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Your guide to the British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program

Reward yourself with Avios when you fly with British Airways and its partners.

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The Executive Club is British Airways' frequent flyer program with over 10 million members across the world. Members can earn Avios reward points when flying with British Airways and its oneworld partners.

Collect more Avios and Tier Points to unlock a whole host of benefits including:

  • Rewards flights. Fly with British Airways and its partners including Qantas, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific and more.
  • Pay for extras. Use your Avios for upgrades, seat selection and baggage.
  • Book travel. Use Avios to pay for hotels, car rental and experiences.

How do you become an Executive Club member?

You can join the British Airways Executive Club online for free but you must be 18 years or older. As of 23 September 2021 British Airways has re-opened membership to Australia and New Zealand meaning you no longer need to register with an eligible address outside of Australia.

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Flights

You can earn Avios when you fly with British Airways and its partner airlines in the oneworld Alliance. The number of points you'll earn will vary, but you'll earn a minimum of 125 to 1,500 Avios per flight. If you know where you're flying and which airline you're travelling with, you can use the Avios calculator on the British Airways website to see an estimate of how many Avios you can earn.

You can also use the table below to see the minimum number of points you could earn depending on your travel and fare class.

Travel classFare classAvios awardedMinimum aviosTier points
EconomyFlexible (Y,B,H)100% of miles flown500100%
Low (K,L,M,N,S,V)50% of miles flown25050%
Lowest (Q,O,G)25% of miles flown12525%
Premium economyFlexible (W)150% of miles flown750100%
Lowest (E,T)100% of miles flown500100%
BusinessFlexible (J,C,D)250% of miles flown1,250100%
Lowest (R,I)150% of miles flown750100%
FirstFlexible (F)300% of miles flown1,500100%
Lowest (A)250% of miles flown1,250100%

You'll also earn more points depending on which Executive Club tier you're in. Bronze members earn 25% bonus Avios, Silver members get 50% extra Avios and Gold members enjoy 100% bonus Avios.

Partnered airlines

You can also earn Avios and Tier Points with partnered airlines in the oneworld Alliance, which includes:

airberlin
Finnair
Iberia
LATAM
Royal Jordanian
SriLankan Airlines
S7 Airlines

Flights booked under the Qantas code (QF) that are operated by a non-oneworld airline will earn Avios and Tier Points unless operated by Jetstar (except if it's in L class).

Credit cards and travel money cards

Sign-up bonus offers on credit cards are one of the best ways to earn a large amount of frequent flyer points. Unfortunately British Airways doesn't have any credit card offers in Australia and you can't transfer points from even the most premium cards like the American Express Platinum Card.

While you can't earn or transfer points on cards with British Airways directly, you can look towards oneworld partners like Qantas.

As members of the oneworld Alliance you can earn and redeem points across airlines. In this case you can choose to earn British Airways Avios on a Qantas flight or choose to redeem a British Airways flight with Qantas Points.

If you're using a prepaid travel money or multi-currency card you can also add pounds and euros to make travel bookings or shop with British Airways partners to earn Avios per $1 (see shopping and travel below).

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Hotels

You can also earn 1 Avios for every £1 when you book accommodation with one of the Executive Club's 12,000 partnered hotels and resorts. You can compare the different earn rates you can expect depending on where you're staying below:

Partnered hotelEarn rates
Accor Hotels
  • 2.5 Avios for every €2 spent when you stay at hotels including Sofitel, Pullman and Novotel.
  • 2.5 Avios for every €4 spent when you stay at hotels including Ibis, Ibis Styles and Thalassa Sea & Spa.
  • 2 Avios for every €4 spent when you stay at Adagio hotels.
  • 1 Avios for every €4 spent when you stay at any Adagio Access aparthotel.
Airbnb
  • 3 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spent on stays.
  • 6 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spend as a welcome bonus if you haven't used Airbnb before
  • 3 Avios for every £1 spent on Airbnb Experiences
Avios Hotels15 Avios for every £1 spent
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • 500 Avios every time you book via bestwestern.com
  • Best Western Rewards members can get 1,000 Avios for every 5,000 Best Western Rewards points converted.
Booking.com6 Avios for every £1 spent on booking.com/britishairways
Hotels.comMembers may choose to:
  • Collect up to 6 Avios per £1 spent without earning Hotels.com Rewards
  • Collect up to 3 Avios per £1 spent and earn Hotels.com Rewards
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 Avios for each eligible stay at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts worldwide, and brands of Hyatt hotels including Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels.
InterContinental Hotels Group
  • 2 Avios for every US$1 spent at over 4,700 hotels worldwide, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn
  • 1 Avios for each US$1 spent at Candlewood Suites or Staybridge Suites
  • 500 Avios per qualified stay The Venetian Resort – Las Vegas and Macao or The Palazzo – Las Vegas
Kaligo.comBetween 5 and 20 Avios for every £1 (or equivalent) spent on Kaligo.com bookings.
Marriott International
  • 2 Avios for every US$1 spent on full-service hotels including Marriot Hotels, Sheraton, The Ritz Carlton, Westin and W Hotels
  • 1 Avios for every US$1 spent on other hotels including Marriot Executive Apartments, Residence Inn, Aloft and Courtyard
RocketmilesEarn between 1,000 - 10,000 Avios per night.
VrboEarn 3 Avios per £1 spent or currency equivalent.

