Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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 ba.com.  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. )

(Head for Points is the UK’s biggest frequent flyer website with 2.0 million monthly page views.  Want to learn more about earning and spending Avios?  Click here to read our latest news storiesclick here to join our email list and click here to read our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.)


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

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.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.