British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer program

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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

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 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.

Partnered airlines

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

airberlin
American Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LATAM
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
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).

Hotels

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
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.
Agoda.com Up to 10,000 Avios per night booked via Agoda.com.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts 500 Avios every time you book via bestwestern.com.
Fiesta Rewards
  • Up to 2,000 Avios when you stay a minimum two nights at Live Aqua Hotels, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels, Fiesta Americana Hotels and Fiesta Inn Hotels. Also, receive 1,000 Avios for every 3,000 Fiesta Rewards points converted.
  • 1,000 Avios for every 3,000 Fiesta Rewards points converted.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts
  • Up to 1,000 Avios per stay at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
  • 500 Avios per stay at both Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.
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.
Kerzner International Resorts Collect 2 Avios per US$1 spent with Atlantis, One&Only and Mazagan resorts.
Langham Hospitality Group
  • 500 Avios per night at Langham Hotels & Resorts and Cordis Hotels & Resorts.
  • 250 Avios per night at Eaton Hotels.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 800 Avios at selected Mandarin Oriental hotels.
Marriott International 2 Avios for every US$1 spent.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Collect 500 Avios per stay.
Radisson Hotel Group 500 Avios per stay at select hotels in the Radisson Hotel Group, including Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn by Radisson.
Rocketmiles From 1,000 Avios per night.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Between 2 and 3 Avios per US$1 spent with participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 500 Avios per stay.
Trip.com 3 Avios per €2 Trip.com booking.

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

Car rental

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 100 Avios per day with Budget rentals.

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.

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. Collect up to 250 Avios when you pre-book valet parking at London Heathrow airport. You can also earn 5 Avios per £1 spent when you pre-book a meet-and-greet parking service at a UK airport.

Holiday packages

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.

Buying Avios

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.

Tier perk Bronze Silver Gold
Priority boarding Yes Yes Yes, first-class check-in
Priority check-in Yes Yes Yes
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 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
Blue 0 N/A
Bronze 300
  • Fly with BA twice and earn 300 Tier Points, or
  • Take a total of 25 BA flights
Silver 600
  • Fly with BA at least 4 times and earn 600 Tier Points, or
  • Take a total of 50 BA flights
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

Reward flights

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.

Flight upgrades

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.

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 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.

Point expiry

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.

Status comparison

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
Priority check-in Yes Yes Yes
Lounge access 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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    NeilApril 12, 2018

    I have been a member of BA Frequency flyer for several years and still and am booked to fly BA. However I have moved from initial work email contacts to retirement email contacts. In that time I have also forgotten the initial password. I did try and sort the issue out a few years ago with the Johannesburg call center but with little success. Advice please. thanks

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      NikkiApril 13, 2018Staff

      Hi Neil!

      Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      Sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty logging back into your email. To clarify, are you trying to log into your email? If yes, you’d need to contact the call center of your email provider. If its your BA frequent flyer account, you’d have to contact the call center of British Airways. Please note that we’re a product comparison website and we hold no affiliation with any company we feature on our site. We provide general information on products to assist you in your buying decision process hence we cannot recommend product/service that is rightfully fit for you.

      Hope this clarifies!

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    jerryJune 20, 2017

    how do I join the BA frequent flyer program. I fly to Warsaw tonight. Thank you. Jerry

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      DanielleJune 20, 2017

      Hi Jerry,

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      You may register or join the British Airways Executive Club Frequent Flyer Program for free through their website. You may also contact them through their hotline for further assistance.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
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    SanjeevApril 29, 2017

    Can I earn air miles from my children’s flight booking?

    • finder Customer Care
      LouApril 30, 2017Staff

      Hi Sanjeev,

      Thanks for your question.

