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.

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.  […]

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 […]

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