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How many Avios will I earn from my British Airways flight?

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In this article we’ll look at how you can work out how many Avios you will earn when you fly on British Airways.

Avios are calculated by route length, and the amount you earn depends on your fare class. As a general rule, the further you fly and the higher your class of travel the more Avios you get.

Here are the rates when you fly with British Airways.  Other airline partners have different rates which you can see on the airline partner page of ba.com here.

How many Avios will I earn from my flight?

The letters below relate to your underlying ticket type.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what this is.

Economy lowest – Q, O, G – 25% of miles flown

Economy low – K, L, M, N, S, V – 50%

Economy flexible – Y, B, H – 100%

Premium Economy lowest – E, T – 100%

Premium Economy flexible – W – 150%

Business lowest – R, I – 150%

Business flexible – J, C, D – 250%

First lowest – A – 250%

First flexible – F – 300%

Do you earn an Avios status bonus?

Additionally, it is possible to earn bonus Avios at a rate of 25%, 50% and 100% for Executive Club Bronze, Silver and Gold members respectively.

Status members do not earn a tier bonus with all British Airways airline partners, so don’t assume you will get this if you credit a flight on another oneworld airline to British Airways Executive Club.

For example, a one-way flight from London Heathrow to New York JFK (3458 miles) would earn you:

Flying economy low (non-refundable ticket), no BA status:

1729 Avios – 50% of miles flown

Total: 1729 Avios, a total of 50% of miles flown.

Flying business flex (refundable ticket) with an Executive Club Silver card:

8645 base Avios – 250% of miles flown

1729 additional Avios status bonus – 50% of miles flown

Total: 10,375 Avios, a total of 300% of miles flown.

Note that Avios earning rates are always based on miles flown. The maximum earning rate of Avios per mile flown is four:  this would apply if you fly on a flexible First ticket (300% rate) and hold an Executive Club Gold card (100%).

British Airways has an online calculator which can give you a similar calculation for any flight you are planning.  Click here for the BA Avios calculator.

(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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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.

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