      With British Airways Executive Club, you will earn Tier Points and Executive Club status individually. However, you can still earn points when booking children’s flight by setting up a Household Account. Even children can join in this account, so everyone in your family can collect Avios each time you travel.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    SueApril 23, 2017

    Hello. How do I earn points by booking a Heathrow express ticket in advance? How can I prove it.. Ie do I have to email you with details everytime I book a train ticket or buy an item? How do I go about getting points from you when I use any of your hotels or Avis car rental etc… Ie how do I go about getting the points from you? I am confused. It all sounds very complicated.

    • finder Customer Care
      LouApril 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your question.

      Kindly note that we are finder.com.au, a financial comparison and information website. We do not represent the British Airways.

      To collect Avios on eligible purchases and bookings, you’ll have to present your BA Executive Club card or quote your Executive Club card number at the time of booking, reservation or payment.

      There are a number of ways you can collect Avios, you can refer to our list above.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    SueApril 23, 2017

    Hello. I wonder if someone can help me please. I will be flying on an international flight with BA in a few days time. I have often used BA and had never thought of joining until I noticed a friend and her family got free air tickets per sé from all their accumulated points.

    Is it to late for me to join and use my airline ticket number to collect points? I only fly in 10 days time but have already bought my ticket to Heathrow.

    Thank you so much for your assistance.
    Have a lovely day.

    Mrs S.

    • finder Customer Care
      LouApril 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can earn British Airways Executive Club Avios miles retrospectively. British Airways allows you to claim Avios and Tier Points for any British Airways flights flown within three months of your joining date.

      You’ll need to sign-up and log in to your Executive Club account, select the “Claim missing points” option and enter the required details. Make sure you have your ticket number and boarding pass handy. British Airways flight claims will normally be processed within seven days.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    MAHESHApril 2, 2017

    We have Family account of BA frequent flyer for many years . Now want to add 3 grand children names. How to go about it.

    • finder Customer Care
      LouApril 4, 2017Staff

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can add new members to your family list by logging into your online Executive Club account at British Airways website.

      Kindly note that when adding an individual to your Family list, you must provide their full name, date of birth and email address. You are also asked to provide their Executive Club account number, however this is optional.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    jorgeFebruary 2, 2017

    Am I a member of your frequent miles program?

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      LouFebruary 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Jorge,

      Thanks for your question.

      Kindly note that we are finder.com.au, a financial comparison and information website that helps consumers make better decisions. We do not represent any frequent flyer program.

      To become a frequent flyer member, you’ll be required to sign-up for an account, using your personal information. If you can’t remember signing up, generally, you’ll not automatically become a member.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    JJJanuary 26, 2017

    I have 110000 avios and I have been told I can get a business free ticket for myself and a companion to fly from NYC to Sydney Australia

    • finder Customer Care
      LouJanuary 26, 2017Staff

      Hi JJ,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, you can redeem your Avios points for reward flights with British Airways, Iberia and other oneworld partner airlines for you and another companion, subject to the availability of seats for your desired destination and flight schedule. You’ll normally have to pay Avios plus a cash amount for paying taxes, fees and carrier charges.

      To book a flight, simply head to the British Airways website, click on the ‘Executive Club’ tab and choose ‘Spending Avios.’ Select ‘Reward Flight’ where there is a button to book a flight. You’ll have to log-in to your account to process this.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    DrNovember 24, 2016

    I have lost my frequent flyer number. Please could you let me have it from your records.
    Thank you

    • finder Customer Care
      LouNovember 24, 2016Staff

      Hi Dr Alan,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Please note that finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information website that helps consumers make better decisions. We do not represent British Airways.

      If you have lost or forgotten your Executive Club membership number, try to look for any confirmation emails that might list your membership number. If none, please get in touch with British Airways Executive Club customer service team to confirm your number.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    StevenNovember 1, 2016

    how many points do i need to travel in business class from Chennai to Toronto. One way ticket.

    • finder Customer Care
      MayNovember 1, 2016Staff

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for your question.

      If you wish to know how many Avios points you’ll need for a one-way business ticket, you can use the Reward Flight Calculator on this page to compute.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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