Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Can I get British Airways priority boarding if I join the Executive Club?

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer program, allowing you to earn Avios and tier points in return for continued loyalty.   In this article I want to look at whether you would receive priority boarding if you joined British Airways Executive Club.

Can I get British Airways priority boarding with Executive Club?

The benefit of priority boarding is that you are unlikely to be stuck in the jet-bridge shuffling along slowly as you wait for people already in the aircraft to vacate the aisles and sit down. On some flights, if you are travelling on a hand-baggage-only fare, you are also guaranteed overhead bin space since you will be among the first to board. However, this benefit is less vital if you are travelling in First, business or premium economy since the lower seat density means there is more room in the overhead lockers.

You will not receive priority boarding upon joining British Airways Executive Club since you will only be a Blue member.

However, if you become an elite member with a Bronze, Silver or Gold card, you will automatically be entitled to priority boarding and use of business class check-in and baggage drop counters.

To become an elite member you must fulfil the minimum requirements, based on your tier point balance. For example, to become a Bronze member you must accrue at least 300 tier points in a membership year.  You can read more about what it takes to become a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member here as well as all the additional benefits that elite status confers on you here.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

(Head for Points is the UK’s biggest frequent flyer website with 1.5 million monthly page views.  Want to learn more about earning and spending Avios?  Click here to read our latest news storiesclick here to join our email list and click here to read our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.)


Get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum! (January 2021 offer)

The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year!

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

You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:

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

If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.