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 website. You 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 virginatlantic.com!
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):
and here are the same flights via the Flybe website:
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 flybe.com and virginatlantic.com going forward.
How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles. That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.
(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? 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.)