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.

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 […]

Bits: Flybe cuts at Cardiff, Doncaster, Norwich and Exeter, BA / AA US changes, Terminal 5 gets a (real) dinosaur!

News in brief: Flybe to close or shrink four UK bases 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 […]

Bits: Hilton flash sale for Australasia and SE Asia, Flybe launches Heathrow – Isle of Man, environmentally friendly amenity kits

News in brief: Hilton launches Australasia and South East Asia flash sale Hilton is running an Australasia and South East Asia flash sale which runs until Tuesday 2nd April.  See here for details. The deals are valid for stays until the end of January 2020! […]

Bits: the FT on BA wine, £50 Hilton cashback, good Norwegian / Economist deal, Flybe adds Guernsey & Jersey to Newquay

News in brief: The Financial Times on British Airways wine I would normally have let this go by, but I thought it was an interesting addition to my review last Saturday of the drinks offered in Emirates First Class, including a £250 Haut Brion and […]

Flights round-up: new BA Mykonos route, more Flybe to Heathrow, BA drops Orly, more Flybmi routes saved

There has been a lot of route news in the last few days so I thought I’d get it all out of the way in one round-up: New British Airways route to Mykonos – decent Avios availability British Airways has announced a new service from […]

Flybe is now officially owned by Virgin Atlantic and its partners – and is launching Heathrow to Guernsey!

A day ahead of schedule, the sale of Flybe’s operating assets to a Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group consortium completed on Thursday evening. Flybe Group plc is now a shell company with no trading businesses. This was despite last minute interest from a Mesa Air, […]

Virgin’s plans for Flybe revealed in the official scheme document – and which brand will be used?

HFP readers in the City may be interested in the formal scheme document for the sale of Flybe to a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium which was published yesterday.  You can download it here (PDF). If you can wade through the technical pages, there is some interesting information […]

Bits: Bournemouth Airport gets a lounge, Flybe launches Southend to Newquay, new Accor / Club Eurostar promo

News in brief: Bournemouth Airport to open an Executive Lounge Bournemouth Airport has announced plans to open its first Executive Lounge on 1st June. The picture below is taken from some pre-design work and is not necessarily going to be the final look but it […]

No more Avios earning or redeeming on Flybe from 30th April

Flybe and Avios announced yesterday that the Flybe / Avios partnership will come to an end on 30th April.  The full details are here. This is not hugely surprising, given the imminent takeover of the airline by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, although it is arguably a […]

Flybe surprise update: sale to Virgin Atlantic consortium restructured, shareholders bypassed, deal done!

There was a major development in the Flybe takeover saga this morning. It appears that the subsidiary of the quoted company, Flybe Group plc, which runs the airline has been sold to the Virgin Atlantic / Stobart Group consortium subject to a limited number of conditions.  […]

Bits: £1346 London to Seoul in Business, Flybe sells Gatwick slots, 5% off your ski holiday with SNO

News in brief: £1346 Business Class return from London to Seoul Air France and KLM have launched some aggressive business class fares from London to Seoul.  You can get as low as £1346 return for much of the year. I recommend starting at klm.com because […]

What does the Virgin Atlantic takeover of Flybe mean for Avios collectors?

All of the coverage of Virgin Atlantic’s proposed acquisition and rebranding of Flybe has, not surprisingly, focused on what it means for Flybe and for Virgin Atlantic. What hasn’t been discussed is what impact the deal will have on Avios. When I heard that Virgin […]

Virgin Atlantic unveils consortium bid for Flybe – to rebrand as Virgin Atlantic!

A Virgin Atlantic-led consortium, Connect Airways, has announced its recommended bid for Flybe. The offer is at just 1p per share (they were trading at 16p on Thursday) but it comes with a promise of a £100m cash injection. The deal has been recommended by […]

Virgin Atlantic to unveil consortium bid for Flybe today?

(EDIT: Please do not comment in this article.  Comment in the revised version at the top of the home page or click here as this contains the published facts. Thanks!) It was reported on Thursday that a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium will announce a bid for Flybe […]

How to use ‘Part Pay With Avios’ for flights on BA, Iberia, Vueling, Flybe and Aer Lingus

‘Part Pay With Avios’ has, apparently, been very successful since it was launched.  It allows you to redeem your points for a discount against a cash ticket, although in most cases you are not allowed to pay the entire price with points. (I’m not sure […]

Bits: Virgin pilots strike cancelled, new Hilton Curio opens at Canary Wharf, Virgin / Flybe talks continue

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic pilot strike cancelled The proposed Virgin Atlantic pilot strike, which we covered last week, has been blocked in the courts. The strike was due to run from today to Christmas Day and then on additional dates in the New Year.  […]

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