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Budget carriers Flybe and Easyjet have both launched credit cards offering free flights.
First up, Flybe is offering a Mastercard credit card through Sygma Bank UK. The card works in conjunction with the airline’s Rewards4All loyalty scheme, with cardholders earning one point for every £250 spent.
Redemption values start at 16 points for a UK return flight, rising to 24 points for a European return flight. Note though that the free flights cover the actual air fare only – taxes and charges must be paid for separately.
As an introductory offer Flybe is offering a free return European flight (again not including taxes) after the first purchase has been made on the card.
Meanwhile, Easyjet has teamed up with Citibank to offer a Mastercard credit card. Users earn one mile (equivalent to one pence redeemable against Easyjet flights) for every £1 spent in the UK, two miles for every pound spent overseas, and three points for every pound spent on Easyjet flights and products at easyjet.com. The advantage of this card is that points may be used to pay taxes and charges as well as the air fare.
Again there are introductory incentives – for the first three months cardholders will earn 10 points for every pound spent at easyjet.com rather than the usual three. In addition, any cardholder spending over £250 in their first three months will qualify for a bonus 4,000 miles, or £40 against an Easyjet flight.
The two new cards join the recently launched Lloyds TSB Duo card (offering Airmiles – see online news January 10 for details of its revamped loyalty scheme), and the Natwest Your Points scheme, which partners with American Airlines, Ebookers and Easyjet. Natwest had itself partnered with Airmiles until last year, and at present the Your Points scheme is only available to existing Natwest customers who had been previously been eligible for Airmiles.
For more information visit flybe.com,