Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer program, allowing you to earn Avios and tier points in return for continued loyalty. In this article I want to look at whether you would receive priority boarding if you joined British Airways Executive Club.
The benefit of priority boarding is that you are unlikely to be stuck in the jet-bridge shuffling along slowly as you wait for people already in the aircraft to vacate the aisles and sit down.
On some flights, if you are travelling on a hand-baggage-only fare, you would be virtually guaranteed overhead bin space since you will be among the first to board. However, this benefit is less vital if you are travelling in First, business or premium economy since the lower seat density means there is more room in the overhead lockers.
You will not receive priority boarding upon joining British Airways Executive Club since you will only be a Blue member.
However, if you become an elite member with a Bronze, Silver or Gold card, you will automatically be entitled to priority boarding and the use of business class check-in and baggage drop counters.
To become an elite member you must fulfil the minimum requirements, based on your tier point balance. For example, to become a Bronze member you must accrue at least 300 tier points in a membership year. You can read more about what it takes to become a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member in this HfP article here as well as all the additional benefits that elite status confers on you at ba.com here.
(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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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also good bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These are available to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.