Do you have to pay to join British Airways Executive Club?

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How much does it cost to join British Airways Executive Club? Today I want to look at the question of whether you have to pay to join British Airways Executive Club or whether British Airways Executive Club membership is free.

Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer membership program, allowing you to collect and save Avios, the British Airways equivalent of airmiles. Once you save enough, you can choose to spend them by booking reward flights or part-paying cash bookings with Avios to reduce the fare.

How do I join British Airways Executive Club?

Joining the Executive Club also allow you to earn elite status with British Airways, which come with benefits including lounge access, free seat selection, bonus Avios earning rates and many more. You can read a brief explanation of the different British Airways Executive Club tiers here.

The good news is that it is free to join British Airways Executive Club.  You don’t have to pay.

Simply go to this page of the British Airways website and fill in the form.  As long as you over 18, you’re can join.

If you have children under 18, there can also join and earn Avios if you open a household account – see this article for details.

Once you signed up to British Airways Executive Club ….

Once you’re signed up, you can start collecting Avios both from British Airways and oneworld flights. Executive Club also has a large network of commercial partners including retailers and restaurants where you can conveniently earn on your daily spending. As a member you’ll also receive exclusive offers and competitions from both British Airways and their partners.

When you first join Executive Club you will have Blue membership. Your first milestone, in addition to collecting Avios, should be to achieve Bronze status – the first of the elite levels – which has several benefits including priority boarding and free earlier seat selection. We’ve written here about what you need to do to become a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member.

(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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