I wrote a piece earlier in the year about setting up and using Household Accounts at British Airways Executive Club and avios.com.
Household Accounts have obvious benefits, allowing the Avios points from your entire family to be used for a single redemption.
However, a BA household account came with a massive caveat – if you had one, you could never redeem for anyone outside your Household Account.
For many people, this was not a problem. For me, it was a massive deal breaker. I regularly redeem tickets for my parents in law in Germany or other extended family members. Last year I booked a seat at a few hours notice for an Aunt in Canada whose daughter had become seriously ill whilst travelling in Venice. I want that flexibility.
Quietly, British Airways has sneaked out a change in policy.
Go to ba.com, click on Executive Club and then Household Accounts. You will come to this page. Scroll down and you will see a reference to ‘Family & Friends’.
Family & Friends
This is how BA describes it:
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.
There is then a link which allow you to create a Family & Friends list.
There is a long T&C’s on ba.com, but I have distilled it for you:
You can have five people on your Family & Friends list
A person cannot be removed from your Family & Friends list until they have been on it for six months
Only the head of the Household Account can add or remove people from the Friends & Family list. De facto, it is one Family & Friends list per household account, rather than per person.
You need the full name, date of birth and an email address to add someone to your Family & Friends list
Overall, this is a massive improvement to Household Accounts with British Airways and they deserve credit for implementing it. Household Accounts should now look a lot more attractive for most people than they once did.
Travel Companions list
Alongside this innovation, BA has also brought in an online ‘travel companions’ list.
If you regularly book revenue or award tickets for someone, you can now store their details online. This will make it substantially quicker to make repeated bookings.
Again, this is a simple improvement to ba.com but one which should save some people a lot of time.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.