Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

British Airways Executive Club promotional codes when joining BAEC

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

(EDIT:  As a lot of readers find this post directly via a search engine, I would like to say Welcome and to say that if you have ANY interest at all in Avios, British Airways Executive Club, air miles or hotel loyalty points then please stick around – there is a lot for you here!)

For as long as I can remember, there has been a box on the BAEC sign-up page to insert a ‘Promotional Code’.

A Head for Points reader emailed me over the weekend to ask if there was anything that should go in this box that would benefit them.

As far as I know, there is no current code. Has there ever been a working promo code?

Oddly, when I first signed up my daughter for BAEC (as part of a Household Account with her grandparents – as I didn’t want my account operating as a Household Account), she got a 5,000 Avios bonus for her first flight, which happened to be a Club Europe return. But I never entered any promotional code when I signed her up, and I haven’t heard of any ‘first flight’ bonus for at least 5 years either!

So … the point of this thread … have I missed anything?! Has anyone actually seen a ‘promotion code’ for joining the BA Executive Club? Has anyone enrolled a family member recently who got an unexpected bonus on their first flight? I like to think I see most deals, but perhaps there is something being advertised in a BA lounge or ‘High Life’ magazine somewhere which I’ve never seen ….?!


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (5)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Susie says:

    There have been codes in the past, specifically relating to the
    Taste of London event.

  • Andrew says:

    I signed my mother up to BAEC through a Tesco promotion which got her 2500 avios a couple of years ago. I can’t remember if that was through a special link or using a code.

  • mdj1 says:

    I’m sure when I signed up there were a few codes knocking about and I got a thousand or two miles after taking the first flight, but not seen any mention of any codes for a good few years.

  • James says:

    Yes. ba.com/joinus used to work for a join-up bonus (either 5K, 8K, or 10K). The link still works but I don’t know if the bonus is still awarded ir not… Certainly the flyer mentioning ba.con/joinus is still on display in some BA lounges.

  • Scott says:

    When I joined BAEC last year some time I asked the same question over at flyertalk.com and I think it was the general consensus there wasn’t any.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.