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Your guide to the Executive Club, attaining status and earning Avios | 2022 edition

Your guide to the Executive Club, attaining status and earning Avios | 2022 edition

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i Preface
Firstly, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new members. We've created this short guide with you in mind which we hope covers all the basics you need to know about earning Avios and Tier Points as an Executive Club member. In addition, consider this as your crash course tutorial towards attaining status on BA. If there any nuances you are unsure about, please use this thread to post any questions you might have.


ii Contents
Introduction and overview of the Executive Club
Avios and Tier Points explained
Membership Tiers
Earning Tier Points
Earning Avios on flights
Earning Avios on hotel stays
Credit card partners
Earning through everyday spending
Exchanging other points for Avios


iii Acknowledgments
This guide is a collaborative effort, and could not have been produced without the kind contributions over the past 12 months and years beforehand from a wide body of members across our community

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Introduction and overview of the Executive Club

British Airways (BA) is a UK registered company and a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Airline Group (IAG). It is also a founding member of the oneworld global alliance.


01 The Executive Club

British Airways’ frequent flyer programme is called the Executive Club (BAEC). The main benefits of membership is that it provides a method of collecting points through a variety of channels, earn perks as you progress up the tiers which general makes the flying experience a little bit more comfortable than it would otherwise be.

Most frequent flyer programmes (FFP) are open to anyone to sign up for and the BAEC is no different. Enrolling is easy and can be done online on ba.com.

You also need to be 18 or over to join the BAEC. The only exception to this is the household account, which is explained in full in the Your guide to Household Accounts thread.

After successfully signing up to the BAEC, and obtaining a password, you can add a number of personal preferences into your profile, such as your contact details, default seating preference (window or aisle), your passport information and any dietary requirement you have. You will be set a membership year which initially lasts between 12 and 13 months. The actual duration is dictated by the date you join. For example, if you sign up on 12 January, your year end will be 8 February the following year. Similarly, if you join on 24 October, your year end will be 8 November the following year. After your first year has passed your membership year cycles in more regular 12 monthly intervals.

Please be aware that BA never changes membership year dates. Once you have a BAEC number, the membership anniversary is fixed for life. There is little point pleading for changes, the system simply will not allow it to happen.

Note, the Executive Club no longer encloses plastic membership cards in the welcome packs as these are now furnished in digital format, accessible either via the BA app or by download via ba.com.


02 Status match from other FFPs

BA very rarely gives out complimentary elite status or matches status from other FF programmes. The exceptions to this are:
  • If you’re an employee of a large corporation that has a deal with BA. Your best bet is to speak to your account manager to see what he/she can arrange.
  • Complimentary status can also come through contact with your local country office, generally through a business to business liaison.
  • Occasionally complementary status is offered if another airline pulls out a particular route that BA continues to serve, or goes into liquidation. FlyerTalk is a good place to monitor such developments.


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Avios and Tier Points Explained

01 Avios Points

Avios points are the currency of the BAEC and other frequent flyer and consumer loyalty programmes that operate under the Avios Group Ltd umbrella. Other AGL programmes include Iberia Plus, AerClub, Vueling Club, and Avios Travel Rewards Programme. It is also recommended that BAEC members also open an Iberia Plus account and/or AerClub account to ensure that you are ready for any deals that come up. Iberia Plus needs 90 days after activity to enable transfers, but they often have different, lower rates to BAEC and a different peak calendar.

You collect Avios when you fly with BA, its partner airlines and other oneworld airlines. You can also collect Avios on hotel stays, holidays and car rental, and when you're shopping, through deals with a wide range of partners. You can then spend them on flights and upgrades, on holidays and car rental depending on your location.

Your Avios stay with you as long as your account remains active so make sure to collect, spend, purchase or share some Avios at least once every 36 months. This can be done either by flying, staying at a partner hotel, or even by buying a low value item from an online merchant linked to Avios.


02 Tier Points

Most airline programmes work on the principle that if you fly a certain number of miles or fly in excess of a minimum number of flights in a twelve-month period, you’ll get elite status. Whilst the BAEC doesn’t work exactly like that, the principles are very similar.

Tier points are separate and different from the Avios points.

The BAEC was traditionally a reward programme principally aimed towards customers flying in premium cabins and on flexible tickets, rather than purely from accruing miles from flying. The emphasis has changed in recent years and the BAEC now offers value to a broader range of customers than ever before.

Each flown segment, with the exception of certain non-BA flights, will earn a certain number of Tier Points. Get enough Tier Points within the span of your membership year, and you get promoted to the next tier.


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Membership Tiers

There are four primary membership tiers in the BAEC

Blue entry level
Bronze equivalent to oneworld Ruby
Silver equivalent to oneworld Sapphire
Gold equivalent to oneworld Emerald

In addition to these, there is a upper Gold level called Gold Guest List (Gold GL or GGL) and Premier. The latter is an invitation only level.


01 Moving between tiers

The promotion process is not as simple as it could be at first glance. First off, in addition to accruing the Tier Points required to qualify for promotion to the next tier or retain at the current tier, you also need to fly either two (for Bronze) or four (for Silver or Gold) qualifying flights during your membership year.


02 What is a qualifying flight?

Examples of criteria used to determine a qualifying flight:

BA operated + BA flight prefix
BA operated + other flight prefix
Other carrier operated + BA flight prefix
IB operated + IB flight prefix

Note, reward bookings and agency or industry discounted bookings are not qualifying flights. BA/IB subsidiaries and franchise operated flights are though.

Your tier status will change as soon as you cross the next threshold, although there may be a few days lag for the system to reflect it. You will continue to accumulate Tier Points until your membership year end date. So for example, if your membership year ends on 8 January, a flight taken on 8 January will count towards your old year. Your Tier Point balance will be zeroed out on 9 January reflecting the beginning of a new membership year. If you fail to accrue the number of Tier Points (or meet the requisite number of qualifying flights) needed to retain your current level, you will drop to the level immediately below. This is often referred to as the soft landing.

There are often questions raised in FlyerTalk as to whether BAEC will assist those who narrowly miss the tier point thresholds at the end of the membership year. There is evidence of flexibility in terms of extending the membership year by a week or two, so if you are in need of some flexibility call your local service centre after the relevant flights have posted.

