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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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  • Ant says:

    OT: Amex travel. I have the offer on my Platinum card. I tried to book a car hire but it wasn’t going through so live chat suggested i call the Platinum number. The transaction is now showing as “AMEX PLATINUM & GOLD CARD TRAVEL SVS” as opposed to all others “Amex Travel”. Do you think the car hire will count towards my £600 spent?

    • Nigel the Pensioner says:

      If its a weekend with Hertz or Avis it will probably cover your £600 spend and some!!!

  • Boi says:

    OT: does barclaycard(Hilton) treat Revolut as cash advance or purchase?

  • Charlieface says:

    OT slightly: does anyone have a good suggestion for a 1-night anniversary stay within 1.5hr drive of Manchester, pref with points? I have SPG, IHG & HH points. The DT Chester has a good report but looking expensive. Any ideas appreciated

    • Rob says:

      Hilton St George’s Park? We have reviewed.

      • Charlieface says:

        Ok so I’ve narrowed it down:
        DT Chester £175/40k
        H St George £125/40k
        M Preston £86/17.5k
        M Breadsall Derby £105/25k
        I’m mainly going for quiet hotel, nice room and nice area/grounds, don’t care about restaurant or pool.
        Don’t mind paying a bit more or in cash if it’s really nice, and I have Gold in both M and H.

    • Nick M says:

      Personally, I’d probably look for somewhere in the Lakes – but would be cash rather than points.

      If using points and DT Chester don’t have any standard redemptions, I think Marriott will probably have the best options

      • Anna says:

        I’ve given up on the Lakes – it seems like a beautiful idea until you’ve sat in traffic for 2 hours either way and I only live 60 miles from Windermere!

        • RussellH says:

          Moral, avoid the A591 through Winderemere, Ambleside and Grasmere at weekends in season. (One of attractions of living in the Lake District is driving south through these places on a Friday , or north on a Sunday – and gloating).
          For the Lakes. I would head for Ullswater instead. A few nice hotels and you do not need to come off the M6 until Penrith.
          If you like really remote, head east from Preston or Lancaster into the Forest of Bowland. No fancy hotels, but there is excellent food to be had. The HI Lancaster is just an HI, but was fully refurbished after the 2015 floods

    • Anna says:

      I got a really good DBB deal at the Chester Doubletree for a Sunday night in December, £175 for 3 of us in a family room. I’d also booked a couple of massages and am planning to use the £50 back offer.

      The North West isn’t well served in any respect (I’ve cancelled my National Trust membership as well!), although Liverpool is a great city to visit these days, much nicer than Manchester IMO (and speaking as Mancunian by born and bred!) and has some very nice hotels, including a couple of Hilton properties.

      • BJ says:

        It is a nice hotel but our room smelled badly of damp although I could see no visible signs of it (windows don’t open so a ventilation problem I think). Older rooms might be better, perhaps others can comment.

      • RussellH says:

        As an escapee from London (the exact opposite to Rob!) I like Manchester, but have been very pleasantly surprised by Liverpool. Stayed there for a weekend last Feb at the Aloft former Royal Insurance HQ) at the silly price of 3000 SPG points per night (cash rates were around £120, but if Liverpool are at home it can easily be twice that. I suspect that Everton do not have the same out-of-town following as Liverpool). Liverpool has more listed buildings than anywhere in the UK outwith London. And the excellent Museum of Slavery tells you very clearly where all that wealth came from.
        If you have not (yet) been, go.

    • Charlieface says:

      Thanks guys. St george’s is full. Chester has availability for sat night when I wanna go but was looking for something else. I could have sworn there was a country hall from Marriott near Bradford but it’s gone from the site. What about Marriott Preston, anyone got an idea?

      • RussellH says:

        I have not been to the Prerston Marriott for a few years now. It was the first Marriott we ever went to, I think, when we first discovered loyalty points. A pleasant green approach, but TBH the hotel never struck me as anything special. Perfectly comfortable though.
        It is probably the best base from which to explore the Forest of Bowland. As I mentioned above, no fancy hotels, but there is excellent food to be had.

        • David says:

          I think the Gibbon Bridge is decent enough, or Northcore Manor is nearby if a Michelin star denotes ‘fancy’

        • Lady London says:

          What about Ludlow? I remember an excellent foodie weekend staying in Ludlow, it was awhile ago though.

      • Crafty says:

        There definitely is/was a Marriott country hall near Bradford, my old boss used to stay there each week. No idea what might have happened to it.

        • Lee says:

          Do you mean Hollins Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club? It left Marriott early this year.

  • Phil Duncan says:

    The LH offering is very limited, I downloaded the Beano recently in the absence of anything else I had ever heard of. It was a bit of fun fifty years later though!

    • RussellH says:

      Beano is still worth a look, I reckon. I shall admit to some childish behaviour over 40 years ago when I was working as a research assisitant in an American university. Montreal was only 2 hours drive north, and WH Smith at the railway station sold the Beano, so I always picked up a copy when visiting.
      I pinned up the centre double page spread of the Bash Strret Kids on the outside of my lab door; once I opened the door to find a huddle of very young (presumably freshman) students who had been studying the Bash Street Kids and trying to work out their signicance to Organic Chemistry..

  • BrianN says:

    Exchange rate ???

  • sunguy says:

    Not sure if this is something new or not.

    My other half ran away to Germany on some organised R&D freebee thing the other day. When booking the flights, the company refused to let her fly back on the weekend for compliance purposes.

    However, I noticed that from 24hrs before her outbound flight, in the exec account, she was able to make changes to both flights via BA rather than directly via the travel agency.

    We didnt do it, but the change fee was £60 (ticket Ts&Cs) and pleanty of availability – the other note was that if she did change the flights via, then all subsequent changes would have to be done via BA and not the travel agency.

    Is this something new or is it just because I havent looked for it previously ? I thought all travel agency bookings had to be changed by the travel agency prior to the 1st outbound flight?

  • Harpo says:

    OT just a quickie. AW says my wife’s Marriott Rewards due to expire next week. She has no stays but has been earning points through SPG Amex (accounts combined) – this is “activity” right?

    • Liz says:

      This is what I was trying to sort out with Amex and SPG the other day. I called Amex to ask them to change my hubby’s old SPG number to the new merged number but was told it was already changed. I have loaded Marriott twice to AW – with the old SPG number and the new combined number. His Amex pts are going into the old SPG account and have an unknown expirry date against it. But when I phoned Amex they say it is correct at their end – while I was on the phone she called SPG rewards and I was able to speak to them too – she said even though I couldn’t see the actual expiry date as long as I had activity ie SPG Amex spend or MR transfer the date is 2 yrs from the last activity. Keep an eye on it though just in case. I have made a purchase on his account via the shopping portal which closes on 15/11 and an MR transfer on my account using the new account number in the hope that it all resets. Still waiting for both points to post to see if it works.

  • BJ says:

    OT: 8% back on Hilton in ME, Africa and Turkey from Halifax cards. Might be useful for those who have already used their amex offers.

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