Can you transfer Avios points to someone else?
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Can you transfer your Avios points to someone else? Today I want to look at whether it is possible to move your Avios points to the account of another person.
As with many things to do with Avios, the question is never that simple.
For most members, you cannot transfer your Avios points to someone else without paying.
However, let’s look at some different permutations because there are way around it:
Can you transfer your Avios points to another person for free?
If you are a Blue, Bronze or Silver member of British Airways Executive Club, you cannot transfer your Avios to another person for free.
However, if you are a Gold member of British Airways Executive Club, you can give them to another member for free. You can send a maximum of 27,000 Avios per year from your account to the account of anyone on your ‘Friends & Family’ list. The maximum number of Avios you can transfer in total is 162,000 per year.
Full details are on this page of ba.com.
Can you transfer your Avios points to another person if you are willing to pay?
Yes you can. Take a look at this page of ba.com.
You can send up to 27,000 Avios per person per calendar year, up to an annual cap of 162,000 Avios.
The snag is that you have to pay – and it is quite a lot. The current fees are:
1,000 to 6,000 Avios – £25
7,000 to 12,000 Avios – £65
13,000 to 18,000 Avios – £100
19,000 to 24,000 Avios – £140
25,000 to 27,000 Avios – £175
These are extortionately high and I don’t recommend paying them unless 100% necessary. It is shocking that BA would take £175 off you simply for moving some Avios from one account to another. No new points are being created so it is pure profit for the airline.
Can you book an Avios flight for another person from your account?
Instead of transferring your Avios points to another person, can you simply book a flight for them from your account? If you don’t have enough to book a return, remember that you can book one-way Avios flights.
This article explains how to book an Avios flight for someone else using your points.
Can you pool your points for free by forming a Household Account?
One other option is to form a Household Account with someone else. Following a 2021 change, you no longer need to have matching addresses to join a Household Account.
This process pools up to six sets of Avios together and any person in the Household Account can make a redemption for themselves or for anyone else in the account.
This article explains in more detail how British Airways Avios household accounts work. You may find it a more convenient – and of course far cheaper – option than paying to transfer points to someone else.
(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 (May 2023)
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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
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.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.