For comparison, the promotion and retention requirements and benefits of each tier are outlined below:


03 Blue



Blue is the basic level and is what you start on, for example if you register now via ba.com. Once you accrue the required number of Tier Points, you will be promoted to Bronze.


04 Bronze



Entry and retention requirements:
300 Tier Points (plus 2 qualifying flights) or 25 qualifying flights
Note, a reduced threshold for 2021/22 has been set at 225 Tier Points (plus 2 qualifying flights) or 18 qualifying flights

Bronze members enjoy a number of benefits in addition to those experienced by Blue members.
  • 25% bonus Avios on BA, IB, AA, and JL coded flights.
  • Allocate seats for yourself and other members in your party free of charge, up to seven days before departure (excluding exit row seats and all seats booked as Hand Baggage Only fares).
  • You may use a Club World, Club Europe and equivalent oneworld business class check-in desks, irrespective of what class of ticket you have.
  • Priority boarding


05 Silver



Entry and retention requirements:
600 Tier Points (plus 4 qualifying flights) or 50 qualifying flights
Note, a reduced threshold for 2021/22 has been set at 450 Tier Points (plus 4 qualifying flights) or 37 qualifying flights

Silver members enjoy a number of benefits in addition to those experienced by Bronze members.
  • 50% bonus Avios on BA, IB, AA, and JL coded flights.
  • Allocate seats for yourself and other members in your party free of charge, at the time of booking (excluding exit row seats in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus and all seats booked as Hand Baggage Only fares).
  • You may use a Club World, Club Europe and equivalent oneworld business class check-in desks, irrespective of what class of ticket you have.
  • Access to pre-flight dining, available at selected North American lounges including New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC
  • Check in 2 bags each weighing up to 32kg in all cabins, on all routes, unless the cabin allowance is greater. This applies to all passengers travelling on the same booking.
  • You and one guest may relax in a BA Galleries Club/Terraces/Executive Club and oneworld business class departure lounge. The guest must be travelling on BA or a flight operated by and prefixed with a oneworld carrier.
  • Reservation Assurance on full fare economy tickets, ensuring a seat even where the flight is full.
  • Priority boarding.


06 Gold



Entry and retention requirements:
1,500 Tier Points plus 4 qualifying flights
Note, a reduced threshold for 2021/22 has been set at 1,125 Tier Points plus 4 qualifying flights

Gold members enjoy a number of benefits in addition to those experienced by Silver members.
  • 100% bonus Avios on BA, IB, AA, and JL coded flights.
  • Allocate seats for yourself and other members in your party free of charge, at the time of booking, including exit row seats (this benefit is prohibited when travelling on a HBO ticket)
  • Allocate seat for a companion travelling on your flight, on their own booking. This cannot be done online. A "To Complete Party" request must made to your BAEC service centre.
  • You may use a First, Club World, Club Europe and equivalent oneworld first or business class check-in desks, irrespective of what class of ticket you have.
  • You and one guest may relax in a BA Galleries First and Club/Terraces/Executive Club or oneworld first and business class departure lounge.
  • Access to pre-flight dining, available at selected North American lounges including New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC
  • You may use a BA Arrivals lounge after travelling on a long haul flight, irrespective of class of travel.
  • Reservation Assurance on full fare economy tickets, ensuring a seat even where the flight is full.
  • Priority over Blue, Bronze and Silver Members on waitlists.
  • Additional reward availability in economy (V class)
  • Gold Priority Reward. This allows a redemption for double Avios points if revenue seats are on sale but no redemptions are otherwise available. Gold Priority Rewards can only be booked offline and 30 days notice is required.
  • No booking fee for reward flights using Avios. Fees apply when changing or cancelling redemption bookings (fees waived on Gold Priority Rewards)
  • At 2,500 Tier Points, you will be awarded with one Gold Upgrade For Two (GUF2) voucher that you and a companion can use towards an upgrade to the next cabin on a flight of your choice, subject to availability. This voucher is valid for one year. Voucher validity can be extended by 6 months upon request.
  • At 3,500 Tier Points, you will be awarded two Gold Upgrade for One vouchers, valid for one year
  • At 5,000 Tier Points, you will receive a Concorde Room Card and invitation to the Gold Guest List. The Concorde Room Card allows you to use the LHR and JFK Concorde Room lounges when you are not travelling First.


07 Gold GL



While strictly speaking Gold Guest List (GGL) is not a tier in its own right, it is in essence an upper subset of Gold. GGL offers the usual benefits that come with oneworld Emerald plus several exclusive, value added baubles when flying on British Airways.

Entry threshold: 5,000 Tier Points
Note, a reduced threshold for 2021/22 has been set at 3,750 Tier Points

Retention threshold: 3,000 Tier Points plus 4 qualifying flights
Note, a reduced threshold for 2021/22 has been set at 2,250 Tier Points plus 4 qualifying flights

To remain part of the list you need to continue to earn 3,000 Tier Points in each membership year going forward. There are several exclusive perks over and above the standard Gold membership benefits:
  • No booking, change or cancellation fees on reward flights
  • A twice per membership year redemption for up to 5 people (i.e. member and up to 4 others) booked into revenue classes (A, D, T, B) rather than award classes. Such GGL redemptions are known in some quarters as Jokers.
  • A dedicated priority service phone number with dedicated 24-7 support desk.
  • Gold GL members may invite up to five guests when travelling together on the same BA flight (or two when travelling on different BA or oneworld flights) into a BA operated Business or First departure lounge and may invite one guest into a BA Arrivals lounge.
  • At the beginning of your membership year, you can share your membership benefits by giving someone else an Executive Club Gold Partner Card plus two Silver Partner Cards to other persons of your choosing. Hard landing applies to Partner Cards
  • Complimentary Hilton HHonors Diamond status
  • At 5,000 Tier Points, you will receive a Concorde Room card
  • At 6,000 Tier Points, you will receive an additional Gold GL redemption "joker"

GGL benefits don't stop there. When you cross the 7,000, 8,000, and 9,000 Tier Point thresholds during your membership year, you will be invited to choose one of the following benefits:
  • An additional GGL Redemption Award, or
  • An additional two Gold Upgrade for One vouchers, or
  • 50,000 Avios

To obtain further information about the Gold Guest List, please visit the Gold Guest List beginner's guide thread.


