Today I want to answer the question “Will I earn Avios and tier points on a British Airways codeshare flight?“.
In this article we’ll look at what code-hare flights are and how they impact your ability to earn Avios and tier points as part of British Airways Executive Club.
The practise of codesharing flights is fairly common, and if you have ever looked at a departures board you have probably seen at least one flight where the flight code rotates between airlines for the exact same flight.
Many airlines have codeshare agreements that allow them to book customers on each others’ flights. Though the flight is only operated by one airline, each airline places its own flight codes on it and so you may, for example, find yourself flying on an American Airlines aircraft with a British Airways flight number.
The rules for earning Avios and tier points on codeshare flights depend on both the operating carrier (ie. whose aircraft and crew you are flying with) as well as your flight number.
How do I know which airline is operating the flight?
You will normally be told who is operating your flight at time of booking when you select your flights. If you have already booked your flight, you will find this information online when you manage your booking under the flight information header.
Will I earn Avios or tier points?
The good news is that if you are flying on a British Airways flight number, you will always be credited with Avios and tier points, regardless of who is operating the flight.
You will also earn Avios and tier points when you fly with a oneworld airline flight code and on a oneworld-operated codeshare flight. So, for example, you would earn Avios and tier points if you flew from New York City to Los Angeles on American Airlines, as long as both the flight code and operating airline is American Airlines or another oneworld carrier.
There are no other circumstances (except one) in which you can earn Avios or tier points on a codeshare flight. For example, you will not earn Avios or tier points when you fly on a oneworld flight code on an aircraft that is NOT operated by a oneworld airline, eg a Cathay Pacific coded flight operated by Air New Zealand.
The only exception to this is with Qantas where, for example, you can fly Emirates (a non-oneworld airline) and still earn Avios and tier points on some flights.
Still confused? Here’s the table from the British Airways website:
Of course, there are still some unique opportunities to earn Avios and tier points even when you do not fly on a code-share flight with British Airways or a oneworld carrier. British Airways has several partnerships outside oneworld such as the one with Alaska Airlines, with whom you can earn Avios and tier points.
If your flight qualifies, you can use this calculator on ba.com to work out how many Avios and tier points to expect.
(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. )
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