It is now four years since Flybe abandoned its own reward scheme and adopted Avios as its reward currency.
Flybe recently hired a new Head of Loyalty (ex-Avios) and he appears to have set about making immediate changes.
From 1st October, you are earning 50% more Avios on most Flybe tickets.
Historically the cheaper ‘Just Fly’ and ‘Get More’ ticket types on Flybe earned 2 per £1 / €1 spent. ‘All In’ flexible tickets earned 4 per £1 / €1. That distinction has now gone and all tickets now earn 3 Avios per £1 / €1 spent on the fare (excluding APD).
For clarity, this new rate applies to ALL flights taken from 1st October irrespective of when you booked them. If you receive the old rate of 2 Avios per £1 then you should drop Flybe a note.
As well as the base fare, you can also earn Avios on whatever you pay for hold luggage, standard and extra leg room and preassigned seating.
3 Avios per £1 is generous, in my view. 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.
You can find out more on the Flybe website here.
The Avios / Flybe loyalty scheme is now live
Flybe has now launched its own co-branded Avios scheme, operating off the avios.com platform.
You can only credit a Flybe ticket to an avios.com account (Flybe, AerClub or Vueling Club) and not to British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus. Any account starting 3081xxxxxxxxx will work.
You can now open an avios.com account via Flybe. Following the link on the Flybe website here to register.
Membership is only available to UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands residents.
You end up with two sets of details, one to get into flybe.com and one to access avios.com. Your avios.com account will look like this – note the Flybe logo at the bottom:
Your Avios can be transferred to British Airways using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on ba.com or avios.com.
Children cannot earn Avios via Flybe because avios.com does not allow children to have accounts.
When do I receive my Avios?
Here is an interesting one. Unlike every other airline I can think of, you 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. Flybe really needs to get a grip on this. Leaving a window of just 10 days when you can submit a claim for missing points is frankly silly.
(EDIT: Flybe tells me that this will be changed soon but requires some broader IT work to be completed first.)
PS. Here is the new Flybe livery launched a few weeks ago:
I’m pleased to see Flybe boosting their Avios earn rate. If nothing else, it produces fresh competition for British Airways on routes where they compete.
Remember that Flybe now flies from Heathrow to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. I reviewed the Flybe Heathrow to Edinburgh service, which departs from Terminal 2, here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)