08 Premier



Premier is an invitation only level. You can’t get to it by just flying a lot. The card is generally given to people that BA consider as being of commercial importance, and each new Premier has to be approved by the board.


09 Overview of tier benefits

The following graphic provides a summary of each tier and the additional benefits that can be untapped as you earn more Tier Points during your membership year. As reduced thresholds are currently in place, the applicable lower tier point targets are indicated in blue below the standard scale.




10 Two illustrative examples of how a member moves between tiers

The graphs below provide illustrative examples of how a member may move up (and also down) the elite tier ladder as his/her membership year rolls forward. It may appear scary at first glance but don't worry, the important steps are explained beneath. Note, the graphs show the normal tier threshold levels



Who travels religiously in BA Club World once every 36.5 days? Anyone you know? It really doesn’t matter - this graph provides an abstract example of how one might progress from Blue to Silver throughout the course of a single membership year. Assume all flights count for status and each accrues 140 Tier Points.

Flight 2 takes the Tier Point balance just 20 points shy of Bronze. With two eligible flights already in the bag, it is the third flight that triggers promotion, which will last for the remainder of the current membership year plus the entire year that follows.

But there is no stopping this guy. The fifth flight edges over the Silver threshold, the four eligible flights requirement is passed. As with the Bronze promotion that preceded the move to Silver, the new tier status will last for the remainder of the current membership year plus the entire year that follows.

At the beginning of the new membership year, Silver status is carried forward and all tier points accrued during the last year are reset to zero. The task ahead is to retain Silver for the next membership year, which as we can see is accomplished within the first six months. Well done you, Sir!



Lifestyles do change and often without warning. The graph above shows a flying pattern that flatlines four months into the membership year. As the member fails to accrue enough Tier Points to retain Gold status, or even enough to meet the Silver threshold, he drops to Silver at the beginning of the new membership year. With some airline FFPs the member will meet the ground with an unceremonious thump. Fortunately, with the Executive Club you’ll never be demoted more than one tier at the end of a membership year. This is commonly referred to as a soft landing. The Gold benefits are also retained for 7-8 weeks until the Gold card expires and the new Silver card lands on the doorstep.

With no flight activity at all during the second membership year, this member drops to Bronze at the beginning of the subsequent year, again landing softly. Silver benefits are retained until the card expires.

For more information and discussion, see A brief guide to moving between Tiers in the BAEC


11 Lifetime status

Lifetime Tier Points
Following the lifetime elite status concept adopted by other airlines, the Executive Club introduced Lifetime Tier Points in 2013. Lifetime Tier Points are simply the accumulation of the total number of Tier Points you’ve accrued since joining the Executive Club or for veteran members the calculation goes back to the date Tier Points were introduced to the Executive Club. All members irrespective of tier status (including Premiers) accrue Lifetime Tier Points whenever they fly and earn Tier Points for that flight. There are no conversions or transfers to worry about - one Lifetime Tier Point is added to your lifetime balance for every Tier Point you earn.

You can view your current lifetime balance by logging into your account on ba.com or on the BA mobile app.

What is the purpose of Lifetime Tier Points?
Simple. Once you amass 35,000 Lifetime Tier Points you will automatically earn a Gold membership for life. This entitles you to the usual Gold benefits without having to accrue 1,500 Tier Points each year to earn them. You will still need to accrue Tier Points to unlock the additional Gold benefits, such as Gold Upgrade for Two vouchers, partner cards, and also Gold Guest List benefits.

Once you reach 100,000 Lifetime Tier Points, you will automatically earn Gold Guest List membership for life. This comes with a Concorde Room Card and two annual GGL redemptions. Like the Gold membership for life, you still need to accrue Tier Points annually to unlock those additional GGL jokers etc.

Even as a Gold or Gold Guest List member for life, if you have not earned, redeemed, purchased or transferred Avios for 36 consecutive months, all Avios Points you have accrued to that date will expire.


12 Executive Club 2021/22 tier extensions

In response to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the related downturn in air travel, on 11 June 2020 the Executive Club announced a series of extensions and relaxations aimed at helping members retain their current status tier. Here the number of Tier Points required to cross each threshold or retain status tiers was reduced by 25%. As at the beginning of January 2022, the 25% reduction is set to continue to the end of this year. So members with a Tier Point collection end date in 2023 can still benefit from the reduced thresholds, provided they accrue the required number of Tier Points by 31 December 2022. From 1 January 2023 the reduced Tier thresholds will no longer apply.


For more information and related discussion on this topic, please visit the https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...21-update.html thread.


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Earning Tier Points

Unlike Avios points which can be earned through a multitude of activities, Tier Points can only be earned through the pursuit of flying and are earned on all commercial BA and oneworld fares (subject to a few exceptions). In very general terms, the longer the flight and higher the fare class the greater number of Tier Points you earn on each flight. When crediting Tier Points to your account, the Executive Club tracks the flight prefix and booking code.

Looking at the numbers of Tier Points earned per flight, these are general broken down into fixed range of flight distances: short haul (up to 2,000 miles), long haul (2,000 to 6,000 miles), and ultra long haul (over 6,000 miles and commonly referred to as Long haul plus) although there are three additional categories to consider:
  • BA flights between London and Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Madeira, Malta, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Sicily, and Turkey earn double the normal short haul Tier Point rates. This also applies to Finnair flights between the UK and Finland. These are commonly referred to as short haul plus (SH+) routes.
  • Iberia domestic flights, including flights between the Iberian peninsula and the Canary Islands, earn lower rates than other short haul flights, typically half the normal rate
  • BA and Qantas direct (one stop) flights between the UK and Australia earn 50% more Tier Points than long haul plus routes


Map indicating the majority of BA and Finnair short haul plus routes. There are other destinations in Greece not shown as well as seasonal routes to Turkey and Cyprus.


