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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.

Some Flybe flights now bookable (cheaper!) via Virgin Atlantic – but no mention of miles or tier points

We have, slowly, some proof that the integration of Flybe into the Virgin Atlantic schedules is beginning to gain traction. You can now book some – not all, but some – Flybe flights via the Virgin Atlantic website.  You can book them as standalone flights, […]

Bits: Flybe saved in Government deal, you can fly Qsuite from Manchester, Qatar Airways sale extended

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic credit card bonus update Yesterday we wrote about the impressive new sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card. The article contained two end dates, which was confusing!  The correct closing date for the 25,000 miles […]

BREAKING: Flybe on verge of administration (again)?

Sky News reported very late last night that Flybe is believed to be on the brink of administration. Regular readers will know that Flybe was acquired last year for, virtually, nothing (£2m) by a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and private equity group Cyrus […]

CONFIRMED: Virgin Group to retain control of Virgin Atlantic, share sale to Air France-KLM abandoned

On Sunday we were the first English-language source to publish the rumours that Virgin Group was attempting to cancel its agreed share share to Air France-KLM. You can read that article here. Sir Richard Branson has just confirmed the story on his personal blog.  To […]

Bits: BA Amsterdam lounge joins Priority Pass, 20% off Radisson redemptions, Flybe launches seven new routes

News in brief: British Airways lounge in Amsterdam joins Priority Pass We wrote back in July that BA had handed over control of the (fairly recently) refurbished British Airways at Amsterdam Schiphol to Prima Vista Group. As per Ground Handling International: British Airways customers travelling from […]

And the new Flybe brand will be ….

Flybe has just announced its new brand, following its takeover by a Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Air consortium. And it is …. Virgin Connect. This was my guess, and indeed much of the industry (the new holding company is called Connect Airways, after all).  What […]

Flybe turns London Heathrow to Guernsey into a year-round service

Back in March, Flybe launched a daily flight between Guernsey and Heathrow. The service was underwritten by the State of Guernsey to the tune of £800,000.  It was using the slot pair that Virgin had leased to now-bankrupt Cobalt Air for a Larnaca service. The […]

EU approves Virgin’s acquisition of Flybe following slot commitments

The European Commission has finally approved the acquisition of Flybe by the Virgin Atlantic-led Connect Airways consortium. It was not entirely pain free, with the airline required to surrender five daily slot pairs at Amsterdam Schiphol and three daily slot pairs at Paris Charles de […]

Update on Flybe’s loyalty plans now it has dropped Avios

Flybe is not launching a new loyalty scheme imminently, I was told this week. Flybe‘s partnership with Avios came to an end on 30th April. It is no longer possible to earn or spend Avios with Flybe, although existing redemptions will be honoured.  For clarity, […]

Last chance to book Flybe with Avios and to save your Flybe Avios account

Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April.  Details are on the Flybe website here. You will still earn Avios on any Flybe flights taken by 30th April (you must complete BOTH legs, not just the outbound).  You can also still book Flybe […]

WARNING: all avios.com accounts linked to Flybe will be closed on 30th April

Judging by my inbox, many Head for Points readers are not aware that they are at risk of losing a large chunk of Avios overnight on 30th April. Most of you will know that Avios and Flybe are ending their partnership on 30th April.  Details […]

Flybe to close or shrink four UK bases as it cuts back on jet aircraft operations

Flybe has announced that it will close its bases at Cardiff and Doncaster Sheffield at the end of the Summer season in late October. Flights using jet aircraft from Exeter and Norwich will also cease with only turboprop routes remaining.  Services from Norwich operated by Eastern […]

Flybe launching London Heathrow to Isle of Man

Flybe has announced a new service from Heathrow to the Isle of Man. Starting on 21st April and using a 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, it is initially scheduled to run for the Summer season to 26th October. It will, apparently, be the first direct flight […]

Flybe adds Guernsey / Jersey to Newquay service

Blue Islands is a Channel Islands-based airline which operates as a Flybe franchise.  It has just announced a new Summer route from Jersey and Guernsey to Newquay. Flights will operate from 3rd June to 31st August. There will be three services per week, on Monday, […]

Flybe adds a sixth daily flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh

Flybe has been moving quickly since its sale to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium completed this week. We have seen the announcement of Heathrow to Guernsey, using the Virgin Atlantic slot previously leased to bankrupt Cobalt Air. A fifth daily flight to Edinburgh, from 31st March, […]

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