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You can take a 23kg suitcase on Flybe when you book via an Avios redemption

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In Lesson 15 of our Avios Redemption University series we discussed Avios redemptions on Flybe.

What’s interesting is that a standard cash ticket bought on Flybe does not include checked luggage whereas an Avios redemption via does. 

23kg suitcase on Flybe with Avios redemption via

Flybe tickets booked via should also come with a free suitcase although you are told otherwise during the booking process – for safety book on

According to the website this can be a suitcase up to 20kg.  It turns out that this was changed to 23kg in May 2017 and, last week, the website was finally updated to reflect this.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (90)

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  • mkcol says:

    OT: I’ve just realised that 97,500 IHG points have been taken from my Rewards Club account.
    Someone has hacked in (I believe) & ordered £125 worth of Argos vouchers.

    Yes I do have AwardWallet & yes I think I got a notification of the points balance dropping, but I’d happened at the same time to have been looking at a variety of possible redemptions and genuinely thought I’d booked something when I saw the notification.
    Today I went onto the IHG app & then website to see exactly what has gone on. Under account activity all it listed was the value of points going out, but didn’t say what for which raised my concern further.
    I’ve been in touch with IHG via Twitter as am at work & can’t make personal calls. They’ve frozen my old account, set up a new account & we’ve taken other steps to create a firebreak.
    I’m now waiting contact from their fraud department to find out what’s happened & most importantly to me if I’ll get the points back.

    So my lesson from this to pass on is to always check your actual account when you get an AwardWallet notification, just to triple check everything is as it should be.

    • Harj says:

      My IHG rewards club account was hacked last week, was meant to post on here.

      I got an email saying my account details had been changed. The problem is they only ask for a 4 digit PIN as a password to log in – not secure at all.

      Luckily got the points re-instated, but had to call twice.

  • Michael says:

    OT: What what the last day to transfer Tesco points to Virgin for the 20% transfer bonus?

  • Scott says:

    Just downgraded from Plat to gold and almost spend 2k. The tracker is still showing I will earn the sign up bonus. This a mistake I presume? Thanks

    • Tom1 says:

      Would be nice if did.

      Out of curiosity, why did you downgrade instead of just cancelling?

      • Scott says:

        Well yes, technically I cancelled plat and then re applied for gold. Wanted a card to keep MR account open.

  • marcw says:

    For a Hilton stay last May (booked early March last year), I received the Avios beginning of January 2018…

  • Jimmy says:


    Virgin Trains East Coast – if travelling with an under-5yr old child, I understand they go free (albeit without a seat reservation) however, do they get the free food onboard?


  • HappyHarry says:

    On the BE luggage allowances:

    If you redeem on and your flight is BE or BA coded, then you get 23kg for free
    If you redeem on and your flight is BA coded, you get 23kg for free
    If you redeem on and your flight is BE coded, you get NO CHECKED ALLOWANCE

    This caught be out recently but ti be fair to BA it is very clearly stated on their website…

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