News in brief:
Flybe is back …. from Birmingham
Flybe has announced that it will soon announce that it is back ….
From early 2022 Flybe will relaunch, using Birmingham Airport as its base.
We know nothing more than:
“We plan to provide more information in the coming weeks and months about ticket prices, new routes and destinations, and other important news”
….. said a rather unhelpful media release.
The new airline is backed by Cyrus Capital, the investment fund which was also the largest single shareholder in ‘old’ Flybe, alongside Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group.
The new airline will use the Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, which was also a mainstay of the old Flybe fleet. At least one aircraft is already painted, registered and ready to go.
More to come when we get it ….
Get 1.4p per Amex Membership Rewards point with Emirates
‘Cash and miles’ is the Emirates offer which allows you to reduce the cost of a cash flight by redeeming Emirates Skywards miles. As you are redeeming miles as part payment for a cash ticket, you can do this on any flight.
If you book in the next few days, you will get excellent value for your miles:
- 0.7p per Skywards mile in Economy (2,000 miles for £14 off)
- 1.4p per Skywards mile in Business and First Class (10,000 miles for £140 off)
Here are the key dates:
- Book by 21st November
- Fly by 31st March
- Offer valid on all Emirates and flydubai services
- Applies to “Special”, “Saver”, “Flex” and “Flex Plus” tickets
Without wishing to state the obvious, getting 1.4p per American Express Membership Rewards point for a Business Class flight is outstanding value.
If the flight you want is available for ‘standard’ Emirates Skywards redemptions then you may get a better deal by booking a regular mileage ticket. That said, if you can find a cheap enough cash deal, ‘cash and miles’ may be better regardless of whether a Skywards miles seat is available.
The only issue is that Emirates is running a Black Friday event from 24th to 29th November. I haven’t got any pricing details yet, but there is a risk that a flight you book under the ‘cash and miles’ deal suddenly looks a poorer deal next Friday. Sadly the ‘cash and miles’ deal needs to be booked by 21st November so you can’t combine the two.
You can find details of the ‘cash and miles’ deal on the Emirates website here.
Thanks to Greg for this.
Win $1m with Qatar Airways!
Qatar Airways has launched a slightly OTT competition. Your chances of winning are pretty slim, frankly, but if you did …..
Here are the prizes:
- a Porsche Taycan or equivalent
- Qatar Executive private jet charter flight from Doha to the Maldives (plus flights to Doha from your home)
You will be entered into the draw if:
- you are a Qatar Privilege Club member
- you register via the “Offers” page of your Qatar Privilege Club account (select the “Fly with the Best” offer)
- you book and fully or partly fly by 31st January
This is not just a UK competition – it is open to travellers in various territories.
Full details are on the Qatar Airways website here.
With bad timing, Qatar has now placed the UK on its ‘Red List’. This means that trips to Doha are realistically off the table, given the hotel quarantine required, although you can still transit in Doha without any issues.