British Airways Summary Table
- Home Country United Kingdom
- Major Hubs London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City
- Airline Alliance Oneworld
- Points Are Worth 1.3 cents/point
- Signature Lounge Galleries First Lounge, Concorde Room
- Earn Points/Miles
- Redeem Points/Miles
- Airline Review
- Airline Fees
- Award Chart Link
Branded and Partnered Credit Cards
There are tons of credit cards that can help you earn a bunch of Avios that can be redeemed for some amazing flights.
British Airways Credit Cards
The most simple method is using Chase’s co-branded British Airways card.
|Loyalty Program||Card Review|
|British Airways Executive Club||Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card|
Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards
Earning Chase Ultimate Rewards might be the best way to find your way to a ton of Avios. Chase cards have plenty of bonus categories to boost your Avios account.
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel card that earns valuable points and it comes with a big 60,000 sign up bonus (highest ever & valued at $750), after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. The annual fee is $95.|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you 1.5% cash back on all purchases. A good card to get after the Sapphire Preferred because then you can transfer your cash-back into points (which is how you maximize value).|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - This is a premium travel rewards card with a higher annual fee, but it'll get you into a lot of airport lounges (Priority Pass). The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $450 annual fee.|
Recommended Chase Cards (Business)
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and comes with a whopping 80,000 sign up bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This bonus is worth $1,000. You can earn lots of points by leveraging the cards bonus categories.|
|Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card - earn $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. In addition, get up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses. A simple, $0 annual fee card.|
American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards
Like Chase, earning Membership Rewards is a quick way to get your hands on tons of Avios thanks to tons of bonus categories.
Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)
|The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year. |
Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
|American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x). |
With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.
Recommended Amex Cards (Business)
|The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Even though this card carries a hefty annual fee, we get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card. |
Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and a lot more. Also, earn a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points (terms apply). For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
|American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.|
|The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of The Blue Business Plus, click here.|
Marriott Credit Cards
Earning Marriott points is another great way to get some Avios. The transfer bonus of 5,000 Avios for every transfer of 60,000 Marriott points just makes it even better.
Other Hotel Partner Credit Cards
A few hotel programs will let you transfer points to British Airways. However, this is almost always a poor use of hotel points.
Unless you are really in a bind, save your hotel points for hotel award stays at your destination.
British Airways Airline Overview
British Airways’ mileage program is Executive Club, and Avios is the reward currency.
You can collect Avios not only on British Airways flights, but also through partner airline flights, hotel stays, car rentals, credit card use, and even shopping and dining.
You can also purchase Avios if you are short of a reward, share them with a Household Account, or transfer them to friends for a fee.
Joining British Airways Executive Club
Joining the British Airways frequent flyer program is easy and free. Sign up online and begin collecting and redeeming Avios immediately.
BA Executive Club members can create a Household Account of up to 6 people living at the same address. Avios are then pooled and reward redemptions drawn from the combined balance.
There are some important restrictions about Household Accounts:
- One person is the Head of Household who can add/remove members or change the address (1 address change allowed per 6 months)
- You cannot redeem rewards for members not in the Household, except up to 3 people added to the Friends and Family list (changes only allowed once per 6 months; from first change you have 24 hours to complete all changes before the 6-month freeze)
- Household Accounts cannot use the Combine My Avios tool to move Avios between BA and Iberia; instead you’ll need an Avios.com account
How to Sign in to Your British Airways Executive Club Account
Sign in on the British Airways homepage. You’ll need to enter your login ID and PIN/password.
Viewing Your Account Activity
You can manage your account on the My Executive Club page.
Avios expire after 36 months without activity. Any activity where you earn, redeem, or share points resets the clock.
British Airways Mileage Program
British Airways Executive Club Elite Status
British Airways Executive Club has 4 status tiers:
- Blue (general member)
Executive Club Blue:
- Earn and redeem Avios
- No travel benefits
Executive Club Bronze:
- All Blue benefits, plus:
- 25% Avios bonus
- Priority check-in and boarding
- Free seat selection 7 days prior to departure
Executive Club Silver:
- All Bronze benefits, plus:
- 50% Avios bonus
- Free seat selection at booking
- Additional baggage allowance
- Business class lounge access
Executive Club Gold:
- All Silver benefits, plus:
- 100% Avios bonus
- First class lounge access
- Additional reward flight availability
- Reaching 2,500 Tier Points: 1 companion upgrade voucher
- Reaching 3,500 Tier Points: 2 companion upgrade vouchers
- Reaching 5,000 Tier Points: Concorde Room access at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK Terminal 7, plus gift 1 Gold and 2 Silver status to others
Value of British Airways Executive Club Elite Status
Many travelers aspire to Executive Club Gold for access to BA first class lounges and Oneworld Emerald status for partner airline first class lounges. Even with Gold, however, you do not get the flight upgrades that are a treasured perk of many competitor programs.
