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% and British Airways 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 do what they can to encourage you to 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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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.