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Get 15% off Flybe flights from Belfast City Airport

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Flybe is offering 15% off all flights to and from Belfast City which are booked by 16th November.

You can book for travel dates up to 31st March 2019.  Routes include:

  • Aberdeen
  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Doncaster Sheffield
  • Edinburgh
  • East Midlands

Flybe special offer at Belfast City Airport

  • Exeter
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Leeds
  • London City
  • Manchester
  • Southampton

Here’s the small print:

The promotional code is valid for flights booked between 02.11.18 – 16.11.18 departing between 07.01.19 – 31.03.19 on direct Flybe operated flights to and from Belfast City Airport (excluding codeshare and franchise partners) and is applied against the gross seat price displayed at the point of booking. Valid only for web bookings made on Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

The code you need to use on – and which is case sensitive – is BELFAST15.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

Remember that you earn Avios on all flights booked on Flybe.  Details of their Avios scheme are here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (99)

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  • Stephen Lee says:

    Not sure where Rob gets 320,000 Hilton Hhonors points for £640.

    $1,600 = around £1,200, not £640, making such a deal completely pointless. It values 1 point at only 0.004 pence and would cost more in points than paying cash for a room.


    • Genghis says:

      Honest mistake, like I guess your 0.004 pence. As always with buying points, it can work for some people for targeted redemptions.

      • Rob says:

        The exchange rate conversion in the article is a cut and paste error. All of other maths is correct though (I think).

  • Stephen Lee says:

    Sorry I forgot to mention – I am being offered, with 80% bonus, 144,000 points maximum at $800 = £610 which is where I got my figure from.

  • Jimmy Mac says:

    Very OT- Called AMEX on 26th October to transfer some points to Carlson, was told it would take up to 10 days. Called back 10 days later to query why they hadnt appeared, and was told it can take 14 days to register with Carlson, then could take another 10 days for the points to convert. I’m looking to book a hotel with Rewards for 17th November.

    Anybody got any advice on how to rush this along?


    • RussellH says:

      Sorry, no idea on how to rush this, but perhaps a lesson to learn?
      I make a point of linking my MR a/c to the hotel and airline partners I want as soon as the MR a/c is set up, and then making a small transfer into each one as soon as possible, as the first transfer always seems to take longer than subsequent ones. Particularly with Radisson Rerwards, where you only need to transfer 3 MR points, and the transfers are so slow.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Anyone know if you need to add or leave off numbers to do this online?

      Running into an error

      • Jimmy Mac says:

        Your Membership Rewards points will be transferred to Radisson Rewards within 10 working days upon your request. When entering your 16 digit account number, drop the first 6 digits and populate the last 10.

  • Rob says:

    OT but I just popped into the kids school and saw the infants being forced to use the loo before lunch. This seems an excellent airline cost saving measure. If no passenger was allowed to board until they visited the loo and got a stamp to prove it, there would be a noticeable reduction in weight and fuel burn ….:

    • Russ says:

      You can take the man out of Rotherham but can’t take…

    • Steve-B says:

      Brilliant. Comment of the week, Rob ????

    • EwanG says:

      Don’t give Ryanair an idea, because this would developing into something along the lines of:

      You have to put in your verified weight at time of booking, you get some sort of “rewards” off your next flight if your weight has decreased between booking and checking in. On the other hand if you are heavier a penalty is due (and being Ryanair it will be a hefty penalty)…..

      • Robman says:

        Off-topic, recently there was an Amex offer to earn 1000MR for an online spend with Curry’s, boots and some other retailers. We purchased something from Curry’s online, but we were not given any opportunity to pay online, being instructed to pick up and pay for the reserved product at a local Curry’s store, which we did. I assumed this would trigger the awarded points, but a week later, still nothing.
        I contacted Amex last night who said the purchase didn’t qualify because it was paid by chip and pin and not online. While I understand that is correct, I feel a little cheated that they have not awarded the points when I had no other online payment option offered on the site. In peoples’ experience, is this fair or am I able to present an argument that may get Amex to award the points. The web chat representative and their supervisor were adamant that they could not give me the points. Any advice appreciated.

