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 ba.com, 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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