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What are the benefits of joining British Airways Executive Club?

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Today I wanted to explain the benefits of joining British Airways Executive Club.  The Executive Club is free to join, of course, so you’ve nothing to lose by not joining!

Executive Club is British Airways’ frequent flyer program, allowing you to collect and save Avios, the British Airways reward currency.

Once you’re signed up, you can start collecting Avios both from British Airways and oneworld alliance partner flights – including American Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific.

What are the Benefits of British Airways Executive Club?

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. Here’s a list of Executive Club hotel partners, for example, and here are the shopping partners.

What can you do with Avios?

Once you save enough Avios, you can spend them with British Airways by booking reward flights or part-paying cash bookings with Avios to reduce the fare, making your next flight more affordable. 

You can also upgrade your class of travel – for example from economy to premium economy, or premium economy to business. There are also options for spending on hotels, car rental bookings, wine and insurance, or even converting your Avios into Nectar points.

With just a couple of flights or your daily spending you could easily save yourself some money in the future and, since joining the Executive Club is free, there’s no way you could lose out.

There are additional benefits to joining British Airways Executive Club, particularly if you are a regular flyer. For every flight you take with British Airways or its partners, as well as earning Avios, you’ll also earn tier points. Unlike Avios, you can’t spend tier points. However, they do determine your elite status with Executive Club.

There are four tiers within British Airways Executive Club each with its own level of rewards and benefits, including lounge access, priority check-in, free seat selection and more.  We wrote this article explaining how the different Executive Club tiers work.

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 about what it takes to become an Executive Club Bronze member and this page of the BA site shows what benefits you would get if you got promoted.

(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 (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:

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, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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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