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Flybe closes its UK Mastercard credit card to new applicants

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Flybe has pulled its credit card from the market for new applicants.

Has the curse of Head for Points struck again?  At a credit card conference in February I explained why – from the point of view of the issuer – the Hilton Honors Visa card had the worst balance between sign-up bonus and long-term rewards of any card on the market.  Within a week, Hilton had pulled it.

This Tuesday, I gave over a full article to the Flybe credit card and why I didn’t find it very exciting.  You agreed in your comments.  Yesterday Flybe pulled the card from the marketThe marketing page is still on the website but at the bottom it says “We are no longer accepting new applicants.”

I am assuming it was nothing to do with me.  This is actually good news if it means a more rewarding, possibly Avios-driven, Flybe-branded credit card will appear in the future.

And should we buy the airline?

Following another dismal trading statement last week, the market capitalisation of Flybe had dropped to just £24m yesterday morning.  There is, of course, a lot of debt in there as well which explains the low figure.

However, £24m is worrying low.  It is a strange state of affairs that, if we had a whip around amongst Head for Points readers, we could buy the airline.  We have enough London-based investment bankers, entrepreneurs and hedgies amongst the readership to get the money together.

I should probably clarify for the purposes of Stock Exchange rules, since I spent 16 years in my previous life putting together deals like this, that I have no intention of doing so 🙂 but it simply goes to show what a parlous state the airline is in.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa 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 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (179)

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  • Andrew says:

    OT (bits) – two interesting offers on my Amex Plat:
    – 5% back (up to £30) on a qualifying transaction at Sainsbury’s by 29/11; first 45,000 cardholders
    – £5 back on £30 spend via PayPal by 9/12; first 4,500 cardholders.

    • Steve says:

      +1 and Co-op Food 10% back up to £30 spend must be posted before 29/11

  • Shoestring says:

    30 days to go. You only have the rest of November to use your IB 90K points or lose them December 1st.

    I need to sort a couple of flights out myself – shame I can’t get my wife to commit to summer hols dates 2019 and 2 of my kids (already pushing 14 & 16) want to dovetail with her flights out to the place in the sun & spend a bit of time in the summer with their mates here in Cornwall, which we’ll allow now they’re old enough to be let loose. So whilst I’ll go out with son #1 for 6 or even 7 weeks continuous, they’ll all 3 be doing something like 2x 2 weeks. If only they could give me the dates.

    If you transferred your IB 90K points to BAEC & have no intention of redeeming them on IB, I suggest you shut down your IB a/c.

    • Margaret says:

      You can’t shut an Iberia account down without asking Iberia to do it (and check the account)

  • Wally1976 says:

    Does anyone else have a nasty feeling that we’re spending time doing the Marriott “29 days” competitions but we’ll never actually see any points??

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