American Express has launched a cashback offer which is surprisingly generous – £100 back when you spend £200+ with Eastern Airways by 1st August.
The offer is only open to the first 3,700 users who save it, which is why we are running this as an additional article today. We’d prefer the slots to go to our readers!
The Eastern Airways route map is here. In general the airline deliberately ignores London, although it does have the contract to run the subsidised flights between Gatwick and Newquay. There are multiple routes from Southampton – which is an easy train ride from Waterloo directly into the airport – and it has some presence at most regional airports.
The airline no longer flies beyond the UK Common Travel Area – the Gibraltar route, for example, has been cancelled. The furthest you can go is to Jersey or Dublin.
For a couple, £200 would cover a return domestic trip in the UK. A solo traveller may struggle to spend £200 on one journey to be honest, although I’m sure a peak Summer trip from Gatwick to Newquay won’t be cheap.
Note that the rules of the offer state that the £200 must be spent in one transaction.
The Eastern fleet comprises British Aerospace Jetstream 41 and ATR72-600 series turboprops, Embraer regional jets and Embraer E-jets. The seat count runs from 29 to 76. Wherever you fly, it will be a different experience to your standard British Airways short haul Airbus flight.
I took an Eastern Airways flight from Aberdeen to Newcastle last year as part of my UK lounge tour. That was on a Jetstream 41 – definitely an adventure (photo above). It felt like I was flying on a model aircraft it was so small. It was also hugely noisy, so I recommend taking ear plugs!
Where does Eastern Airways fly?
Here is the current route map, as taken from the website. These routes may not operate daily.
- Wick John O’Groats
From Belfast City
- Belfast City
- Jersey (seasonal)
- Humberside (seasonal)
- Teesside (seasonal)
- London Gatwick
- Belfast City
- Jersey (seasonal)
From Wick John O’Groats
The offer is restricted to the first 3,700 people to save it to their American Express cards – assuming, of course, that you are targeted for it in the first place. You are unlikely to see it on British Airways American Express cards, for obvious reasons.
Your qualifying transaction must be made by 1st August although your flight can be for a later date.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios or other airline miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.