What are the benefits of British Airways Executive Club Bronze status?
Bronze is one of four tiers of the Executive Club, British Airways’ frequent flyer membership scheme. In this article we’ll look at what the benefits are of holding British Airways Executive Club Bronze status.
When you first join British Airways Executive Club you’re given Blue membership. Being a Blue member doesn’t come with that many benefits so if you can it’s best to try and aim for Bronze. You can read more about what it takes to become a British Airways Bronze member here.
Bronze is the lowest of the elite levels of Executive Club, but it’s still got a whole lot more benefits than Blue, the membership you receive when you first join. These are:
25% bonus Avios on all British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and Japan Airlines
Free seat selection up to seven days before departure for you and anyone else on your booking
Club World, Club Europe or oneworld equivalent business class check in desks, regardless of your flight class
Although you don’t get access to any departure lounges, one of the more attractive benefits is being able to choose your seat for free from seven days in advance. For non-status holding members seat selection is only available 24 hours before departure, so being a Bronze member gives you a good head start when it comes to where you want to sit on the aircraft. You will also save substantial sums as BA now charges for seat selection in all classes except First Class.
(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 (August 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.