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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.

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 (24)

  • Phillip says:

    Worth noting this is for children of 2 years plus, and not for infants. Granted infants don’t really pay for a seat as a rule, although it is possible to buy a seat for them, but they still can’t join a household account until they are 2.

    • Jonathan says:

      Not true, my daughter was 6 months old when I added her to my HHA.

      • Rob says:

        I think the rule is that you can add a child under 2 to a household account (I’ve done this) but they don’t earn avios/TPs unless they are on a cash fare with their own seat (i.e. a lap infant earns nothing)

      • Will says:

        They can be in the HHA but won’t earn any avivos until they hit 2.

        • Phillip says:

          Yes, I should be more accurate – they are not issued with a BAEC Account until they are 2, but can join the household account. Thank you.

  • Yuff says:

    Rob, I have a HHA and want to use an imminently expiring 241 to take a friend to the Middle East.
    Does this mean if he isn’t in my HHA I can’t use the voucher for the flights?

    • Anna says:

      You can add him as “Friends and Family” and you should be able to put him on your booking. Though there’s actually nothing to stop you adding him to your HHA and using your address for any correspondence relating to the booking (but everything is electronic now anyway).

    • Rob says:

      Yes (he can be on your F&F list too).

  • James says:

    I have added followed the instructions to add my 2 year old to my household account using my email address. An email was sent to me encouraging me to open a BAEC for my 2 year old such as email address, phone number, home address etc. Is this the correct procedure?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, it is the same form. Norwegian wanted the same off me when I opened a CashPoints account for my kids last week (yes, I am doing a Norwegian short haul!).

  • Kevin says:

    We have a household account and my eldest wanted his own now he is independent so we filled in the online form and that worked fine with him keeping all his own Avios.

  • Waribai says:

    Yes, my daughter has had her own BA exec account since she was 6 months old. She also sits inside our HHA. This set up was over 5 years ago now though. So, I can’t quite remember how I did it…..

  • Alex W says:

    Very useful thanks Rob. Baby W is due just before the end of my TP year. I’ve qualified for silver this year, so if I notify them of the birth in my new TP year, hopefully I’ll have my silver status extended for another year (to 2020).

  • Oli says:

    Does anyone know a way to earn Avios on child tickets with Flybe? As I believe no Avios account can be created for kids.

    • Adam says:

      Don’t forget the infant returning after their 2nd birthday gets a free confirmed seat on the return rule! The return seat they get full avios credit and status for! My 2 year old is bronze already!!

  • Robin Henagulph says:

    Do your children live with their grandparents?
    “You can share your Avios with up to six people living at the same address as you.”

    • Waribai says:

      I think in reality it’s very difficult for BA to check whether HHA members are living together and so to an extent they turn a blind eye to this. If you look on FT, the only people who have had their accounts closed or audited are those who have significantly gamed the system.

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