Executive Club Silver is primarily distinguished for business lounge access. Executive Club Bronze is a typical entry-level elite status. At these levels, some travelers opt in to alternate Oneworld programs such as American Airlines AAdvantage.
Earning British Airways Executive Club Elite Status
To reach each level of Executive Club status, you must earn a set number of Tier Points each year:
- Bronze: 300 Tier Points
- Silver: 600 Tier Points
- Gold: 1500 Tier Points
See the Executive Club Tier Points guide and calculator to estimate how your flights on British Airways and partners will earn Tier Points (or not).
|Airlines That Award Tier Points|
|American Airlines||British Airways||Cathay Pacific||Comair|
|Royal Jordanian||S7 Airlines||SriLankan Airlines||SUN-AIR of Scandinavia|
Lifetime Executive Club Gold
Many road warriors track their Lifetime Tier Points in hopes of reaching 35,000 for Lifetime Gold. There is no lifetime status for Bronze or Silver. Some dedicated flyers go on “Tier Points runs,” which are the BA equivalent of mileage runs.
With Bronze, Silver, and Gold status you also receive a corresponding Oneworld status (Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald) and the associated benefits when flying with Oneworld partner airlines.
|Executive Club||Oneworld Alliance|
How To Earn Avios
There are tons of ways to earn Avios that you can redeem for flights on British Airways or one of their partners.
Earn Avios by Flying BA
Every time you fly with British Airways or any of its partner carriers, you will collect a minimum of 125 Avios per flight.
Unlike the U.S. where miles earned are progressively becoming more monetary-based, this means you can still make “mileage runs” and earn extra Avios by having many transfers on your itinerary.
Your Avios and Tier Points earnings depend on travel class and fare class.
Executive Club elite status members earn even more Avios: 25% bonus for Bronze, 50% bonus for Silver, and 100% bonus for Gold.
Earn Avios by Flying BA’s Partner Airlines
BA partners with Oneworld airlines and several additional airlines, including Alaska Airlines and Iberia.
Each partner is subject to its own Avios and Tier Points earning rules. It gets complicated, so check carefully.
Earn Avios With Credit Cards
There is only 1 British Airways branded credit card: the Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card. You will earn 3x Avios for British Airways purchases and 1x Avios for other purchases.
British Airways also has partnered with 3 transferable points programs. These partnerships make it easy to transfer points to your Executive Club account whenever you need some Avios for an award booking.
Other Ways to Earn Avios
See our best ways to earn lots of British Airways Avios article for many opportunities to earn Avios with British Airways travel and retail partners. Plus, earn even more when shopping with the British Airways Avios eStore shopping portal.
How To Redeem Avios
What is British Airways Executive Club?
The Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer program.
Why should I join British Airways Executive Club? What are the benefits?
BA Executive Club is free to join.
You can earn points, called Avios, that can be redeemed for travel on BA, its airline partners, and for other things.
Elite status levels in the Executive Club are Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Benefits of status include earning additional bonus miles while flying, discounts on in-flight purchases, priority check in, free bags, lounge access, standby access, seat assignments, and more.
What are Avios?
Avios are the points in British Airways Executive Club. Avios is now the points currency of additional airlines include Aer Lingus and Iberia, though each program remains separate and has its own elite status and award options.
What are Tier Points?
Tier Points are earned on British Airways and partner flights. Executive Club elite status is earned by Tier Points: 300 for Bronze, 600 for Silver, 1,500 for Gold. Use the Avios and Tier Points Calculator to find out how much you will earn for your flight.
Is there a British Airways credit card?
How do I join the BA Executive Club?
You can sign up for the club by using this link.
What is the BA Executive Club login?
You can sign in to your Executive Club account here.
Who are the BA Executive Club partners?
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