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How to earn Avios points when your child flies

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Yesterday I looked at how to use both BA and Household Accounts as part of our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.

As we’re talking about Household Accounts, I wanted to look at an extra quirk linked to these which lets you get around the rules on children being blocked from British Airways Executive Club.

As most people know, children cannot join British Airways Executive Club in their own right.


There is, however, no need to miss out on any Avios points when your children are flying on a cash ticket. They can become a member of a Household Account and therefore earn Avios and tier points.

But, of course, there is a snag if you are a member of a Household Account – you can only redeem your Avios for members of the Household Account or the six people on your ‘Family and Friends’ list.  That was a definite ‘no-go’ for me, since I often redeem miles for different people and needed full flexibility to redeem for anyone.

How do you get around this?

I took a slightly oblique route to get around these conflicting points.

My children sit in a Household Account with two of their grandparents. My wife and I each retain our stand-alone BAEC accounts.

This gives us the best of both worlds:

  • I can benefit from the Avios points when my children fly, via a Household Account with their grandparents
  • I can continue to redeem my Avios for absolutely anyone as required without being restricted by the ‘Family and Friends’ rules

How do you add a child to a Household Account?

First, you need to have a Household Account, which means deciding which adult BAEC member you want to be the head. If that person is not already a BAEC member, they need to sign-up.

Inside ‘Manage My Account‘ on, when you are signed-in, is an option called ‘My Household Account‘.  Click on this to start the process. You can then issue invitations to people who you want to join your account.

Once the Household Account is formed, you can easily add a child. The head of the Household Account will see an option inside ‘Manage My Account’ called ‘My Household Account’.  Click that to be taken to a summary of your HH account.  Select ‘Manage My Household Account’.  There is a button here called ‘Add New Member’. You can add a child during this process with no problem – the application will not be rejected if they are under 18 years old, unlike a standard BAEC application.

A loophole now closed?

A couple of years ago, there was one interesting tweak if you had a child who would not be flying with BA again for some reason.

Breaking up a Household Account led to the accounts belonging to any children being closed and the miles transferred to the head of the account.  However, a reader told me last year that this no longer worked and that the Avios held by the children were now lost.  If anyone has any further recent examples of this situation do let me know.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (24)

  • Alan says:

    My daughter is on our family account but her points will be expiring soon and we have no plans to fly BA in the meantime. Is the best way to keep her account active to buy something via her shopping portal? Or is there another way to do it.

    Of course, the other problem is I can’t for the life of me, remember her log in details!

    • Rob says:

      If you have made a redemption since she joined the HHA then her account has activity and her points will not expire.

  • Canuck says:

    What are the rules about avios expiry regarding a HHA with a child? As long as one person flies, you’re all covered? Or each account has its own expiry based on its last transation?

  • CraigP says:

    My 6 year old earned Bronze in December while my Wife and I sit back on Blue. It just worked out with the year end date for her account.

    Booked MCO for Feb and can’t justify the Business cost this time around even with avios and voucher upgrades. We are looking forward to using the business check in though with Daughter strolling up ahead of us holding her Bronze card in the air.

  • Amarylla Ganner says:

    The representative at BA said each account holder had to have a different email. I thought the Household may be a work around, as my My 4 year old doesn’t yet have an email, the BA representative recommended I get her one. I’d rather not. Do I just put in mine, or another one of mine, when I add her to household? Thanks-

    • Rob says:

      For what its worth, we bought our kids domain names after they were born, so my daughter has and my son has (will keep trying to get, he’s only 6 so plenty of time!). They costs peanuts to buy. You can then set up an email redirect so that anything sent to the domain is redirected to your email account.

      Or just open a random Yahoo / Gmail account and divert it to your personal email, you never need to use it.

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