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Loganair, Aurigny and Blue Islands to align their frequent flyer programmes

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Three of the UK’s regional airlines – Aurigny, Blue Islands and Loganair – have announced plans to work more closely together, including aligning their existing loyalty schemes.

Aurigny and Blue Islands are based in the Channel Islands – Guernsey and Jersey respectively – whilst Loganair is based in Glasgow.

This move is not a merger, but it will involve co-operation both in front of and behind the scenes, including working together to get better deals on key purchases.

Loganair, Aurigny and Blue Islands to align loyalty schemes

Whilst individually relatively small, the three airlines operate 54 aircraft between them. They serve a total of 40 airports throughout the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

ATR turboprop aircraft provide the backbone of the fleet for all three. The plan is to work together to get scale economies on major maintenance checks, aircraft spares and pilot and engineer training, as well as fuel and ground handling services.

The key benefit for passengers will be the ability to book through-tickets covering multiple airlines in the partnership. This would allow you to fly seamlessly, with one connection, on routes such as Aberdeen to Guernsey or from the Isle of Man to the Channel Islands.

Loganair, Aurigny and Blue Islands to align loyalty schemes

Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton should see increased traffic. These are key airports used by two or three of the partners and where passengers will now be able to connect.

What about frequent flyer benefits?

There are no plans at the moment to offer a joint frequent flyer scheme across the three airlines.

What will happen is alignment between Clan Loganair, Aurigny’s FrequentFlyer and Blue Islands’ Blue Skies Club.

Members will soon be able to earn and redeem points across services from all three airlines.

You can read more on the Blue Islands website here and we will keep you updated with frequent flyer news as we get it.

Loganair, Aurigny and Blue Islands to align loyalty schemes

PS. Fly to Barra with Loganair for just £85 day return this Winter

Regular readers will remember that we recently repeated the review of my day trip to the tiny island of Barra, flying with Loganair.

It is a unique experience, with the aircraft landing on the beach and the flight times changing daily to match the tides.

Loganair usually runs day trips during the Summer season, but this year has also chosen to run them during the Winter. The fare is £85 return from Glasgow.

You can book until 28th March 2022 at this price, with a blackout between 17th December and 9th January. Full details are on the Loganair website here.

Thanks to Colin for flagging this.

Comments (13)

  • @mkcol says:

    Am I the only person who thinks a day return to Barra in winter is chancing it a bit?!

    • Jim says:

      It can be a bit hit n miss with the weather.. but it is great fun

    • Scott says:

      The aircraft can only land on the beach if conditions allow, so if you’d be unable to return the aircraft won’t fly to begin with (or better still, you’ll get a pleasure sightseeing flight from GLA and then land back at GLA if unable to land at BRR!

  • Hedgecock says:

    Barra’s not in Shetland, Rob

  • FrontFlyer says:

    For those inside the M25, Barra is in the Outer Hebrides……….!! That’s way off the West coast of Scotland and not off the far North.
    Oh and just for clarity, Scotland is the country North of England and it’s Wales that’s on the West, on the way to the island of Ireland!! : – ))

  • SammyJ says:

    Oh my days! That’s a blooper!

  • Alex Sm says:

    It’s astonishing to see how a good article turns into a mockery by “witty” commentators… but in the meantime we can see the formation of a nationwide mini-alliance – an interesting post-covid development!

  • IslandDweller says:

    Barra can get big winds 365 days a year – booking the trip at any time of year carries a risk. But it is absolutely brilliant, unique experience

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