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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.

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Comments (81)

  • The Original David says:

    Presumably booking via VS is also a safer bet than Flybe direct if Flybe is on the verge of administration. When Flybe goes under, VS will still be on the hook for getting you to your destination, right?

    • Anna says:

      I’m not sure about this (recall a few comments about BA not being liable if you’ve booked an e.g. AA flight through them). Also how are they going to get you to somewhere like the Scilly Isles if Flybe do go bust?!

      • Shoestring says:

        the operating airline is responsible for delivering the flight – eg, in an EU/261 compo case, in the above scenario Flybe would bear all the liability, not Virgin

        whatever else you do, pay on a credit card for Section 75 protection

        • The Original David says:

          Isn’t there a distinction between EU261 compo and bankruptcy? If Flybe stops operating a month before my flight, I still have a contract with VS for a journey from A to B, since my ticket was issued by Virgin. Agree that CC protection is also important, but I think VS would also be liable here.

          • Shoestring says:

            quite possibly, I was only commenting on EC/261 liability

            [10. Codesharing may give rise to uncertainties concerning carrier liability. Two important legal issues are posed by codesharing: which air carrier is liable under the Warsaw regime and which air carrier is responsible to the passenger in user/consumer-related matters? In the case of the former, it would appear that codesharing, when it involves a connection, need not necessarily be equated to successive carriage such as in the usual case with interlining, but that ultimate legal responsibility could nonetheless be determined by the contract of carriage between the passenger and the contracting carrier, depending on the interest of the passenger or its claimants. Where the codeshared service does not involve successive carriage, then other legal considerations concerning the right of liability redress may arise. With respect to responsibility to user-related issues, the usual airline industry rules and practices would apply, i.e. responsibility rests with the operating carrier. In any event, before engaging in providing services, codesharing partners should meet certain requirements, i.e. agree on liability issues and give notice to the public, so that these
            become part of the terms and conditions of carriage (see Chapter 7).]

      • sk736 says:

        Why would you be booked with Flybe if going to the Scilly Isles? They don’t fly there!

  • Yawn says:

    As I posted a few days ago, I was able to book FlyBE on the KLM website for less than the normal fare and with the promise of XP, etc. , But I checked some other FlyBE routes from Cardiff and it seemed a one off.

    • Youngtraveller says:

      I do this as well either on klm or airfrance website but I mostly book cwl-cdg and it includes a bag so really not bad.

  • Thomás Munro says:

    You can also book Southampton to Manchester, it’s also about £10 cheaper on Virgin than Flybe on the test I did going out on 31st Jan coming Back on the 2nd Feb.

  • Graham Watson says:

    Exeter – London now bookable

  • memesweeper says:

    For those of you who care about these things, the codeshares are available to travel agents/corporate agents via GDS.

    My hunch is Virgin will put a codeshare on all Flybe routes that arrive/depart their hubs in Manchester, Gatwick, and Heathrow, but not other routes.

  • Andrew says:

    Was close to buying one of the OptionTown BA season tickets before the FlyBe discussions of changes to APD.

    Any thoughts on what would happen if there were a change to APD and someone had bought a pack of passes? Refund of the difference by BA/OptionTown?

    • Shoestring says:


      we’ve been there before when the APD rules were changed for kids – we got APD refunds on RFS tickets booked on BA – refused to give a refund, saying APD was not a separate charge, the cheats

      • John says:

        If you paid 50p plus avios for an RFS under the new system how should they “refund” you?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        but they are correct they collect £17.50 per leg no matter the actual tax and airport etc fee charges. you can’t have it in your benefit everytime Harry

        • Shoestring says:

          I know but they also saved the APD—> straight to bottom line

          exactly the same scenario with BA as they were RFS fares as well, BA just refunded APD on demand

          I wasn’t that sore about it! 🙂 especially as with the curse of Shoestring I sent to oblivion just a few months later

  • ROBMC says:

    Thanks Rob.
    Had a look from Belfast (city) BHD to MAN is bookable via Virgin’s website, operated by Flybe.

    And BHD to LHR with 2 stops! via MAN and EDI and taking 7 hours and £271 in economy light is an unusual
    awkward one

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