01 Earning Tier Points on Economy Class fares

On BA marketed flights, booked/ticketed with a BA-prefix
Tier Points earned on lowest price economy booking classes:


Tier Points earned on mid price economy booking classes:


Tier Points earned on Full (or "flexible") booking classes::


On oneworld partner marketed and operated flights in the following fare classes
Tier Points earned on lowest price economy booking classes:
  • American Airlines: B, G, N, O, and Q fares
  • Cathay Pacific: K, L, M, N, Q, S, and V fares
  • Finnair: A, G, N, O, Q, S, W, and Z fares
  • Iberia: A, O and Q fares
  • Japan Airlines: N and Q fares
  • Malaysia Airlines: L, N, S, and V fares. Note: G, O, and Q are not qualifying fare classes
  • Qantas: G, K, L, M, N, O, Q, S, and V fares. Note: E is not a qualifying fare class
  • Qatar Airlines: G, O, T, and W fares
  • Royal Air Maroc: G, P, and W fares
  • Royal Jordanian: H, K, L, M, N, O, Q, S, V, and W fares
  • S7 Airlines: L, M, N, O, Q, R, S, T, V, and W fares
  • SriLankan Airlines: N, O, and Q fares


Tier Points earned on mid price economy booking classes:
  • American Airlines: H, K, L, M, S, and V fares
  • Finnair: K, L, M, P, T, and V fares
  • Iberia: F, G, K, L, M, N, S, V, and Z fares
  • Japan Airlines: G, K, L, M, O, S, and V fares
  • Malaysia Airlines: K and M fares
  • Qatar Airlines: K, L, M, N, Q, S, and V
  • Royal Air Maroc: K, L, M, N, O, R, S, T, and V fares
  • SriLankan Airlines: L, R, S, and V fares


Tier Points earned on Full (or "flexible") booking classes:
  • American Airlines: Y fares
  • Cathay Pacific: B, H, and Y fares
  • Finnair: B, H, and Y fares
  • Iberia: B, H, and Y fares
  • Japan Airlines: B, H, and Y fares
  • Malaysia Airlines: B, H, and Y fares
  • Qantas: B, H, and Y fares
  • Qatar Airlines: B, H, and Y fares
  • Royal Air Maroc: B, H, and Y fares
  • Royal Jordanian: B and Y fares
  • S7 Airlines: B, H, K, and Y fares
  • SriLankan Airlines: B, E, H, K, M, P, W, and Y fares



02 Earning Tier Points on Premium Economy Class fares

On BA marketed flights, booked/ticketed with a BA-prefix
Tier Points earned on all Premium Economy fare classes:


On oneworld partner marketed and operated flights
Tier Points earned on all Premium Economy fare classes - including JL P class fares from 1 April 2021:



03 Earning Tier Points on Business Class fares

On BA marketed flights, booked/ticketed with a BA-prefix
Tier Points earned on all Business fare classes:


On oneworld partner marketed and operated flights
Tier Points earned on all Business fare classes:



04 Earning Tier Points on First Class fares

On BA marketed flights, booked/ticketed with a BA-prefix
Tier Points earned on all First fare classes:


On oneworld partner marketed and operated flights
Tier Points earned on all First fare classes:


Tier Points earned on flights operated by American Airlines within the United States are calculated per fare class rather than cabin. This means the Tier Points you earn for domestic First on AA two class services will be based on business class rates.


05 Earning Avios and Tier Points with upgrades

If you are travelling in a cabin higher than the original ticketed class, the number of Avios and Tier Points awarded for that flight does vary, depending on the circumstances of the upgrade. Here are some common upgrade examples and what you should expect to earn for each category:
  • If you upgrade your ticket using Avios (UuA) then you get the Tier Points and Avios of the purchased ticket, so if you upgrade a World Traveller Plus ticket to Club World, you get the World Traveller Plus Tier Points and Avios.
  • If you purchase an upgrade on a BA flight - either through Manage My Booking or at the airport, you will get the higher level of Tier Points. So going from World Traveller Plus to Club World, you would get the Club World Avios and Tier Points.
  • If you receive an operational upgrade, you don't get the extra Tier Points and Avios of the upgraded sector, just those in accordance with the paid class of service.
  • If you pay for an upgrade, and then get a further operational upgrade (e.g. World Traveller Plus to Club World to First), you should receive the paid for Tier Points and Avios (here Club World).
  • If you receive an operational upgrade and then pay for a further upgrade, you should only get the initial ticket level, in the above example World Traveller Plus Avios and Tier Points, but there are reports of passengers actually getting First Tier Points and Avios.
  • In general for most oneworld airlines no extra TPs are given for paid upgrades, but there do seem to be some exceptions. In order to help provide some clarity here is a list of oneworld carriers and their approach to awarding additional Tier Points on paid upgrades. "Yes" means you earn the upgraded Tier Points and Avios, "No" means the flight will credit at the originally booked level.



    American Airlines: No 

    Finnair: No 

    Cathay Pacific: Yes but CX bid upgrades are a no
    Iberia: No

    Japan Airlines: Yes on domestic (done at a standard supplementary amount), other JL flights won't get additional benefits

    Malaysia Airlines: No

    Qantas: No (Bid Now), however there seem to be cases where higher TPs were awarded
    
Qatar Airlines: No
    
Royal Jordanian: Yes (bid system). RJ often do not post Tier Points and Avios anyway and may well require retro-claiming.
    
S7 Airlines: No
    SriLankan Airlines: Yes (bid system)


06 Checks and follow throughs

It is important to check your account afterwards since you may not be automatically awarded the correct amount, and you may need to make a claim for the missing Avios and Tier Points. Depending on where your BAEC account is based, there may be an online webform for submitting these claims. There is a separate webform for BA partner airlines. Alternatively, erroneous credits or credits that normally post automatically but have not may be corrected on request by contacting your local Executive Club service centre.

General notes:
If booking class does not appear on ba.com lists, it earns nothing.
Check ba.com lists for details of route and flight exceptions.
Marketing airline, not operating airline, governs earning.

