How can you open a British Airways Household Account?
As part of the Executive Club, British Airways allows you to create a household account in order to share and pool Avios. In this article we’ll look at how household accounts work.
Creating a household account is free and can be done easily on the British Airways Executive Club site. The household account creator must already be a member of Executive Club.
Up to seven people are allowed to join a single household account. To do so, they must all share the same address and be invited by the main account holder (the head of the household account).
Once you are part of a household account, your Avios are pooled for spending. This means that someone else in your household account can spend your Avios.
When Avios are redeemed by someone in a household account, the Avios are taken from each person’s balance as a percentage of the total household balance.
For example, if three people are in a household account and Person A has 50% of the total Avios and the remaining two people have 25% each, the amount deducted will correspond to the percentage they own: 50% of the Avios spent will come from Person A whilst 25% will be deducted from the accounts of Person B and C. It is not possible to change this or choose which accounts spend more.
Household accounts are the only way for under-18s to hold an Executive Club account. By adding a child to the household account they are automatically enrolled in Executive Club, allowing them to earn Avios on flights and pool them with the household account.
You can also add an additional 5 people to your ‘Friends and Family’ list; these people do not need to share your address and your Avios will not be pooled with them. You can only remove them from this list once they have been on it for 6 months or longer.
There are a few limitations to household accounts. You can only make changes to the household account once every six months. Additionally, whilst standard Executive Club members can purchase Avios tickets for anyone, once you are part of a household account you can only purchase Avios tickets for other members of the same account, or for people on your ‘Friends and Family’ list (up to 5 people).
This article explains how to close a British Airways Household Account if you change your mind later on.
(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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