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 Points from UK credit cards (October 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):
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 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points:
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.
(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.)