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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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.

(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 (100)

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  • Tom says:

    Erk..pressreader. Does this spell the end of free newspapers?!

    • HAM76 says:

      That’s what happened with Lufthansa… One or three free downloads depending on the ticket and newspapers only available in a few places outside of lounges. The same happened in my IHG hotels. IC Berlin has unlimited downloads, but no physical newspaper anymore.

    • Andrew says:

      At Edinburgh Airport, out towards gate 20, there is still a broad range of free newspapers in the departures area. Scotsman, Times, Super Soaraway Sun and others as well as a selection of content-light free magazines.

      I usually walk along to kill time and grab a Scotsman.

      I’m not sure who pays for them or why they are there. The WH Smith opposite sells them!

      • Nigel the Pensioner says:

        ………kill time and grab a Scotsman. Remind me not to wear a kilt next time I’m at EDI !!!

      • Lady London says:

        Gatwick has surprised me by having some nice freebie newspapers on the way to the departure gates. The Sun, The Times, Evening Standard, Metro (I think!) plus a few other niche things, seems best selection in the middle of the day.

        It’s come to something when the newspapers on the way to the gates available for everyone, are better than the selection has sometimes been in BA lounges!

  • ChrisC says:

    I’m sure someone will complain that they can’t find Serbian Mountain Walkers, Lake Swimmers and Accordian players Monthly in the download list and that once again shows how far BA has fallen and they’ll never fly BA ever ever again.

    • Peter K says:

      I love reading SMWLSAAP! I didn’t know it had any other readers in the UK ????

      • ChrisC says:

        It’s not the same since they replaced the editor.

        There is now far too much attention to the accordion for my taste.

  • Sam Wardill says:

    Qantas offered Pressreader for 6 months last year then abandoned it. It was a shame. Much easier to read on a plane than a newspaper (and much more variety). Less weight too

    • Jon says:

      Agreed. Tried it there and thought it was great. Much better than the Aussie tabloids on offer, or a 3-day old copy of a UK broadsheet.

    • Alan says:

      Agree, really enjoyed having access to it on all my internal Avios-booked QF flights!

  • BJ says:

    $1,600 / £614!

    • Mike says:

      oh that will be the Intern ……oh wait they don’t start until Monday…….

  • SG says:

    Read some people have done quite well with 29 ways Marriot online game!50 points or an entry almost every other day here!
    Let’s wait and see when the points will be posted!!

    • Mike says:

      Thanks Rob without you / HFP I would not have known about the 29 ways Marriot online game. Of course without HFP i would not have known about many things that have made my life better

    • Lumma says:

      Ended up with 4100 points in total from the promotion, two 50, two 500, one 1000 and one 2000. The rest were either prize draw entries or I forgot

    • Andrew says:

      I think I’ve totted up about 5000+ points altogether – Played about 21 days out of 29.

      Looking at the days I played, it’s clear that HfP is part of my weekday morning routine as it’s mostly Saturday and Sundays that are missing.

    • KevMc says:

      I haven’t totted them all up exactly, but I think I won about 2,000, and Mrs Mc about 5,000, so it has been a decent promotion for us.

      • Robman says:

        You all must be very lucky so well done. I played probably 20 days for my wife and I but only got 50 points or an additional entry every day.

  • IslandDweller says:

    What isn’t immediately obvious…. You won’t find press reader on the BA Web site.
    To gain access, you need to follow a link in your “get ready to fly” email, the one that they send as check in opens.

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    I’ve used Pressreader previously and have never been able to find the excellent Serbian Mountain Walkers, Lake Swimmers and Accordian players Monthly. This is yet another example of BA devaluing my experience and points to further erosion of this once great flag carrier. I am so dissalussioned that I will state now that I will never fly them again whilst I continue to regularly give them my money and fly them again.

    • Genghis says:

      🙂 in all seriousness though, and I don’t know if it’s now a reflection on what I’ve become, but I can’t remember the last I picked up a physical newspaper. I have a free FT sub through work and get all other news via free outlets through my iDevices. Even when I decline papers at hotels they then appear and go unread.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Same. I havent bought or used a hard copy for years.

        • Lumma says:

          I’ve never understood why the free Metro/Evening Standard papers are still in existence. Massive waste of paper and transportation costs in this digital age

        • RussellH says:

          And I have never read a digital version of anything where there is a real, paper version available. I have tried to read short stories on my partner’s Kindle, but I lose interest after a couple of pages. And I find tablets nearly unusable.
          The only digital thing I read regularly is HfP. If the articles were available as pdfs I would probably print them out (on the back of scrap paper) and read them that way, except for the fact that the comments are at least as interesting as the articles (some of them, anyway!).

          As to why free sheets are still printed, it is simply a matter of seconds to pick up a copy, whether new from a stack or a copy that someone else has left on a bus or train. It must take much more conscious effort to download it. And I would guess that on average each copy will be looked at by 4 or 6 different readers. A downloaded copy is probably looked at by just the downloader. Further, if there is a single article or advert that you want to keep you just tear it out. You cannot do that with anything like as easily with a digital document.

        • Genghis says:

          @RussellH Print screen? At least that’s how I save interesting things before doing something about it (e.g. adding to holiday spreadsheet etc).

      • Tom says:

        I always read digitally too, but reading a newspaper on a plane is one of the last remaining non-digital pleasures!

      • Simon says:

        Sunday Times delivered to my house every week. Cant imagine cancelling it. I dont want to spend hours staring at a screen to read it. (Beyond the 60 hours a week I already do).

        • Kipto says:


        • Lady London says:

          +1 I see enough screens all day with my work. Need to switch off sometime and look at paper or a real book.

          Having said that I’ll probably spring for the new Kindle…. it save so much weight of books flying.

  • Shoestring says:

    You can give a free trial right now if you wish. It is ‘by’ Pressreader so presumably similar to the BA version. I’ve never tried downloading anything so not sure if that is an option. To get in, use your library card number or try a random one along the lines 800158741.

    • Shoestring says:

      Can confirm it has The Beano & Viz for free

    • Lady London says:

      Thanks H,

      no time right now. will hope the link you kindly give will work when I get to it.

      Wasn’t there something else libraries are also offering now for digital downloads?

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