How to earn Avios points when your child flies

As most people know, children cannot join British Airways Executive Club in their own right.

There is, however, no need to miss out on any Avios points when your children are flying on a cash ticket. They can become a member of a Household Account and therefore earn Avios and tier points.

But, of course, there is a snag if you are a member of a Household Account – you can only redeem your Avios for members of the Household Account or the six people on your ‘Family and Friends’ list.  That was a definite ‘no-go’ for me, since I often redeem miles for different people and needed full flexibility to redeem for anyone.


How do you get around this?

I took a slightly oblique route to get around these conflicting points.

My children sit in a Household Account with two of their grandparents. My wife and I each retain our stand-alone BAEC accounts.

This gives us the best of both worlds:

  • I can benefit from the Avios points when my children fly, via a Household Account with their grandparents
  • I can continue to redeem my Avios for absolutely anyone as required without being restricted by the ‘Family and Friends’ rules

How do you add a child to a Household Account?

First, you need to have a Household Account, which means deciding which adult BAEC member you want to be the head. If that person is not already a BAEC member, they need to sign-up.

Inside ‘Manage My Account‘ on, when you are signed-in, is an option called ‘Apply For A Household Account‘. You can then issue invitations to people who you want to join your account.

Once the Household Account is formed, you can easily add a child. The head of the Household Account will see an option inside ‘Manage My Account’ called ‘Change My Household Account’. There is a button here called ‘Add New Member’. You can add a child during this process with no problem – the application will not be rejected if they are under 18 years old, unlike a standard BAEC application.

A sneaky tweak

There is one interesting tweak you can do if you are taking a child who will not be flying with BA again for some reason.

If a Household Account is broken up, the accounts belonging to any children are closed and the miles are transferred to the head of the account.

So … if you are flying somewhere but you don’t imagine that your kids will be doing any further long-haul BA travel for the next few years, you may want to work with this. Add the kids to your Household Account, take the flights and then break up the Household Account. The miles will go onto your Avios account, and your account – now that it is not part of a Household Account – can be used to book redemptions for anyone.

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  1. Do your children live at the same address as their grandparents as I thought a household account was only for people who live together at the same address?

  2. BA Website/Executive Club/Household Accounts:

    Family and Friends.

    Once you have a Household Account, you can create a list of family and friends, so you can spend your Household Avios on more people who are important to you, and who don’t live at the same address as you.

  3. Why not transfer points to an avios account and book for anyone from there?

  4. Off topic but my wife is due with our first child next March and I’m looking for some advice on a first family holiday. She’s a teacher so we’re looking forward to finally taking advantage of some cheap deals in early September after the schools go back as she’ll be on Maternity leave. Looking for somewhere nice and warm (but not too hot), with a nice hotel and pool (preferably which we could book using points, but not essential) and with amenities within easy walking distance i.e. shops, bars, restaurants etc (so not a resort in the middle of nowhere). Basically somewhere which will be as relaxing and easy as possible with a new born child. Was thinking maybe Italy, Croatia or Greece but we’ve never been to any of them. All suggestions greatly appreciated.

  5. Hello there!

    When you say ‘Break Up’, do I simply click ‘Remove Member’ from the household account? Will this automatically transfer the points?

    • If I remember correctly, to break up an household account yuo need to complete a paper form & post it off for them to do manually. On the form you can choose how to divide up the household avios (so you could give 100% to one person for example). household accounts are different to BAEC ones as, whith, there is just the one account with pooled miles & multiple members unlike BAEC where everyone has their own individual points balance that is then grouped together for redemptions etc.

      I don’t think you can break up an household account online.

      • trickster says:

        I did it online, and the points from my Son’s account transferred into my account immediately.

  6. Question about household accounts, do only one of us need to earn Avios to keep them from expiring or does each member need to earn to keep their part of the pot alive?

    • For an HHA I think only one person needs to earn as the Household account is one singe pot.

      For a BAEC HHA each person needs to keep their own individual pot from expiring.

  7. trickster says:

    That tip about breaking up a HH account and returning children’s points to the head of the account came in handy when there was the last Tesco conversion bonus way back when for those who had never converted :-)

  8. Hi, can I eliminate one child from the household account to get their points and then re-enroll them?

    • Yes, after 6 months (think you can only make 1 change per 6 months?).

      • Thanks for that. More specifically I am the only one in the family with a seasoned Iberia+ account and I don’t have enough points for 4 business class flights MAD/SJO/MAD. To avoid my wife having to redeem miles via BA and paying the higher fee(£353 vs £131) I was thinking to eliminate my son form the family account, receive his points, transfer those to Iberia+ and in due course re-enroll him. Is this the only/best way of doing this? Thanks for all your help.