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Do I earn bonus Avios as a British Airways Bronze, Silver or Gold member?

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Do you earn bonus Avios as a British Airways Bronze, Silver or Gold member?

Today I want to look at whether you earn additional Avios points on your flights if you are a British Airways Executive Club status member with a Gold, Silver or Bronze card.

Bronze, Silver and Gold are the three elite tiers of British Airways Executive Club membership, and they all come with a range of benefits including Avios bonus earning rates.  This article outlines the benefits of each BA Executive Club tier.

Do I get bonus Avios as a British Airways Bronze / Silver / Gold member?

Avios are typically awarded depending on the length of your flight, the cabin you fly in and the flexibility of your ticket. For example, the lowest economy fare classes earn only 25% Avios of miles flown, whilst flexible economy tickets earn 100%.  This increases with each cabin, up to a maximum of 300% when flying on a flexible First class ticket.

In addition, if you hold Bronze, Silver or Gold Executive Club status you will earn an additional Avios bonus as follows:

25% extra for Bronze members

50% extra for Silver members

100% extra for Gold and Gold Guest List members

If you are a Gold member and you are flying on a flexible ticket in First Class, you may find yourself earning 600% of miles flown (3 x base miles for First Class with a 100% Gold bonus!) On a flight from London to New York City that would equal just under 14,000 Avios.  You can use British Airways’ Avios and tier point calculator to see the Avios and tier points you might earn for any route.

Note that this only applies to British Airways flights.  If you are flying with a British Airways airline partner – either a oneworld alliance member or another partner – you should check this page of  Iberia gives an Avios tier bonus, Malaysia does not.  American Airlines gives an Avios tier bonus, Qatar Airways does not.  It pays to check.

(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 60,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (September 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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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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 60,000 Avios.

60,000 points on The Platinum Card is a special offer which ends on 2nd November 2021. Find out more here:

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The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have your own small business, the best way of earning Avios is via the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa. It has a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also look at the British Airways Accelerating Business card, because it currently has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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

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