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Do I earn Avios if I book a flight for someone else?

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Do you earn Avios if you book a flight for another person?

Today I want to look at whether you can earn Avios points if you book a flight for someone else.

As you probably know, Avios is the reward currency used by British Airways Executive Club and several other frequent flyer programs (Iberia, Aer Lingus and Flybe to name a few). If you are a frequent flyer one of the easiest ways to earn Avios is adding your Executive Club membership number to your bookings with British Airways. This will automatically credit your account every time you fly on an eligible flight.

Do I earn Avios if i book a flight for someone else?

Unfortunately, Avios are only earned by the person who flies and not the booker. This means that if you book a flight for someone else, they are able to earn Avios if they add their Executive Club number to the booking.

You as the booker do not receive anything.  It makes no difference if you paid for the ticket or not.

If you are buying a ticket for someone at the same address, it is possible to create a British Airways household account enabling you to pool the Avios earned with yours for free. This is a great way of letting children earn Avios, since the only way under-18s are allowed to join British Airways Executive Club is as part of a household account.  This article explains more about how children can earn Avios.

(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.)


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