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Some Flybe flights now bookable (cheaper) via Virgin Atlantic

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We have, slowly, some proof that the integration of Flybe into the Virgin Atlantic schedules is beginning to gain traction.

You can now book some – not all, but some – Flybe flights via the Virgin Atlantic websiteYou can book them as standalone flights, or in conjunction with a Virgin Atlantic long-haul flight.

Amusingly, you may even find that they are cheaper via

How to book Flybe flights on Virgin Atlantic

That’s the good news.  Here is the slightly confusing news:

there is no mention of earning Virgin Flying Club miles

there is no mention of earning tier points in Virgin Flying Club

you cannot book Flybe flights with Virgin Flying Club miles 

I think all of the above will happen, but not just yet.  If you visit the ‘airline partners’ page on the Virgin Atlantic website, Flybe isn’t yet listed.

Are Flybe flights cheaper via Virgin Atlantic?

It seems so, in some cases.

Here is an example, from Edinburgh to Heathrow on Monday 17th February (click to enlarge):

Book Flybe flights on the Virgin Atlantic website

…. and here are the same flights via the Flybe website:

How to book Flybe flights via Virgin Atlantic

As you can see, the 6.15am departure is £10 cheaper when you book on the Virgin Atlantic website.

This is not uncommon with codeshare flights, to be fair.  All it means is that Virgin Atlantic has not yet sold its allocation of the cheapest tickets, whilst Flybe has.

Not all Flybe routes are currently bookable via Virgin Atlantic.  I only found three – Aberdeen to Manchester, Aberdeen to Heathrow and Edinburgh to Heathrow.  I’m not sure what other routes are there yet.  It seems that to guarantee the best price you’ll need to look at both and going forward.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up 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 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.)

Comments (81)

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  • Jane says:

    OT; I have a Virgin Atlantic flight next month (premium economy) and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good deal on lounge access at T3.

    • Shoestring says:

      the £7.80 HAPPYBIRTHDAY2020 lounge access (Dragonpass) is still valid and you can get into No1 Lounge (worth paying another £5 online to reserve your place as they often turn away customers who just roll up) – bit fiddly but worth it for the saving, see thread for helpful pointers on making it work

      • Jane says:

        Thank you ! I thought I had read that one wasn’t working. will see if I can get it to happen.

        • Shoestring says:

          Note the new code and scroll right to the last comments, I enrolled them to Plat on Dufry & bought $10 DP lounge passes for my son & daughter just the other night

          • Jane says:

            Again. thanks. working fine. noted about the no guests and Shoestring noted you signed your children up. I take it they are old enough to be ‘officially’ signed up ??

          • Shoestring says:

            I don’t think Dragonpass lounge agents will be checking ages! Youngest is 15 next week so don’t anticipate any problem, though I will have a back up plan just in case.

          • Jane says:

            I’m thinking the 5 year old might be pushing it a bit ! thanks for the help though.

          • EwanG says:

            T&Cs for Dufry and Dragonpass say account holders need to be aged 18 or over, which will be my rationale for using one of my DP passes to guest my youngest one in. So long as they get paid, are the lounges bothered?

        • Rob says:

          Let me know if it works. We’ve been tight on article space but we have slots over the weekend if it is all good to go again.

          • EwanG says:

            Worked for me the same night as Harry, with the new code. Well I did have some problems (see my comments on that other article), but got there in the end.

          • paulm says:

            Confirm this still works, just signed up and brought some. When I entered the code I did say Silver membership but after logging out and back in again it changed to Platinum.

            Thanks to Shoestring & Pablo for mentioning it.

          • Rob says:


  • Shoestring says:

    O/T well I got my daughter’s passport OK (& I already got her expired passport back) – but the Passport Office has just sent me the expired passport of some 80YO dude from Ashton-under-Lyne! 🙂

    No emergency info filled in or addresses.

    Hmm. I was thinking about the cost of the stamp but actually there’s a freepost address & phone number.

    Not exactly confidence inspiring though – it was addressed to me, not some mistake by RM – and 5 yrs ago the Passport Office sent me my daughter’s new passport but addressed to one of my neighbours! Who did the right thing, same as I will do with Mr Donald’s old passport 🙂

  • Mark says:

    EDI – LCY is also showing up including some Stobert operated flights. Unlike the FlyBe website Virgin allows you to search from all London airports at the same time. Being able to make a single booking flying into Heathrow and back from City may be useful.

  • joe says:

    NQY – LHR gone post-March and back to Gatwick which is pain for getting out of Cornwall then long haul. Guess Virgin will use those LHR slots for transatlantic which was all part of the masterplan, and we’ll go back to the train!

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      The LHR route from NQY was a dream, to go back to LGW is a pain but not terrible.

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    OT: anyone ever had problems booking EY via AA site on points?
    Agents can see availability of eg: 5 x seats, put on hold one seat in one account, go to partners account and then zero availability on same flight?
    Happened 3x different dates!

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