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Loganair launches Clan Loganair – is it worth a look?

Loganair, the airline which operates flights to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, primarily from Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh, has launched its own loyalty programme.

The airline is probably best known for its service from Glasgow to Barra, where the plane lands on the beach and the flight times are adjusted to the tide table – see photo below.  Loganair will also be flying from Carlisle Lake District Airport from next month, to Dublin, Belfast City and London Southend.

Clan Loganair launched late last year and looks very straightforward.

You earn the same amount of points for each leg and need a certain amount of points to redeem for a flight to anywhere on the network.

Now, is it worth joining Clan Loganair given that Loganair and BA have a codeshare deal?  Potentially yes.

Whilst many Loganair flights have a British Airways flight code, and earn Avios and tier points, you can only book them if you are connecting to or from a BA service.  Any stand-alone Loganair flight you book cannot be under the BA code and so you cannot earn anything in British Airways Executive Club.

Loganair flight landing on beach at Barra

What do I collect?

You cannot collect Avios with Clan Loganair.  Clan Loganair has its own points currency: Clan Points.

How do I collect points?

As the chart below shows you earn either 250 or 800 points per segment depending on whether you book a Fly/Fly Flex or Fly Flex + rate.

It couldn’t be easier.  All routes earn the same number of points, and all routes cost the same number of points to redeem.  Trips which involves a change of plane count as two flights each way, although flights where the plane makes a stop on the way to pick up or drop off passengers only count as one.

Travel agent bookings do qualify to earn points.  Click to enlarge:

Loganair earn spend chart

You can retro-claim points for any Loganair flights taken since 16th October 2017.

How do I spend points?

You need 4,000 Clan Points for a one way ticket and 8,000 Clan Points for a return ticket to anywhere on the Loganair network.  This means that you need 16 return flights in Fly or Fly Flex or five return flights in Fly Flex+ to earn a reward flight.

On this site you can check availability for redemption flights.  Tick “Redeem Clan Points”.

Taxes and charges are still payable.

How much are my points worth?

There is no easy answer to this.  What I can say is that, because Loganair generally operates niche routes without any direct competition, flights can be expensive.

Whilst redeeming airline miles for economy flights is usually a bad deal as the taxes and charges make up a very high part of the ticket price, this is not always the case here.

Clan Loganair reward points

What happens when I book a Loganair codeshare with BA?

If you book a Loganair flight via ba.com you will not earn Loganair Clan points. You will, however, earn your usual Avios.

These are the current Loganair flights with a BA flight number:

Loganair flights from Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow to the Highlands and Islands

Loganair flights from Glasgow, Inverness and, erm, Norwich to Manchester

It is worth noting that you cannot book these flights on a stand-alone basis with a BA flight number. They need to connect to another British Airways operated or coded flight. If you try to book Edinburgh to Sumburgh on ba.com, it tries to sell you Edinburgh – Heathrow, Heathrow – Aberdeen, Aberdeen – Sumburgh!

You cannot spend Avios on Loganair flights, even the codeshares.

Conclusion

If you don’t use Loganair often and can book your flight on BA, it makes more sense to do so and collect Avios.

However, if you fly Loganair a lot and are able to redeem your points for one of the more pricey routes, it’s worth signing up to Clan Loganair.  The sign-up page is here.

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Comments

  1. Hingeless says:

    I disagree with this statement that keeps being repeated on here.

    “Whilst redeeming airline miles for economy flights is usually a bad deal as the taxes and charges make up a very high part of the ticket price”.

    This is a UK/London issue. Elsewhere in the world it can make perfect sense to use points for Economy. I have just booked a return Sydney to Broome which costs about $1400 AUD, it is 25k Avios + £40 for the 5 hr flight. That works out at 3.2p per point value.

    • Doug M says:

      It’s a UK blog, you can’t expect absolute coverage of regional flights everywhere in the world. INV and JER having no ADP is frequently mentioned. Reader comments often hi-light deals like you’re mentioning. I think the generalised comment regarding economy flights taxes and fees is more than sensible, you can’t reasonably expect that to be qualified every time by any worldwide exceptions to what is a perfectly reasonable statement in the context of UK and BA which are primary focus here.

      • Hingeless says:

        It’s a travel site . . .

        • Mikeact says:

          ‘It’s a travel site….’
          Rubbish, you obviously don’t read it regularly.

        • We generally don’t associate ourselves (personally or professionally) with the travel blogging community, let’s put it that way. We are in the main travel bloggers trade body but only because companies who really want us but don’t know it yet find their way there ….

      • Doug M says:

        You say tomato…….

  2. DerekH says:

    Just returned from a 2 day trip to Barra on Loganair Otter. Wonderful little plane, if a bit cramped. No cockpit door so can see landing/takeoff from a different perspective. The beach landing is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip, just so strange. Nice little cafe at the terminal to wait for or watch the planes. Luggage picked up from a bus shelter like building. Did cost 3 times as much to fly to Barra as it did from Gatwick to Glasgow but well worth it. One more thing ticked off my bucket list.

    • Lady London says:

      I flew on a little plane like that in New Zealand and it scared me witless.

      • DerekH says:

        It was fine until we started to descend through the clouds then it got a bit scary. I concentrated on watching our lady pilot dealing with the controls. She was pretty cool and confident.

  3. Article on LoganAir & FlyBE competition…
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15953159.ANALYSIS__Battle_for_Scottish_skies_is_at_odds_with_the_view_outside_the_window/

    ps Hingeless, Rob did qualify his statement, other than BA RFS or INV, JER or NQY departures it USUALLY is a bad deal to redeem in Economy for most UK based travellers. I learnt that the hard way as a noob when I first started redeeming my miles for Y flights to Florida on VS, compared to PE or UC I now see it as a total waste of miles..

  4. It is worth noting that Loganair also fly from Dundee to London Stansted daily except Saturday.

  5. They also fly to London Southend to Carlisle.

  6. Obviously will never happen, but I wish Loganair would go back to being a British Airways franchisee, or at the very least standalone flights were offered as BA codeshares.

  7. Andre says:

    Worth noting, booking directly via LoganAir is cheaper, at least it was for some flights I booked in June than using the BA website…. so the extra Avios is not worth the delta in price…

  8. Thehebridean says:

    Loganair are a great airline and have a lovely new livery (and one with a touching tribute serving Barra), why are you showing one with Flybe colours – especially since relations between the two are not the best re. Eastern tie-up/competition fiasco!?

    • We wanted a Barra picture.

      • Thehebridean says:

        Fair do’s – not sure of copyright etc. But google showing one on beach in tartan Spirit of Eilidh, a few in Saltire too (operated by Loganair for Scottish govt.). Just mention as Loganair have undertaken a massive campaign to establish themselves as a stand-alone and stop people trying to go to flybe.com to book their flights etc.

      • DerekH says:

        I’ll post one in a minute Rob

  9. DerekH says:

    Not sure how to do this. Can any enlightened souls out there tell me how to add a picture to my comment?

  10. DerekH says:

    Thanks for putting the picture up Rob.

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