I was chatting with the Avios team about Flybe redemptions and a couple of things came up which were news to me and so may also be news to you.
I don’t think any of it was meant to be secret but there had been no real effort to communicate it widely.
Here’s the first thing: there are now Avios seats made available on ALL Flybe flights. This mirrors the guaranteed availability offered by British Airways in Economy on its own services.
Secondly, there is no longer any difference in availability between what it shown on avios.com and what is shown on ba.com. This was not always the case in the past.
Thirdly, to clarify what we wrote last week, ba.com will tell you that you do not get a checked baggage allowance on a Flybe redemption. This is not true – even though your e-ticket will also tell you that you do not get a free suitcase. At the airport it should be visible to the check-in staff that you do actually have a 1 x 23kg baggage allowance. The call centre staff have been reminded of this anomaly and should no longer be giving incorrect advice to anyone who calls to enquire.
Flybe redemptions are not always good value because of the taxes and charges, but their pricing can be high on some of the niche routes and – adding in the free suitcase – it may work out OK.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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