Judging by my inbox, many Head for Points readers are not aware that they are at risk of losing a large chunk of Avios overnight on 30th April.
Most of you will know that Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April. Details are on the Flybe website here.
This is not a major surprise given that Flybe has been taken over by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic. It is likely that we see Flybe joining Virgin Flying Club shortly, although I don’t have any inside information.
Where you may get an unpleasant surprise is that avios.com is NOT following the same migration process that it used when the Avios Travel Rewards Programme was closed. In that scenario, your avios.com balance was transferred to your British Airways Executive Club account, and if you didn’t have one then one was opened for you.
This is not the case here.
If you have an avios.com account which is linked to Flybe, it will be closed on 30th April and all Avios lost.
Full details are on avios.com here.
Is my avios.com account ‘linked to Flybe’?
If you can still access your avios.com account, it means that it is either:
linked to Flybe, in which case you are at risk
linked to Vueling Club, in which case you don’t need to do anything
linked to Aer Lingus AerClub, in which case you don’t need to do anything
How do I find out which scheme my avios.com account is linked to?
Log in and click on ‘Your Account’. Underneath the new set of menu options, you will see an airline logo. It will either be Aer Lingus, Vueling or Flybe.
If you see this:
…. with the Flybe logo at the bottom, you are in trouble. You need to empty your avios.com account via a ‘Combine My Avios’ transfer to British Airways Executive Club before 30th April.
One thing to note ….
If you have pending Avios coming into your avios.com account, they will NOT be transferred to your British Airways account.
The Q&A page says that you need to ring avios.com in a few months time, after you expect the missing Avios to have arrived, and they can look into your old account. If the Avios did arrive, the call centre can transfer them to British Airways. You will not be able to do any of this online.
This all seems unnecessarily complicated, to be honest. It is possible that there are contractual reasons why Avios is not allowed to automatically move your points into a British Airways account. On the face of it this looks like a cash grab by Avios given that Flybe will have paid them for the points you are about to lose.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)