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.
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 get 20,000 Avios from Amex Gold, or 30,000 Avios from Amex Platinum (June 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.
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:
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:
You can find out more about ALL UK credit cards which offer travel rewards in this article, updated monthly.