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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.

Flybe sells its Gatwick slots for £4.5 million

Flybe slipped out an additional Stock Exchange announcement on Friday in the wake of the ‘big one’ on its proposed acquisition by a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium. Flybe has sold its remaining slots at London Gatwick to BA’s sister airline Vueling.  The price was £4.5 million. […]

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?

It was reported on Thursday that a Virgin Atlantic-led consortium will announce a bid for Flybe on Friday morning. This is a complex deal but, at the same time, there is a certain logic to it if the reports are correct. Various sources state that […]

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 […]

Virgin pilots strike cancelled, whilst Virgin Atlantic / Flybe talks continue

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.  It would only have impacted flights flown by […]

“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 one.  Much of Flybe is what was previously […]

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 the line anyway. The Government announced on Thursday that it will […]

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 […]

Flybe launches Black Friday sale

Whilst admittedly less exciting than £1,340 return Business Class flights to Sydney (sorry Flybe ….), Flybe is running its own good value promotion. The airline is offering 100,000 seats across its network for £25 one-way.  You must book between now and 26th November for travel […]

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 […]

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 at 09.45 and 19.30.  There is no service on […]

Get 15% off Flybe flights at Belfast City

Flybe is offering 15% off all flights to and from Belfast City which are booked by 16th November. You can book for travel dates up to 31st March 2019.  Routes include: Aberdeen Birmingham Cardiff Doncaster Sheffield Edinburgh East Midlands Exeter Glasgow Inverness Leeds London City […]

Flybe drops its credit card – and should we buy the airline?!

Flybe has pulled 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 Honors Visa […]

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