There is a known issue affecting flights Upgraded using Avios where the Avios and Tier Points do not post automatically. This issue is known to occur with bookings made through offline channels and/or when the booking has been changed after the booking has been upgraded. This can range from date and time changes to purchasing a seat number or adding/amending a special meal request. The problem here is with the booking system as it renders the keyword BA uses to track the flight booking unrecognisable. This is easily resolved post travel by contacting your local Executive Club service centre. After reporting this issue to the Executive Club, the correct Avios and Tier Points usually follow within ten working days.


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Earning Avios on flights

Well, we finally get down to the business of actually earning Avios!


01 Calculated the base mileage your flight(s) will generate

First off, you need to actually work out how long a trip you’re travelling on. Karl Wartz’s Great Circle Mapper is great online tool for determining the distances between two points in general.

The distances aren’t exactly what BA use, but they are pretty accurate for the purpose of calculated the base mileage. For BA earning specifically, you can use BA's very handy Avios and Tier Point Calculator. Another useful tool is orudge's excellent Unofficial Executive Club Calculator.


02 Guide to earning Avios and Tier Points on partners, codeshares and partner codeshares

This is a little complex, so all the combinations are outlined as follows. There are two key concepts:
  • The flight number/prefix. This can be the airline operating the aircraft, e.g. the BA005 from LHR to HND or that of a codesharing airline that sell seats on the same flight, such as Japan Airlines as the JL7080. As far as earning goes, it is the flight prefix in your booking that determines the number of Avios you will earn.
  • The operating carrier (or metal). That is the airline who actually operate the aircraft. In the example above, that is BA.

Applying this, the following scenarios are possible:
  • BA prefix, BA operated flight
    You earn Avios and Tier Points for a BA flight as per ba.com
  • BA prefix, oneworld partner operated flight
    You earn Avios and Tier Points for a BA flight as per ba.com
  • BA prefix, BA codeshare partner operated flight
    Where the partner in this case means a non-oneworld member e.g. China Southern. You earn as per a BA flight.
  • BA partner airline prefix, BA partner operated flight
    
You earn as per BA flight but typically would receive Avios only and no Tier Points.
  • BA partner airline prefix, BA operated flight
    
You earn in accordance with the relevant partner table. However the flight does count towards a BA metal flight needed to obtain status.
  • BA partner airline prefix, non-BA partner operated flight
    As a general rule, these flights do not earn Avios or Tier Points. See QF prefix/EK operated exception below
  • oneworld partner prefix

    You earn Avios and Tier Points in accordance to the relevant partner table. As an example, a Cathay Pacific (CX) flight will not earn you any status bonus and the class of service bonus is lower (25% for J, 50% for F). However, one exception to this rule exists with Finnair marketed, BA operated transatlantic services which earn Avios and Tier Points accordance with the BA earning table
  • oneworld partner prefix, oneworld partner operated flight
    You earn Avios and Tier Points as per the flight number you have bought. So if you bought a CX flight number on AA metal, you'd earn as per a CX flight.
  • oneworld partner prefix, non-oneworld operated flight
    For example, an AA flight number on JetBlue. You earn nothing. The rule is that both the flight number and the operating carrier have to be in oneworld to earn. Some have successfully had Avios and Tier Points awarded in this instance but that is the exception and very much not the rule.
  • BA prefix, Vueling operated flight
    You earn Avios and Tier Points
  • QF prefix, non-oneworld operated flight
    Flights booked under the Qantas code (QF) operated by a non-oneworld airline will earn Avios and Tier Points in all applicable QF selling classes (see below) unless operated by Jetstar in a class other than L class.

Some selling fare classes do not earn Avios and/or Tier Points. The tables below indicate the fare classes that do earn so if your fare code is not listed then it probably will not earn Avios or Tier Points. Also, award fares do not earn Avios or Tier Points at all. With BA, these are tickets booked into X, P, U and Z.

The actual number of Avios Points you earn on a flight is dependent on three factors:
  • Sector distance
  • Status
  • Class of service (or more importantly the booking class, also referred to as selling class)



03 Earning Avios on BA flights

Pay particular attention to the fare class, as this determines how many Avios points you will earn on each flight. Note the earning rates factor in the appropriate Cabin Bonuses. The minimum number of Avios collected will be pro-rated (calculated using the base distance x earning percentage) depending on the purchased fare class. The tier bonus is calculated as a straight forward percentage of the base distance.

For example, for a Silver member the short flight between LHR to AMS in Euro Traveller booked into O class will earn 125 Avios plus a 250 Avios Tier Bonus. In this case and for other short flights where the baseline figure of 500 mi is higher than actual flight distance (231 mi) the baseline is used to calculate both the number of Avios earned and the tier bonus.




04 Earning Avios on oneworld partner flights

At the beginning of 2022 there are fourteen active oneworld member airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, and S7 Airlines. In December 2018, Fiji Airways joined as a oneworld Connect member but at the time of writing BAEC collect and spend rates have yet to be finalised. LATAM exited oneworld on 30 April 2020 but from the perspective of the Executive Club transitioned into a partner airline.




























05 Earning Avios on EC partner flights





Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Earning Avios on hotel stays and accommodation

Avios points can be earned directly on qualifying hotel stays through BAEC’s network of hotel partners. However, there are many other ways to reap reward out of your hotel loyalty. As each chain has its own reward programme, and they do differ significantly from programme to programme, it is worth investigating the pros and cons before handing over your BAEC card at check in. It is worth remembering points earned as a member of a hotel programme can in many cases be transferred to the BAEC, and for the last 3-4 years BA has promoted such transfers with an annual 25% bonus.

Generally, taking the Avios will normally be a sub-optimal use of the hotel programme's potential although it may still be a useful option to some, particularly those who have a healthy network of friends and family spread across the globe, and only need to book hotel accommodation a few times per annum.


01 Accor Hotels



Participating brands and earning rates:
Earn 2.5 Avios per €2 spent at Sofitel, Pullman, Fairmont, Raffles, Swissôtel, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel, and Mercure properties
Earn 2.5 Avios per €4 spent at Ibis, Ibis Styles, and Thalassa Sea & Spa properties
Earn 2 Avios per €4 spent at Adagio properties
Earn 1 Avios per €4 spent at Adagio Access properties

You must also be a member of the Le Club Accorhotels programme to be able to collect Avios with this hotel group

Le Club Accorhotels points can be transferred into a BAEC account at the rate of 4,000 Le Club Accorhotels points to 2,000 Avios. Conversions can only be made in increments of 4,000 points

Click here for more information on Accor Hotels and Le Club Accorhotels programme.


