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Do I earn Avios or tier points if I book British Airways flights via Expedia or Opodo?

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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.

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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 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 – 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 get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (August 2021 offer)

The sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold converts to 20,000 Avios and the card is free for the first year.

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You don’t qualify for the Amex Gold bonus if you have a British Airways American Express card. You DO qualify for the bonus on The Platinum Card, which converts into 30,000 Avios – find out more here:

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You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.

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