Buried away in the new Executive Club terms and conditions – which primarily covers the changes required under the Avios devaluation on April 28th – is a small improvement to the way that household accounts work.
As I outlined in this article, a British Airways Executive Club household account allows up to seven people who share the same address to pool their Avios points. They are explained in more detail on ba.com here.
Each person retains their own account and their own points total, but when logged in they will also see the combined Avios total of the household. They can make a redemption up to the value of the entire household pot, with the points taken pro-rata from each account.
A household account can only be changed once every six months. This doesn’t mean that you can only move one person, it means that you get a 24 hour window from the first change to make as many changes as you need. The door then shuts for another six months.
From April 28th, there will be an exception to this:
18.1.6. Members who are part of a Household Account, but who are not the primary member of the Household Account can request at any time to be removed by contacting the Executive Club in writing (including e-mail). Members of a Household Account other than the primary member cannot request the other Members of a Household Account to be removed.
I imagine this has been brought in to allow separating couples to regain control of their account. Under the current rules, you could only leave a household account if the head of the account removed you. I can imagine that some people effectively lost control of their points because they fell out with the household head.
There is no requirement to be divorcing or separating in order to request your own removal, however, and I am sure that it will prove handy to many people who may want to bring someone into their ‘household’ temporarily.