02 Agoda.com



Earn up to 10,000 Avios per night with hotel, villa, and apartment bookings made via the agoda.com/britishairways portal.


03 Airbnb



Earn 2 Avios per £1/€1/$1 spend on Airbnb stays booked via the ba.com portal
6 Avios per £1/€1/$1 Avios welcome bonus for new Airbnb customers

Earn 3 Avios for every £1 spent on Airbnb Experiences.


04 Avios Hotels



Earn 15 Avios per £1 spend on hotels booked via the ba.com portal


05 Best Western Hotels and Resorts



Earn 500 Avios every time you book via bestwestern.com.

Best Western Reward points can be transferred into a BAEC account at the rate of 5,000 Best Western Reward points to 1,000 Avios


06 Booking.com



Earn 6 Avios for every £1 you spend only on booking.com/britishairways


07 British Airways Holidays



Earn 1 Avios for every £1 you spend on British Airways Holidays


08 Hotels.com



Earn 6 Avios per £1 spend without Hotels.com Rewards
Earn 3 Avios per £1 spend with Hotels.com Rewards


09 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts



Earn 500 Avios per stay at the Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Zilara, and Hyatt Ziva properties.

You will need to join World of Hyatt in order to credit your stays to your BAEC account

World of Hyatt points can be transferred into Avios in increments of 1,250 points into 500 Avios (5,000 HGP points minimum conversion). When you convert 50,000 points, you will earn a 5,000 Avios bonus.

Click here for more information on the World of Hyatt programme.


10 InterContinental Hotels Group



Earn 2 Avios per US$1 spent at Avid, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, EVEN, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resort, Hotel Indigo, HUALUXE, Kimption, Regent, and Voco properties
Earn 1 Avios per US$1 spent at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites
Earn 500 Avios per qualifying stays at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Macao and The Palazzo Las Vegas

Members must join IHG® Rewards Club, IHG’s loyalty programme in order to earn Avios.

Transfer IHG® Rewards Club points into Avios in increments of 10,000 points at the rate of 5:1

Click here for more information on IHG's Rewards Club programme.


11 Kaligo.com



Kaligo is an online hotel booking service. When you book with Kaligo.com you can collect between 5 and 20 Avios for every £1 you spend



12 Marriott



Earn 2 Avios for every US$1 spent at Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Design Hotels, Edition, Gaylord Hotels, JW Marriott, Le Meridien, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Vacation Club, Renaissance Hotels, Sheraton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, Tribute Portfolio, Westin, and W Hotel properties

Earn 1 Avios for every US$1 spent at AC Hotels, aloft, Courtyard by Marriott, Element, Fairfield Inn, Four Points, Marriott Executive Apartments, Moxy Hotels, Protea Hotels, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, and TownePlace Suites properties

You must be a member of the Marriott Bonvoy programme to collect Avios with this hotel group.

Marriott Bonvoy Points can be transferred into Avios, as follows:
3,000 Avios per 9,000 MBP
10,000 Avios per 30,000 MBP
20,000 Avios per 60,000 MBP
30,000 Avios per 90,000 MBP
40,000 Avios per 120,000 MBP

You can also receive 5,000 bonus Avios when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to Avios in one transaction


13 Rocketmiles



Rocketmiles is an online hotel booking service. Book your hotel stay with Rocketmiles and collect between 1,000 and 10,000 Avios per night


14 Vrbo



Earn 3 Avios per £1 spent


15 Executive Club Avios eStore Shopping Portal

You can also collect Avios for hotel stays, home shares, and longer term accommodation booked through the eStore portal. There is an extensive range of brands to choose from, including several global hotel chains such as Hilton, Radisson, Ramada, and Yotel. Earning rates do tend to chop and change from time to time with special Avios earning promotions on offer


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Credit card partners

Depending on where you live, you may be able to take out a BA affiliate branded credit card and earn Avios on purchases. The list below covers personal credit card products and is ranked by country. There are other business related products available. These are not currently listed here - you can however obtain information on credit cards tailored for SMEs on BA.com.

In addition to the products listed below, BA has other credit card partners, such as Barclaycard in UAE. These are not listed since these cards are no longer being issued to new customers.

Some cards offer companion vouchers which can be earned each year as a result of racking up card spend. The spend thresholds do vary from product to product. Furthermore, some products offer very generous sign up bonuses, particularly those issued by North American banks. While these five figure bonuses are certainly enticing, it is recommended you analyse for yourself the value of the card against the cost of redeeming Avios for flights as a member of the Executive Club.

For example, it now costs over £990 in taxes/fees/charges to redeem Avios for a Club World round trip from London to New York, or over US$1,680 for a Club World round trip from New York to London.

Note, the links contained below are clean and will take you directly to the relevant credit card page on ba.com or in the case of India, the ICICI Bank website. These are not affiliate marketing links unlike those you will find on travel blog sites which tend to deposit cookies that will extract personal information and track your internet movements.

01 Bermuda: Butterfield British Airways Visa Platinum


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...-cards/bermuda


02 Canada: RBC® British Airways Visa Infinite


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...t-cards/canada

Related thread discussions:
15% discount with RBC Canada BA Visa


03 Caribbean*: CIBC FirstCaribbean British Airways Visa Platinum


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ards/caribbean

* Eligible residencies: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St.Vincent and Grenadines , Turks and Caicos Islands, and Trinidad,


04 Denmark: British Airways World MasterCard by Resurs Bank


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...-cards/denmark


05 France: Carte Visa British Airways and Carte Visa British Airways Premium


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...t-cards/france


06 Hong Kong: Dah Sing British Airways Platinum Card (Visa)


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ards/hong-kong


07 India: ICICI Bank British Airways Premium (American Express)


Details here: https://www.icicibank.com/Personal-B...m-details.page


08 Italy: Agos British Airways Premier Card (Visa) and Agos British Airways Card (Visa)


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...it-cards/italy


09 Russia: Russian Standard Bank British Airways American Express Premium and British Airways World Mastercards


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...t-cards/russia


10 South Africa: British Airways Credit Card


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...s/south-africa


11 Sweden: British Airways World MasterCard by Resurs Bank


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...t-cards/sweden


12 Switzerland: Diners Club British Airways Card, Cornèrcard British Airways Gold MasterCard, and Cornèrcard British Airways Classic MasterCard


