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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.

Flybe closes its UK credit card

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 from credit cards

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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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 (179)

  • 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??