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Flybe

Flybe is a regional airline operating primarily in the United Kingdom. In 2014 it closed its own loyalty scheme and began to issue Avios points when you fly with it. My series of articles on this announcement begin here. You can find out more about earning Avios points with Flybe on their website here.

Bits: “IAG to bid for Flybe”, Norwegian launches Rio, No 1 Lounges opens Birmingham Clubrooms

News in brief: “IAG to bid for Flybe” Following the news last week that Virgin Atlantic was in discussions with Flybe over a takeover bid, IAG – the owner of British Airways – is also now believed to have opened talks. This is an interesting […]

Bits: Newquay flights moving to Heathrow, that Abu Dhabi F1 hotel deal, new Luton Airport hotel opens

News in brief: Flybe services from Newquay switching to London Heathrow I mentioned this briefly in my ‘breaking news’ article on the Virgin Atlantic takeover of Flybe on Thursday.  I wanted to repeat it as that article was not emailed and you may have missed […]

Sky: “Virgin Atlantic in talks to acquire Flybe”

Sky News is reporting this evening that Virgin Atlantic is in talks to acquire Flybe.  See their report here. As we covered last week in some detail – see here for example – the airline has invited offers of interest from other airlines or investment […]

Bits: Air China’s amazing £1340 Oz / NZ deals return, Flybe’s Black Friday sale, Loganair launches Bournemouth

News in brief: Air China bringing back its amazing Business Class Oceania deals for Black Friday Air China is bringing back, for Cyber Week, the exceptionally strong deals it ran over Singles Day weekend in early November.  If you are happy to start your trip in […]

Flybe launches a ‘double Avios’ promo – and learn about their new loyalty strategy

Flybe is launching a new ‘double Avios’ Black Friday promotion today.  I sat down to discuss it with Flybe’s new Head of Loyalty, Oliver Ross, last week – I know Oliver from his previous role at Avios – and he also shared some ideas about […]

Why you shouldn’t be concerned about booking with Flybe

I was going to write an article about a good new Avios promotion that Flybe is about to launch, and about what I learned about their frequent flyer plans when I met their new ‘Head of Loyalty’ recently. I have decided to push that story […]

Bits: Flybe launches London City to Newcastle, do a tandem skydive with Hilton, IHG removes promo points cap

News in brief: Flybe launches London City to Newcastle Flybe, via its franchise partner Eastern Airways, has announced a new route from Newcastle to London City Airport. Starting on 7th January, flights will leave Newcastle at 08.05 and 17.50, with return services from London City […]

Bits: 80%-100% bonus buying Hilton points, BA introduces Pressreader, 15% off Flybe at Belfast

Some more news in brief as I try to clear the World Travel Market backlog!: 80% – 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points – save 55% in The Maldives! Until 18th December, Hilton Honors (the new-ish Hilton Tallinn Park, reviewed here, is pictured below) […]

Bits: Flybe drops its credit card – and should we buy the airline?!, new BA Lyon ski flights, Marriott’s new Bankside Hotel

News in brief: Flybe pulls its credit card from the market for new applicants Has the curse of Head for Points struck again?!  At a credit card conference in February I explained why – from the point of view of the issuer – the Hilton […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (6): Flybe Mastercard

This is my review of the Flybe Mastercard credit card. EDIT:  The Flybe Mastercard has now been withdrawn from the market for new applicants.  I have kept this review up as a reference article. It is part of my series of articles looking at the […]

Odd redemption deals you might not know – Emirates & easyJet, Etihad and Flybe

Emirates and Etihad, the two major UAE airlines, have a lot of high quality partnerships such as the Emirates deal with Qantas. They have have some lower quality or just plain weird partnerships.  Two of the oddest are: the Emirates partnership with easyJet, now six […]

Flybe increases its Avios earn rate by 50% – and the Flybe Avios scheme goes live

It is now four years since Flybe abandoned its own reward scheme and adopted Avios as its reward currency. Flybe recently hired a new Head of Loyalty (ex-Avios) and he appears to have set about making immediate changes. From 1st October, you are earning 50% […]

Let’s be clear ….. avios.com is NOT closing. Your questions answered.

A disproportionate percentage of my inbox in the last 6-8 weeks has been on the topic of the closure of the avios.com website. Despite (or perhaps because of) the correspondence from British Airways and Avios on this subject, there is substantial confusion over what is […]

How does ‘Part Pay With Avios’ work with Flybe?

Flybe is now one of the largest regional airlines in Europe.  It operates from over 30 UK and Irish airports, with major hubs at Manchester and Birmingham.  It has even started routes from London Heathrow Terminal 2 as I reviewed here. Back in 2014, Flybe abandoned […]

What is the best Visa or Mastercard travel loyalty credit card?

I get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or Mastercard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The Head for Points credit card guide covers many […]

Bits: BA innovates its long-haul deep clean programme, update on redeeming Avios for Flybe, MBNA closes its AA cards

News in brief: British Airways starts long-haul deep clean BA has been circulating some images internally of the innovative deep clean programme which has been taking place on all 120 long-haul aircraft. With surprising honesty, it says “Dirty interiors have been a source of complaints […]

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