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...ds/switzerland


13 United Kingdom: British Airways American Express and British Airways American Express Premium Plus


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...redit-cards/uk

For further information and discussion:
BA American Express credit card
BA American Express 2-4-1 Voucher Discussion
No problems with a 2-4-1


14 United Kingdom: Barclaycard Avios and Barclaycard Avios Plus



Details here: https://www.barclaycard.co.uk/personal/avios

For further information and discussion:
New Barclaycard Avios and Avios Plus credit cards


15 United States of America: British Airways (Chase) Visa Signature®


Details here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...edit-cards/usa

For further information and discussion:
BA Chase Visa Signature Card (USA) [Master thread]
Chase BA Companion Ticket $30,000 Spend
10% off BA Flights with Chase BA Visa


16 Other credit cards

There are other lucrative credit card earning opportunities out there, albeit indirect. In Spain you can collect Avios as a member of the Iberia Plus programme with one of Iberia's cards (Amex, Visa, Mastercard). These points can be transferred into an Executive Club account with relative ease using BA.com's Combine my Avios. Similarly, Member Reward points accrued through Amex spend and Chase Ultimate Reward points can be transferred over to the BAEC, often with a very attractive bonus. Hotel programme affiliate credit cards are other examples that present opportunities to ripen point balances within their respective programme for later transfer into your BAEC account.

For more information, please refer to the Exchanging other points for Avios section of this guide.


17 Further reading

Raffles maintains an excellent overview on all UK airline and hotel affiliate credit cards on his headforpoints site. It is well worth a visit.


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Earning Avios through everyday spending

Here is a summary of the Avios earning opportunities available via everyday spending. Note, many of these category descriptions were shamelessly lifted from BA.com. The vendors do change from time to time, so it's worth visiting BA.com for periodic updates.


01 British Airways Avios eStore

The BA Avios eStore is an online shopping portal that allows BAEC members to collect Avios when shopping at a large number of online retailers, including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Argos. The typical collection rate is 2 Avios for every £1 spent, though it can be as high as 12 Avios per £1.

A separate eStore exists for BAEC members in the United States, but eStore is not available elsewhere.

To use the eStore need to enter the portal via your BAEC login, go to the relevant store from within the portal - it will start in a separate window - and shop online within that window. It is important to complete the transaction from within the window launched by eStore, you should not login directly to the retailer if you want your Avios points. Avios points will be awarded automatically within 40 days of purchase.

Note that many retailers exclude certain items such as gift vouchers from the reward scheme. To check on your eStore transactions, click on My Transaction History on the top right of the BA eStore screen.


02 Magazine and newspaper subscriptions

The Spectator
Current subscriptions purchased through the BA.com portal earn between 5,000 and 12,500 Avios Points.
  • Collect 5,000 Avios on a six month digital subscription
  • Collect 6,250 Avios on a six month combined digital/print subscription
  • Collect 10,000 Avios on a one year digital subscription
  • Collect 12,500 Avios on a one year combined digital/print subscription

03 Wine Clubs

The Wine Explorer
The Wine Explorer is run by Laithwaites Wine, and operates in a similar way to the BA eStore. It is open to UK residents, who need to log in via BAEC and then select the shopping option under the Collecting Avios menu. There is an additional registration stage for The Wine Explorer.

You can collect Avios on purchases of wine, champagne, spirits, and beer. 250 Avios are awarded for every case of 12 bottles purchased. 1,000 bonus Avios points are awarded with the first order.


04 Car Rental

Avis
BAEC members are offered competitive rental rates with excellent benefits in most markets such all inclusive insurance and a free additional driver with every rental.

BAEC members earn 5 Avios per £1 spent, with a maximum of 10,000 Avios per rental

There is also a 1,000 Avios bonus when you join Avis Preferred

Budget
Collect 2 Avios per £1 spent when you rent with Budget, with a maximum of 10,000 Avios per rental

Avis Zipcar
Earn 1,000 Avios when joining Zipcar. Earn 50 Avios per reservation.


05 Cruise bookings

Cruise118
Collect 3 Avios per £1 spent with Cruise118 on all major cruise line by providing your booking agent with your British Airways Executive Club membership number


06 Airport parking

ParkVia
You can earn up to 5 Avios per £1 spent on airport parking (UK and international airports)

Valet parking at London Heathrow
You can earn 5 Avios per £1 spent the you prebook valet parking at London Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5


07 Airport lounges

Lounge Pass
Collect 5 Avios per £1 spent, when you book on the British Airways Lounge Pass website. Please visit https://www.loungepass.com


08 Rail transfers

Heathrow Express
Collect 5 Avios per £1 spent on tickets. You can buy tickets and get the Avios via their App (which is super convenient).

For more information, please visit https://www.heathrowexpress.com/avios


09 Other retail

Chic Outlet Shopping Villages
Collect five Avios for every £4 or €4 you spend in any one of the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages, including Bicester Village just an hour from London. Just present your Executive Club card (or proof of membership) and shopping receipts at the Village Welcome or Tourist Information Centre on the day of your visit to collect your Avios.

Bicester Village, London
Kildare Village, Dublin
La Vallée Village, Paris
Las Rozas Village, Madrid
La Roca, Barcelona
Fidenza Village, Milan
Maasmechelen Village, Brussels
Wertheim Village, Frankfurt
Ingolstadt Village, Munich
Shanghai Village, Shanghai
Suzhou Village, Suzhou

65B Hackett Members Club
Collect up to 10 Avios for every £1 you spend in-store or online. You need to register as a 65B member to participate


10 High Life Shop

You can collect Avios when you buy items from the High Life Shop, either on board, or when you shop online, or pre-order. Collect two Avios for every £1 you spend, rounded up to the nearest pound.


