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EU approves Virgin Atlantic’s acquisition of Flybe following slot commitments

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The European Commission has finally approved the acquisition of Flybe by the Virgin Atlantic-led Connect Airways consortium.

It was not entirely pain free, with the airline required to surrender five daily slot pairs at Amsterdam Schiphol and three daily slot pairs at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

European Commission approves acquisition of Flybe by Virgin Atlantic

These must be made available to any airline which wants to fly to Birmingham.  The European Commission decided that Air France KLM’s 31% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic meant that there would otherwise be no substantial competition on these routes.

To date, staff at Flybe have not even been allowed to meet their counterparts at Virgin Atlantic, yet alone start jointly working up a new strategy.  A rebranding is certain, as is the integration of Flybe into Virgin Flying Club.

There is a lot of work to do, however.  This article, entitled ‘Toxic Flybe Brand Needs To Be Addressed’, gives you an idea of the challenge ahead.


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

Nectar American Express

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

Until 2nd November 2021, there is a special offer on The Platinum Card from American Express.

You will receive a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points which converts into 60,000 Virgin Points.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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