If you belong to a partnered hotel loyalty program (such as Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, Le Club AccorHotels and Marriott Bonvoy), you can also convert your hotel points to Avios.

Shopping and travel

Earn up to 15 Avios for every £1 spent on over 1,100 brands including Apple, Selfridges and Marks and Spencer.

To earn points just log in to your British Airways Executive Club account and shop in the British Airways Avios eStore.

Here are some of the travel partners you can earn Avios with:

PartnerAvios points per £1 spent
Booking.comUp to 8 Avios*
ViatorUp to 12 Avios*
AgodaUp to 9 Avios*
Quality CottagesUp to 8 Avios*
Hard Rock HotelUp to 12 Avios*
Thistle hotelsUp to 12 Avios*
Guoman HotelsUp to 12 Avios*

* The number of Avios earned per £1 spent can vary, these figures were sourced 29 September 2021.

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping on the estore:

  • Using vouchers or offer codes might result in you collecting less or no Avios points.
  • You won't earn points on postage or delivery costs.
  • Not all partners may offer international shipping.

Car rental and parking

Whether you're taking a road trip or booking a car for work, you can also earn Avios with the following participating car rental services:

  • Avis. Earn 5 Avios per £1 spent and get a free additional driver with every rental.
  • Budget. You'll earn 2 Avios per £1 spent with Budget rentals.
  • Zipcar. You'll collect 1,000 Avios when you join Zipcar and an additional 50 Avios for every booking.

Parking

You can also earn Avios when you reach your destination with the following options:

  • Airport parking. Earn 5 Avios per £1 spent when you book parking at an eligible airport.
  • Valet parking. You can also earn 5 Avios per £1 spent when you pre-book a meet-and-greet parking service at a UK airport.

Compare Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards

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Name Product Bonus points Rewards program Rewards points per $ spent Purchase rate p.a. Annual fee
Citi Premier Qantas Card
80,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
0% for 6 months, reverts to 21.49%
$175 for the first year ($350 thereafter)
Get 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in the first 90 days and a 0% purchase rate offer. Plus, a first-year annual fee discount.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
20.74%
$450
Up to 100,000 bonus Qantas Points (75k when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months and 25k in year 2). Plus, a yearly $450 Travel Credit.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
180,000
Qantas Business Rewards
1.25
0%
$450
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get up to 180,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 in the first 2 months. Plus, a $450 Qantas Flight Voucher.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
N/A
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
20.74%
$0
Earn uncapped Qantas Points for every $1 dollar spent, plus an ongoing $0 annual fee.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.74%
$249
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
Qantas Premier Platinum
80,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99%
$225 for the first year ($299 thereafter)
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months and save with a reduced first-year annual fee.
NAB Qantas Business Signature Card
100,000
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.66
18.5%
$295
Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 on everyday business purchases in the first 60 days. ABN required.
David Jones American Express Card
N/A
Membership Rewards
1
20.74%
$99
Receive $200 credit when you spend $1,500 outside David Jones within the first 3 months from card approval.
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How much are Avios points worth?

The value of your Avios points depends on what you're redeeming them for. In the case of flights, the points cost can vary depending on whether it's peak or off-peak (see more about how many points you need for a free flight below.)

How to calculate the value of rewards points

Once you've worked out how to calculate the value of an Avios point, head to the Executive Club website to see how much rewards cost.

How many Avios points do I need for a free flight?

The most obvious way to spend your Avios is on flights with British Airways and its oneworld partners.