11 Online surveys

Rewards for Thoughts
Rewards for Thoughts allows you to collect Avios by taking online surveys

There is currently a 600 Avios sign up bonus on offer which posts within a week of completing your first survey. Thereafter, you will receive emails offering you to participate in lifestyle surveys whereby you can will collect 25 Avios for short surveys (9 minutes and under) and 50 Avios for long surveys (10 minutes or longer).

e-Rewards
Earn 600 bonus Avios when you complete your first survey within 2 months of registering.


Introduction and overview of the Executive Club | Avios and Tier Points explained | Membership Tiers | Earning Tier Points | Earning Avios on flights | Earning Avios on hotel stays | Credit card partners | Earning through everyday spending | Exchanging other points for Avios

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Exchanging points accrued on other programmes into Avios

01 Nectar (UK residents only)



Nectar is a loyalty card scheme in the United Kingdom, run by Nectar 360 Ltd. The scheme is the largest in the United Kingdom and comprises a number of partner companies including Sainsbury's, Esso and eBay. You can now convert your Nectar points and Avios in either direction when you link your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts.

The conversion rates are 400 Nectar points to 250 Avios and vice versa

For more information on the BAEC Nectar partnership, please join the discussion in the BA announces Avios partnership with Nectar thread


02 Heathrow Rewards (No domicile restriction)



Receive 1 point for every £1 you spend in shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, at car parks and on pre-booked Heathrow Express tickets, and 1 point for every £10 exchanged at Bureaux de change. (Excludes tobacco and certain other products and outlets. Read the Heathrow Rewards terms and conditions for details.)

As an Executive Club Member you can then convert your points for Avios in increments of 250 points. 250 points will give you 250 Avios.

If you're not currently a member and wish to join Heathrow Rewards, an initial visit to ba.com for available sign-up bonuses.


03 American Express Membership Reward points (No domicile restriction)



Certain American Express cards offer Membership Reward points for purchases. The amount of points varies considerably between the different cards offered by Amex. The Reward points can then be transmitted to BAEC (and a long list of other loyalty programmes) via an online menu. There is an initial registration process to link your BAEC card number to Membership Rewards - this can take 2 weeks to be completed - but thereafter any transferred Reward points will arrive in your BAEC account within a few days.

The conversion rate may vary depending on the country. In the UK, 1 Membership Reward Point will transfer over as 1 Avios point, there is a minimum transfer of 1,000 Reward Points / Avios. In Hong Kong it is 15 MR to 1 Avios. There are sometimes promotions with bonus Avios points awarded above the normal 1 to 1 exchange rate. Reward Points can also be transfered into Iberia Plus' frequent flyer programme at the same rate.


04 Chase Ultimate Rewards (US domicile)



Similar to American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards allows you transfer points to your BAEC account at ratio of 1:1. All Chase transfer partners let you move your points at a 1:1 ratio. For more information, please visit the Ultimate Rewards - Airline and Hotel Transfer Partners, Rules, Timelines, (2017 on) thread posted in the Chase | Ultimate Rewards forum


05 BAme Rewards



You can convert your BPme Rewards points into Avios, collect 25 Avios for every 40 BPme points converted


06 Transfer from (and to) other IAG programmes

Iberia Plus (No domicile restriction)



Avios collected in your existing Iberia Plus account can also be transferred into your existing BAEC account using the "Combine My Avios" tool on ba.com. Note, Combine My Avios does not apply to accounts that are less than three months old.


AerClub and Vueling Club



If you are an AerClub and/or Vueling Club member, the Avios you collect and spend are held in a single Avios bank account stored on the Common Avios Platform. Any Avios accrued via a BAEC and/or IB Plus are stored on separate stand alone platforms but you can transfer Avios between accounts using the Combine My Avios tool.

Note: points for United Airlines flights can be credited to AerClub then transferred over to your Executive Club account



The BAEC and IB Plus programmes are expected to migrate onto the Common Avios Platform in the near future although at the time of writing there is no fixed implementation date. When the migration happens, all your Avios will be stored in a single bank account which will allow you to collect and spend via any of the programmes you belong to without having to manually move Avios between accounts. The diagram below will give you a picture of what the future arrangement might look like:





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Trying to figure out how to credit split flights to different programs. I flew on an AA ticket, and I had two BA flights on it among some AA flights. I initially had both BA flights set to auto-credit to AA, but seeing as that failed, I'm going to request a retro credit. I'm thinking I would like to credit one of those two flights to BA as I'm switching loyalties, but I'm unclear - if I put in the ticket # in the Missing Avios form, will it auto-claim ALL flights from that ticket, or will I have the option to select some flights? I absolutely must credit one of the flights to AA, but the other can go to BA. Thanks for any advice on how to do this properly.
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Bit confused about the baggage allowance for silver tier. In the OP it says the following:
  • Check in 2 bags each weighing up to 32kg in all cabins, on all routes, unless the cabin allowance is greater. This applies to all passengers travelling on the same booking.

but the BA website says:
  • a checked baggage allowance of two pieces in economy for everyone on your booking (except on hand baggage only (Basic) fares)*


So, would i get any checked luggage travelling on HBO long haul fare or not?
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Originally Posted by Deckter View Post
Bit confused about the baggage allowance for silver tier. In the OP it says the following:
  • Check in 2 bags each weighing up to 32kg in all cabins, on all routes, unless the cabin allowance is greater. This applies to all passengers travelling on the same booking.

but the BA website says:
  • a checked baggage allowance of two pieces in economy for everyone on your booking (except on hand baggage only (Basic) fares)*


So, would i get any checked luggage travelling on HBO long haul fare or not?
On a BA operated flight you booked on a long haul HBO fare you get no checked bag allowance at all. This applies even for status passengers I am afraid. I guess the reference post perhaps doesn't include the caveat that it doesn't apply to HBO fares.
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On a BA operated flight you booked on a long haul HBO fare you get no checked bag allowance at all. This applies even for status passengers I am afraid. I guess the reference post perhaps doesn't include the caveat that it doesn't apply to HBO fares.
Thanks KARFA. Basically, i would need to avoid BA operated segments in order to benefit from luggage allowance on basic economy OW fares? AA, AY, IB operated should be fine?
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