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Free transfer of Avios – Gold members do NOT need to be in a household account

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new ‘transfer your Avios to someone else’ scheme launched by British Airways.

In summary:

A Gold Guest List or Premier BA member can transfer – free – up to 162,000 Avios per year to other people, up to a maximum of 27,000 each

A Gold British Airways member can transfer – free – up to 162,000 Avios per year to people who are on their ‘Family & Friends list

‘Family & Friends’ is part of the Household Account structure on  If you are in a household account, you can only redeem your Avios for either other members of the household or one of the six people on your ‘Family & Friends’ list.


When British Airways launched ‘transfer your Avios to your ‘Family & Friends for free’, I automatically assumed that you would have to be in a Household Account to take part.

This was wrong.

You can now set up a ‘Family & Friends’ list even if you do not have a Household Account. 

This means that, if you are a British Airways Executive Club Gold member, you can now transfer your Avios points for free to other people without having to be in a Household Account.

I am still not desperately sure that this new feature has much merit.  However, it will – for example – allow me to top-up my Mum’s account to a level where it can be zero’d out.  It will also open up a market for Gold members who want to break the scheme rules and make a few quid by selling Avios points in 27,000 Avios chunks to other people …..

If you are a BA Gold and want to take advantage of a free Avios transfer to someone else, you can set up a ‘Family & Friends’ list here.

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Comments (3)

  • Rohan says:

    May it also allow for ‘win avios’ competition on a certain popular avios blog ? 😉

  • Andrew says:

    It will be interesting to see the “market rate” for avios on ebay 🙂

  • danksy says:

    I had a look earlier, seems to be between 1p and 1.25p per avios, so not good value IMHO (unless you are buying to redeem for F or J ticket !) Also… not worth the risk of breaking the T&C’s and the risk of losing your Avios!