Reward flights start at 6,000 Avios, but the price you'll pay will depend on the date, destination and class of travel. You can use the Reward Flight Calculator on the British Airways website to get an estimate of how many Avios you'll need to book your reward flight.

If you don't want to spend all of your Avios on one flight, you can also opt to cover the cost using both Avios and cash.

Can you use Avios points to upgrade to business class?

Yes, if you've already booked a flight with British Airways with cash, you can also use your Avios to upgrade to a better cabin class. This option is available on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights.

You can only use your Avios to upgrade flights to the very next class. So on a short-haul flight, you could upgrade from economy to business. If you're on a long-haul flight, you can upgrade from economy to premium economy, premium economy to business, or business to first class.

These upgrades are subject to availability, so keep this in mind when you're booking your flight and planning to upgrade.

What else can you redeem Avios points for?

Hotels

As well as flights and upgrades, you can use your Avios to save on travel costs by using your Avios to book hotel stays. You can use your Avios to book accommodation with thousands of hotel partners including Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Marriott and more. You can browse your options on the Avios website.

Car rental

You can redeem your Avios to rent a vehicle with partnered car rental services such as Avis. You can browse available car rental options based on the location, vehicle type and rental dates on the Avios website.

Experiences and wine

From an action-packed theme park visit to a relaxing spa treatment, you can also use your Avios to redeem a bunch of experiences from the Avios eStore. You can browse your options based on your preferred experience and the number of Avios you're looking to spend on the Avios website.

As well as experiences, you can also use your Avios to purchase a range of wines from the British Airways website.

Although there are plenty of ways for you to spend your Avios, you should keep in mind that using them to pay for flights and upgrades usually offers better value for your Avios. So, make sure to compare your options and the monetary value of the rewards you can redeem before you spend your Avios.

Can you buy extra Avios points?

Yes, if you want to give your Avios balance a quick boost you can purchase Avios. Purchase as few as 1,000 Avios or up to 200,000 for yourself or a guest.

How do Executive Club's Tier Points and status tiers work?

When you first join the Executive Club, you're automatically enrolled in the Blue beginners tier. As you earn Tier Points when you fly with British Airways and its partners, you can ascend to Bronze, Silver and Gold for more exclusive frequent flyer perks. We've outlined what you need to do to reach a tier and the benefits you can expect below.

Note: Tier Points are different from Avios and can't be redeemed for rewards. Tier Points expire at the end of each membership year (the anniversary of when you joined the Executive Club). However they get added to your Lifetime Tier Points which you can use to get Gold membership for life (see Gold membership).

Blue tier - British Airways Executive Class

Blue membership

Blue status members are just at the start of the Executive Club journey. As a Blue member you're entitled to:

  • Earn Avios. Start collecting Avios to redeem on rewards.
  • Earn Tier Points. This is how you'll climb the ladder up through the Executive Club status levels.
  • Exclusive members-only offers. One of the main perks for being a member is to get exclusive offers not available to the general public.
  • Save details and preferences. Pre-fill your details to save time when booking.
There are no requirements at the Blue membership level.
Bronze tier - British Airways Executive Class

Bronze membership

Reach Bronze status and you'll get all the perks available to Blue members and the following perks:

  • Priority check-in and boarding. This is where you really start to feel the perks of status.
  • Free seat selection 7 days before departure. Choose where you sit instead of being assigned.
  • 25% bonus Avios. Earn 25% more Avios, letting you accrue points for bigger rewards even faster.

To get to Bronze level you must attain 300 Tier Points and fly with British Airways on at least 2 eligible flights per year.

Silver tier - British Airways Executive Class

Silver membership

Silver status members can enjoy all the perks available to Bronze members plus the following:

  • Access to business lounges. Kick your feet up and relax before your flight in an Executive Club business lounge.
  • Free seat selection. Choose your seats when you book.
  • Extra baggage allowance. Take an extra piece of checked luggage up to 32kg.
  • 50% bonus Avios. Enjoy more Avios on every purchase.

To reach Silver status you must attain 600 Tier Points and fly with British Airways on at least 4 eligible flights per year.

Gold tier - British Airways Executive Class

Gold membership

Gold status is the peak of the British Airways' Executive Club. Gold members enjoy all the perks of previous tiers plus the following:

  • First class check-in and boarding. Enjoy priority so you have more time to relax before the flight.
  • Access to First lounges. Unwind in a First lounge, the ultimate in comfort. Access the Arrivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 on long haul flights.
  • Additional reward flight availability.
  • 100% bonus Avios. Collect twice as many Avios from all sources.
  • Complimentary Avis Priority rental service. Your rental cars will be delivered directly to the Arrivals Hall at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

To keep rewarding Gold members there are additional perks available to Gold members who earn even more Tier Points.

