I often get emailed by people new to Avios asking if I have a promotional code for joining British Airways Executive Club.
There is, after all, a box marked ‘Promo Code’ when you sign up.
However, in the nine years I have been running Head for Points, I have only ever seen it used once. This was when British Airways launched flights from Leeds Bradford Airport and wanted to sign up local flyers.
To to all intents and purposes, the ‘Promo Code’ box is never used and you shouldn’t waste your time looking for any British Airways Executive Club promotional codes.
Let’s look at how you join British Airways Executive Club
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 very easy. It’s free to join on the British Airways website and there are no minimum requirements for eligibility, although you do have to be 18 or older.
Can children join British Airways Executive Club?
After you’ve joined ….
Once you’re signed up, you can start collecting Avios both from British Airways and oneworld flights. Executive Club also has a large network of commercial partners including retailers and restaurants where you can conveniently earn on your daily spending. As a member you’ll also receive exclusive offers and competitions from both British Airways and their partners.
When you first join Executive Club you will have Blue membership. Your first milestone, in addition to collecting Avios, should be to achieve Bronze status – the first of the elite levels – which has several benefits including priority boarding and free earlier seat selection. We’ve written here about what you need to do to become a British Airways Executive Club Bronze member.
(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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