway but not sure the Aerclub account would block me even if I wasn’t and then once I had that AC number just use it as the avios.com account number for flybe

    • Almost certainly works.

      All a bit pointless anyway as the merger of BAEC onto the Avios platform is now shockingly going to happen after many years delay.

  2. Just redeemed for TXL-BHX. GBP26.40 + 4500 avios. Very happy as cash fare was > GBP 300.
    Wasn’t able to select a seat though. Flybe’s system kicks it out.

    For those worried about the baggage allowance, you can see (under ‘Flybe’) here it is stated that you get one checked bag:
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/checked-baggage-allowances#

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