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British Airways to offer app-based BAEC cards, scraps plastic cards for Blue

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According to Business Traveller, British Airways is about to roll out digital membership cards for the British Airways Executive Club.

It will appear in the next update to the existing British Airways iOS and Android apps, and will presumably (on iOS) integrate into ‘Passbook’.  The screenshots provided by BA look pretty smart:

British Airways Executive Club digital card

and

BAEC-app-smartphone-account-screen

… with most of the membership information currently found at ba.com copied over.

The introduction of the app-based card will coincide with the removal of plastic cards for Blue members.  You will now have to achieve Bronze status or higher in order to receive a piece of plastic through your letterbox!

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Comments (20)

  • Nick says:

    Good idea. I’ve never had a card and it’s never been an issue – sounds like a sensible way to reduce waste.

  • Lady London says:

    You never know when a lounge somewhere is going to insist on seeing your actual card. Even when your membership number’s on the ticket. I’ve noticed it’s often when you get the perception that the operator might feel their lounges are getting crowded that there is a stubborn insistence on the actual card being produced as well as the ticket. I think one of the last ones was a CX lounge. Star Alliances can also ambush the same way.

    • pazza2000 says:

      The actual card was required in the ‘Taste of London’ days when BA were sponsors. I’ve never been asked for it at any OW longe / check in personally.

  • Kinkell says:

    My much coveted and had earned Silver card is tucked into the pocket of my carry on bag. I’ll flash it about a bit more when I revert back to bronze in the hope it might do the trick. But hey! I’m just a simple holiday maker who likes the plastic status symbol!