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. When members fly with the airline and its partners they can earn Avios reward points, which they can then redeem for flights, upgrades, hotels and more. This guide will explain how you can collect Avios, the rewards you can redeem and how the Executive Club compares to other frequent flyer programs.
How to join the British Airways Executive Club
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.
What is my British Airways Executive Club membership number?
You’ll be assigned an Executive Club membership number when you sign up, which you can use to log in to your online account and quote when booking flights or claiming Avios.
If you have lost or forgotten your Executive Club membership number, try to find any confirmation emails or letters that might list it. If not, you'll need to get in touch with the British Airways Executive Club customer service team to confirm your number.
How to earn Executive Club Avios
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 class||Fare class||Avios awarded||Minimum avios||Tier points|
|First||Flexible (F)||300% of miles flown||1,500||100%|
|Lowest (A)||250% of miles flown||1,250||100%|
|Business||Flexible (J,C,D)||250% of miles flown||1,250||100%|
|Lowest (R,I)||150% of miles flown||750||100%|
|Premium economy||Flexible (W)||150% of miles flown||750||100%|
|Lowest (E,T)||100% of miles flown||500||100%|
|Economy||Flexible (Y,B,H)||100% of miles flown||500||100%|
|Low (K,L,M,N,S,V)||50% of miles flown||250||50%|
|Lowest (Q,O,G)||25% of miles flown||125||25%|
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.
You can also earn Avios and Tier Points with partnered airlines in the oneworld Alliance, which includes:
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).
You can also earn Avios 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 hotel||Earn rates|
|Agoda.com||Up to 10,000 Avios per night booked via Agoda.com.|
|Airbnb||Earn 3 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spent on stays, plus a 500 Avios welcome bonus if you haven't used Airbnb before|
|Best Western Hotels & Resorts||500 Avios every time you book via bestwestern.com.|
|Hyatt Hotels & Resorts||500 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||Up to 2 Avios for each US$1 spent at over 4,700 hotels worldwide, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn.|
|Kaligo.com||Between 5 and 20 Avios for every £1 spent on Kaligo.com bookings.|
|Langham Hospitality Group|
|Marriott International||2 Avios for every US$1 spent.|
|Rocketmiles||Earn between 1,000 - 10,000 Avios per night.|
|Trip.com||3 Avios per €1 Trip.com booking.|
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.
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. You can collect a minimum of 500 Avios per booking with Avis.
Budget. You’ll earn 2 Avios per £1 spent with Budget rentals (with a minimum earn of 250 Avios).
Maggiore. You’ll collect 2 Avios per €1 spent (with a minimum earn of 500 Avios).
Zipcar. You’ll collect 1,000 Avios when you join Zipcar and an additional 50 Avios for every booking.
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.
If you book holiday packages, which usually include flights, accommodation, car hire and sightseeing, you’ll also earn 1 bonus Avios mile for every £1 you spend. This in addition to the points you’d usually earn for the flight and car rental.
If you want to give your Avios balance a quick boost you can also purchase up to 100,000 Avios for yourself or a guest.
Claiming missing Avios
If you booked a flight with British Airways or one of its oneworld Alliance partners but forgot to quote your frequent flyer number during the booking, you can complete a British Airways claim form or partner airline claim form. 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.
See our guide to claiming frequent flyer points after a flight for more details.
Executive Club status tiers
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.
|Priority boarding||Yes||Yes||Yes, first-class check-in|
|Free seat selection||Yes (7 days before departure)||Yes (at booking)||Yes (at booking)|
|Bonus Avios||25% bonus Avios||50% bonus Avios||100% bonus Avios|
|Collect tier points||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Save details and preferences||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Exclusive member offers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Extra baggage allowance||No||Yes||Yes|
|Lounge access||No||Yes, to business lounge||Yes, to first lounge|
|Additional economy class reward flight availability||No||No||Yes|
How can I reach the tiers?
You’ll need to earn the following Tier Points and meet the travel requirements to reach these tiers.
|Membership tier||Tier Points||Other conditions|
|Gold||1,500||Fly with BA at least 4 times and earn 1,500 Tier Points|
Once you’ve reached 35,000 Tier Points you can secure Gold membership for life. Your Tier Points expire at the end of each membership year (at the anniversary of when you joined the Executive Club). However, they will then be added to your Lifetime Tier Points which you can collect to get to Gold membership for life.
Redeeming Avios for rewards
The most obvious way to spend your Avios is on flights with British Airways and its oneworld partners. Reward flights start at 8,000 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.
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 starting at 3,750 Avios. 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.
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.
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 website. 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 BA 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.
How does British Airways Executive Club compare?
Although it’s difficult for Australian frequent flyers to join the British Airways Executive Club because of the residential restrictions, it can still be worth joining if you regularly fly with British Airways or visit the UK for business. To help you decide, we’ve compared the program with Australia’s Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity programs.
Your Avios won’t expire so long as you spend or redeem your Avios at least once every 36 months. If you don’t, your Avios will expire and you won’t be able to spend them. Velocity imposes the same expiration conditions, but Qantas Points will expire if your points have been inactive for 18 months.
Qantas, Velocity and British Airways Executive Club members can all earn status credits or Tier Points to ascend the status levels to enjoy more benefits. To give you an idea of how the perks compare, let’s look at the different benefits you can expect when you belong to the Silver tier of each program.
|Feature||British Airways Executive Club||Qantas Frequent Flyer||Velocity Frequent Flyer|
|Bonus points||25%||50%||Up to 50%|
|Priority reservation waitlist||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Airline alliance||Yes, oneworld Alliance||Yes, oneworld Alliance||No|
|Preferential seating||Yes (7 days before departure)||Yes||Yes|
|Extra baggage allowance||No||Yes||Yes|
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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