In this article I want to look at how old you need to be to join British Airways Executive Club and to earn Avios points, and how you can get around the rules if you don’t qualify.
Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer membership program, allowing you to collect and save Avios, the British Airways equivalent of air miles. Once you save enough, you can choose to spend them by booking reward flights or part-paying cash bookings with Avios to reduce the fare.
Joining the Executive Club also allow you to earn elite status with British Airways, which come with benefits including lounge access, free seat selection, bonus Avios earning rates and many more. You can read a brief explanation of the different British Airways Executive Club tiers here.
Joining the Executive Club is free and easy, though you do have to be aged 18 or older. The easiest way to join is on the British Airways website.
However, there is a way to join the Executive Club if you are younger than 18. The Executive Club Household Account functionality allows a main account holder to create a networked “family” of accounts that can share Avios balances with each other.
The Head of the Household can add up to six additional members who share their address to this network. In addition, the Family and Friends list lets the main householder to add up to five other accounts which do not share the same address.
There is no age restriction when accepting an invitation to join a British Airways Household Account, making this a good way for under-18s to join the Executive Club and start earning Avios and tier points. Do note that children under two years of age will not earn if they are travelling as lap infants. There is a longer Head for Points article on the pros and cons of British Airways Household accounts here.
(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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.