        • Jon says:

          You’ve chosen to reserve something online, the bonus was for online spend. Amex are correct. You could have chosen a different item that was available to buy online.

        • Nick_C says:

          The rules were clear on this. Curry’s offer delivery and click and collect with payment online.

          Paying in store isn’t online spend.

          I was slightly worried about the Boots offer, because I paid on line and had the goods delivered, but then I went into the store to get a £10 price match refund. On my till receipts, it looked like a £150 refund and a £140 purchase, but it showed on my card as a £10 refund and the MRs posted fine.

        • Chris says:

          I wouldn’t say you have a keg to stand on – the terms were clear, purchase online. Your purchase was in store (and you knew that at the point of purchase) – frustrating perhaps but transparent on their part..

      • Alex says:

        @EwanG a “hefty” penalty

    • BJ says:

      I’m ‘relieved’ you’re blogging and not working for BA.

    • Nick_C says:

      Maybe they could provide suppositories at check in

    • Anna says:

      I can tell you now how that conversation would go:
      “Go to the toilet” “I don’t want to” “Just try” “But I don’t NEED to” “Just try because there won’t be a toilet stop for quite a while” “Well I’ll try, but nothing will come out” (a couple of minutes later) “Nothing came out, I told you I didn’t need to go!”

      • Ade says:

        I’m just glad to have BA status when this kicks in, luckily i’ll be boarding with the ‘just a number one’ and not the ‘queuing for a number two’

      • ankomonkey says:

        We go through this type of conversation with my son on a daily basis.

    • ChrisC says:

      Oh that is bad. Forcing people – especially children – to try and use the loo when they don’t need to can can cause all sorts of problems later in life.

    • Lady London says:

      Don’t give them ideas !

  • MDA says:

    OT: How do I know if I have a Curve Black (my card is black) but I have no tumi-wallet nor do I remember paying £50. The reason I am asking is that the foreign atm withdrawal limits are double and I am currently abroad!

    • Richard says:

      If you didn’t pay, it won’t be a Curve Black. Physical card colour is not determinative.

  • BlueThroughCrimp says:

    OT – Hilton / Lufthansa 25 year points.
    Since the website maintenance, I’ve had 2 stays, during, and after.

    The one during definitely qualifies, but none are shown. (I have a gold myway bonus, despite being silver though!)

    The other was a 2 night stay 31 October to 2 November.

    Is anyone in the same boat re-points not posting, and secondly, is the stay starting on the last day of the promotion eligible for the 2500 points?

    • Voltron says:

      Stays had to have checked out by 31st October

    • David says:

      I’m still awaiting one stay c/o 20/10 – all the others posted beautifully!

    • Brian W says:

      I had 4 stays (with the Garden Inn brand) over the course of Sept and Oct that show the 2,500 M&M points being awarded by Hilton but they haven’t transferred to my LH account. Ironically the last two stays I made in the last week of October before the upgrade (both DoubleTree’s) have been awarded and transferred to LH.

      Hilton are saying all the miles have been sent. LH say they haven’t. Some work required as is often the case in this game.

      For the record, my stay on Monday 5th this week is still pending albeit this isn’t valid for the M&M offer. The upgrade has clearly not gone to plan.

  • Simon Schus says:

    I regularly use PressReader on tablet. Some UK public libraries have a subscription which you can use on your own account, allowing you to access the newspapers on an ongoing basis. Some of those subscriptions are geolocked but others are not.

  • Munch says:

    O/T – can someone explain how I can pay Anglia Water on amex? I pay my council tax via Paypoint at Coop but Anglia Water only seem to accept Payzone? All the Payzone retailers in my area are small shops which don’t accept Amex. Any ideas?

    • Munch says:

      Whats the maximum single payment you can make with Payzone? Paypoint seems to be £200.

      • Shoestring says:

        With Paypoint you can pay £1000 or whatever in 1 transaction/ card payment – you just need to get the till agent to totalise 5x £200 etc before paying

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