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Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April.  Details are on the Flybe website here.

You will still earn Avios on any Flybe flights taken by 30th April (you must complete BOTH legs, not just the outbound).  You can also still book Flybe redemptions with Avios until 30th April.

There is no risk in booking a Flybe redemption apart from the standard £35 cancellation fee.  Whilst it will be impossible to change it from 1st May, you can still cancel it and have the Avios put back into your account.

Act now or your account will be closed if linked to Flybe is NOT following the same migration process that it used when the Avios Travel Rewards Programme was closed.  In that scenario, your 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 account which is linked to Flybe, it will be closed on 30th April and all Avios lost.

Full details are on here.

In order to check if your account is linked to Flybe or not, take a look at my earlier article on the end of the Avios / Flybe partnership from 5th April.  It has a step-by-step guide with pictures!

If you have pending Avios coming into your Flybe-linked account, they will NOT be transferred to your British Airways account.

The Q&A page says that you need to ring 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.

Read my 5th April article here if you think any of this will impact you.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.

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 (61)

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  • Shoestring says:

    Report in the Observer today of Expedia still charging ‘airline card fees’ £17-21 on bookings. Obvs illegal under EU law. Sure, they refund it on appeal – to the 5% of people who know it’s illegal & can be bothered to chase – but why is Expedia still doing this without sanction?

    • Trevor says:

      This happened to me with opodo. But instead of a refund they gave me a voucher.

      • Shoestring says:

        Which you presumably were happy with – otherwise you would have asked for a proper refund.

    • RussellH says:

      It will probably only stop if Trading Standards can find the time to start a prosecution.

      The only time I have used Expedia was before the card fee ban came in – but careful reading of small print made it clear that the card payment would be processed by the airline, which, of course, got me double points too on PRG Amex.

    • Lady London says:

      This is where we need punitive fines not case by case endorsement. So long as the firms doing this only have to refund or get their wrist smacked lightly when they are caught, of course they will make more profit doing it.

  • Jake Mc says:

    Apologies OT: as part of our BA household account my 10 yo brother collected a fair chunk of Avios a while back. How can we stop them expiring as I understand if you do not earn one point per account in 3 years all Avios are wiped from that account.

    Would a transfer to his account work?

    • Jake Mc says:

      Ahhhh yes. Of course: redemptions and shopping portal.

      Thanks for the advise. Appreciated 🙂

      • Lady London says:

        Shoestring you saved my bacon when my miserable pot of about 21k virgin was about to expire and their customer service were not telling how I could extend the miles. By then Virgin had locked me out of the account and customer service did not know why. It’s always locking out just like BA On Business used to do forcing a password reset at each login.

        This time it stayed locked out no matter what. So I couldn’t follow your first suggestion same as above, to go into shopping portal and buy something.

        So I followed your second suggestion Shoestring of whacking some Tesco over there and that did the trick. I can also get into my account now. So tax Shoestring you saved my bacon.

        Working on how to gross them up for a one at from the West Coast now.

  • Boi says:

    OT: Any current UK car hire deals/bonuses running? need to hire car today LBA to return on wednesday

  • Ben says:

    O/T, but I thought interesting (if a bit long) Hertz customer service story. Currently in Petrolina, Brazil and I booked 27 day car hire through Hertz to pick up yesterday at 1pm. In the period between booking and arriving, Avianca cancelled my flight (as with many other flights), which means Petrolina airport has now has no flights arriving during the day at all (I had to take a horrendously expensive flight from recife that arrived at 115am instead). Anyway, this prompted the local Hertz office (localiza Hertz) to change their opening hours – except no one told me this. I arrive back at the airport at 1pm to pick up the car and it is like a ghost town, and all phone numbers I try either don’t work, or don’t speak English. They seem to be next open at midnight Sunday. Eventually, and somewhat bizarrely, I manage to start WhatsApping a localiza Hertz customer assistant, who over the course of the next 5 hours starts working to find a solution (I am back at the hotel by this point so not too inconvenient). He decides the best solution is to send me a car from the nearest open office, which is 350km away! The car eventually arrives at 215am at the hotel. The crazy thing is its not even the car I booked (I need an SUV for driving in Serra da Capivara) so they are promising to switch the cars on Monday which would be another 4 hour delivery drive. Can’t decide if I am more impressed at the efforts the local company has gone to to right a wrong, or frustrated at the inconvenience of it all! Will probably send a complaint to Hertz head office (anyone know how i should go about doing so?) whilst also trying to commend the Brazilian customer service assistant.

  • Waddle says:

    OT: Is there a bonus for adding the first supp on the Business Plat?

  • Ammar says:

    Ot – so points and money bookings with Hilton count towards qualifying stays and would they count towards diamond status match. Plus if I do it now I reckon I will get 2k points even if I spend 5k points + cash on a my understanding correct?

    • Qwerty Bertie says:

      Reward stays all on points count for the status match, so I can’t see why points + money wouldn’t.

      I’m not sure about the 2k promotion though; I think you should read the terms and conditions.

    • Crafty says:

      You’ll get the 2k if you spend any amount of cash except zero.

  • IanMac says:

    I’ll pass on my experience with :
    I just learned today that I must have had an Avios Travel Rewards Programme account.
    When that scheme was closing some time back I received correspondence from BA about a new account etc but called BA and avoided having a duplicate account and was also able to transfer avios from Avios TRP to BAEC.
    However I was still earning avios from occasional Flybe flights – these were still crediting into my Avios TRP account.
    I also earn avios from Scottish Hydro Electric (SSE plc) which transfer every quarter or so (??).
    Prompted by Rob’s article I tried to log in to my avios account today and was blocked – it was closed.
    However, it was not really closed – there were still 3,691 avios in the account (from Flybe and SSE). I called the avios helpline where the guy could see the avios in the ‘dead’ account and transferred them over to my BAEC account.
    No more problems with Flybe after tomorrow.
    However, I will still earn periodic avios from SSE. Avios cannot set up that any future SSE avios automatically transfer to my BAEC account. He suggested that I call SSE and see if they can re-route my avios through to my BAEC account.

    • Rob says:

      Another option, because I doubt SSE can do this, is open an Aer Lingus AerClub account. This gives you an ‘3081xxxxxx’ number which SSE can use and you’ll be able to access the account via

      • IanMac says:

        Rob, thanks for the advice !
        So I registered with Aer Lingus website – easy enough.
        Then went to register with Aer Club – not so easy !
        After numerous attempts to join online, I called the Aer Club helpline – and helpful they were
        WARNING – when you enter your postcode it cannot have a space so SW19 5AE has to be input as SW195AE back on your Aer Lingus registration.
        WARNING – your address first line can only have so many characters (mine has 21 which won’t work) – I had to change Terrace to Tce (gives 17 characters which does work).
        SUCCESS !!!
        Now the problem is getting Scottish Hydro / SSE to change the recipient account number – because that tariff plan is no longer offered almost nobody has dealt with it and nobody knows how to change destination accounts …
        Waiting to hear back from Scottish Hydro / SSE

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