Do you earn Avios or tier points if you book British Airways flights via Expedia or Opodo?
Like most airlines, British Airways is bookable both on their own website as well as that of flight comparison sites and travel agents. In this article we’ll look at whether you still earn Avios and tier points if you book British Airways flights on third party sites such as Expedia and Opodo.
The good news is that Avios and tier points are awarded based on ticket type and not on where the ticket was purchased. So, for the exactly same ticket, you would earn the same number of Avios and tier points (usually a multiple of the miles flown) whether you booked via ba.com or Expedia.
To earn your reward points when booking with a third party, you must make sure your Executive Club number is included on the booking. This can be done at any point prior to the flight with ‘Manage My Booking’ on ba.com – the details of which you should have on your flight confirmation email. You may even be able to add it during the booking process.
If you have forgotten to include your Executive Club number on a recent flight, it is possible to claim back Avios and tier points within a certain time frame as this article explains.
Don’t do this with hotels though ….
To be absolutely clear ….. airlines and hotels treat online travel agents such as Expedia and Opodo in entirely different ways.
All airlines, as far as I know, will give you the same frequent flyer miles and status benefits irrespective of where you book
Hotel chains will NOT give you any loyalty points or status benefits if you book through a third party – you must book direct with the chain to get your rewards and stay credit
The reason for this is the huge difference in commissions paid. Airline commissions are now around 1% so BA is not too concerned if it has to pay Expedia for processing your booking. Hotels tend to pay 20%-25% to Expedia and other online travel agents and they are desperate to stop this and make you book direct.
(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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