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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(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.)

Comments (90)

  • 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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