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No more Avios points earning or redeeming on Flybe flights from 30th April

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Flybe and Avios announced yesterday that the Flybe / Avios partnership will come to an end on 30th April.  The full details are here.

This is not hugely surprising, given the imminent takeover of the airline by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, although it is arguably a quicker switch than expected.

Even if you have never earned an Avios via a Flybe flight, it is important to know that your redemption options on Flybe will be closed off after 30th April.  You will no longer to able spend Avios on Flybe.  I’m not sure if British Airways Executive Club will be contacting members directly or not.

Flybe stopping Avios

I would anticipate that Flybe will soon start issuing Virgin Flying Club miles.  I don’t yet know if the airline will be fully integrated into Virgin Flying Club or if it will remain semi-detached in the same way that Avios and Flybe currently operate.

The email sent out by Flybe says “we are actively working on an exciting new programme” which implies it will not disappear entirely into Flying Club.  Does the colour scheme used in their email give a clue ….?

Here are some things you need to know:

avios.com accounts which are ‘attached’ to Flybe will ‘not be accessible’ from 30th April – you will need to use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points into a British Airways Executive Club account by then

You won’t earn Avios for Flybe flights after 30th April, even if they are already booked.  You also won’t earn Avios for a Flybe flight BEFORE 30th April if the return leg is afterwards.

If you have an Avios booking on Flybe, it remain valid.  However, you cannot amend it after 30th April.  Your only change option is a full cancellation with no rebooking allowed.

If you will need an avios.com account after 30th April (eg to move Avios from Iberia Plus to BA Executive Club) you should open an Aer Lingus AerClub account which will continue to work at avios.com

Flybe to stop issuing Avios

I see this as a loss for British Airways Executive Club.  Whilst Avios redemptions on Flybe were rarely great value, it did provide a lot of options for members who lived outside the M25.

The loss of Flybe – when added to the loss of Monarch, Aurigny and Air Malta – means that direct flight redemptions for anyone who does not live near Heathrow, Gatwick or City will be few and far between.

You can find out more about the Avios changes on this page of the Flybe website.


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There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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Comments (52)

  • Josh says:

    I am flying with Flybe over the next few weeks. Have got a BAEC account, but no longer have access to my Avios account, which was closed following the transfer in November. What is the best way to earn those Avios, then transfer them to my BAEC account?

    • Meghan says:

      You can’t. If you don’t have an active Avios account you can’t earn. Flybe don’t allow BAEC to earn in their flights.

  • Paul says:

    OT: I have spent over £1000 on my Amex SPG credit card, the bonus points not due to post till end of Feb. If I cancel the card now would amex still award these points? Thanks.

    • Mark2 says:

      I always wait until the points have been paid to Marriott (about six days before statement date). Also make sure that you owe £75 when you cancel as they will refund the annual charge pro rata and you do not want the hassle of a credit balance.

      • Paul says:

        Thank you Mark2. I will wait till next statement then before cancelling

  • Alastair says:

    By amazing coincidence (!) there appears to be suddenly no Avios availability on London – Newquay flights. Haven’t checked other London routes but there were plenty of options when I checked the other day and suddenly my all gone…

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