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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.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

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!

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