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 market. The 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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.