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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!

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.

Eastern Airways

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.

Eastern Airways Jetstream 41

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.

From Aberdeen

  • Wick John O’Groats
  • Humberside
  • Newcastle

From Anglesey

  • Cardiff

From Belfast City

  • Cardiff
  • Southampton

From Cardiff

  • Anglesey
  • Belfast City
  • Southampton

From Dublin

  • Southampton

From Humberside

  • Aberdeen
  • Jersey (seasonal)
  • Newquay

From Jersey

  • Humberside (seasonal)
  • Teesside (seasonal)

London Gatwick

  • Newquay

From Manchester

  • Southampton

From Newcastle

  • Aberdeen

From Newquay

  • Humberside
  • London Gatwick

From Southampton

  • Belfast City
  • Dublin
  • Manchester

From Teesside

  • Jersey (seasonal)

From Wick John O’Groats

  • Aberdeen

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.

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Comments (37)

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  • Bonglim says:

    For me the whole Amex site is down. Anyone else getting that?

  • FlightDoctor says:

    Likewise not on my Platinum or BAPP cards sadly

  • Nick says:

    I have it on the Nectar card I was actually going to cancel this week. Would really love to take a trip on a J41 but it’s not easy to find one that’s both accessible and around the right price to trigger the offer! Can take or leave an ATR, have done those before 😂

    • Nick says:

      P.S. Rhys, are you sure they still operate embraers? Their S22 submission to OAG only contains J41 and ATR72s

  • JSB says:

    Not on my Plat or partner’s gold- but is on my rarely used Vitality!

  • Gulz says:

    Got it on all 4 – my biz plat + wife’s AARC (+ 1 supp each)

  • slidey says:

    Has anyone had it on a personal plat/gold/ba?

    Not on any of mine.

  • Ian says:

    Yes I know it’s pedantic, but to say “The airline deliberately ignores London” and then go on immediately to say it flies from Gatwick, means it clearly doesn’t ignore London, deliberately or otherwise!

    • Rob says:

      That is a route funded by Cornwall council, to be fair!

    • Sandgrounder says:

      Or you could be even more pedantic and point out that even though it is marketed as such, Gatwick isn’t in London.

      • Qrfan says:

        Next you’ll be complaining that Southend isn’t London either 😉

  • Qrfan says:

    “You are unlikely to see it on British Airways American Express cards, for obvious reasons”. Do ba actually meaningfully compete on any of these routes? I get the theory but in practice they’re not flying me from Anglesey to anywhere!

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