  • Free upgrades. At 2,500 Tier Points you'll receive a voucher for an upgrade to the next cabin of your choice. At 3,500 Tier Points you'll get 2 Gold upgrade vouchers.
  • Exclusive lounges access. At 5,000 Tier Points (and from 3,000 Tier Points in subsequent years) you gain access to the Concorde Room in both London Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK Terminal 7.
  • Perks for partners. Also at 5,000 Tier Points you'll receive 2 Executive Club Silver Partner Cards and 1 Gold Partner Card so that you can share your benefits with people of your choice.

If you manage to earn 35,000 Lifetime Tier Points you'll be awarded Gold Membership for life which will automatically renew each year.

Gold status requires you to attain 1,500 Tier Points and fly with British Airways on at least 4 eligible flights per year.

Can you transfer Executive Club points?

Yes. You can transfer up to 27,000 Avios to another Executive Club member each calendar year. This counts as activity for both the person sending and the person receiving points.

How does the British Airways Executive Club compare?

It's worth joining if you fly regularly with British Airways or visit the UK for business. To help you decide, compare Australia's Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity programs.

For a quick overview to see how the frequent flyer programs compare in terms of status perks, here's what you can expect at each program's Silver tier.

FeatureBritish Airways Executive ClubQantas Frequent FlyerVelocity Frequent Flyer
Bonus points25%50%Up to 50%
Priority reservation waitlistYesYesYes
Airline allianceYes, oneworld AllianceYes, oneworld AllianceNo
Preferential seatingYes (7 days before departure)YesYes
Extra baggage allowanceNoYesYes
Priority check-inYesYesYes
Lounge accessNoYesYes

Although British Airways has one of the longest expiration periods and offers tier members a bunch of benefits, it doesn't offer frequent flyers as many perks as Qantas and Velocity (especially if you're flying out of Australia).

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    MiriAugust 4, 2019

    How do you open British airways miles program we have flight coming up and would like to get points.
    Thank you
    Miriam

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      NikkiAugust 5, 2019

      Hi Miriam,

      Thanks for your question! You can join the British Airways Executive Club online for free. If you are from Australia, unfortunately, Australian residents are unable to join the British Airways Executive Club. If you do regularly fly with British Airways, you’ll need to register with an eligible address outside of Australia. You could use a family member or colleague’s address if they live in the UK, but that’s where they’ll send your membership card.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    DanielAugust 3, 2019

    My wife and I flew from JFK to PHX on American and I would like to get credit on my BA account.

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      NikkiAugust 3, 2019

      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If you booked a flight with American Airlines, you can complete a British Airways claim form or a partner airline claim form. You’ll find these forms from British Airways’ website. You’ll just need to include your ticket number and boarding pass details to submit a claim. The Avios will take between 7 and 28 days to appear in your account. If you recently joined the British Airways Executive Club, you can also claim Avios and Tier Points for eligible flights flown within three months prior to joining.

      You can also refer to our guide in claiming frequent flyer points after a flight for more details.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    DannyJune 19, 2019

    I am an executive member of British Airways but don’t get the benefit of choosing a seat. It still wants to charge me on manage my booking it with my executive member number.

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      JeniJune 21, 2019Staff

      Hi Danny,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      As a friendly reminder, you have reached Finder, a general information and comparison website. While we do not represent any company we feature on our pages, we can offer you general advice. Kindly contact British Airways on your experience as well as the charge you’re questioning about so they can research and check further on this matter, as well as giving you accurate info on being an executive member of British Airways.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    PennyMarch 28, 2019

    How do I find out my membership number?

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      JhezMarch 29, 2019Staff

      Hello Penny,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you have forgotten your membership number/username you will need to contact your local Executive Club service centre.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    ElenaMarch 5, 2019

    How do I get registered as a Frequent Flyer? We travelled to Australia on Business Class and would like to benefit from the advantages that we can have.

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      NikkiMarch 6, 2019

      Hi Elena,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As it says on our page – “You can join the British Airways Executive Club online for free. Unfortunately, Australian residents are unable to join the British Airways Executive Club. If you do regularly fly with British Airways, you’ll need to register with an eligible address outside of Australia. You could use a family member or colleague’s address if they live in the UK, but that’s where they’ll send your membership card.”

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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