What is British Airways Gold Guest List, and is it something worth pushing for?
British Airways’ status levels can sometimes be confusing, especially in the higher levels. In this article we’ll talk about what Gold Guest List is and why it’s worth having.
You may already know that British Airways Executive Club is made up of four tiers: Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The latter three are the elite levels, and require a commitment to flying British Airways.
What you may not know is that Gold status is actually split into two sub-tiers: Gold and Gold Guest List, both of which also have additional incremental bonuses. Sound complicated? Hopefully this article makes things a little clearer ….
At 1500 tier points, you become a Gold member (you can see the full list of BA Gold benefits here).
At 2500 tier points, you are awarded a Gold Upgrade for Two voucher (these are valid for 12 months) for an upgrade to the next cabin, subject to availability
At 3500 tier points, you are awarded two Gold Upgrade for One vouchers (these are valid for 12 months) for an upgrade to the next cabin, subject to availability (this article explains how BA Gold Upgrade for One vouchers work)
At 5000 tier points – 3000 tier points for renewals – you cross the threshold into Gold Guest List (more details below)
At 6000 tier points, you receive a Gold Guest List redemption benefit – BA will turn any cash ticket for sale in fare classes A, D, T and B into an Avios ticket
At 7000, 8000 and 9000 tier points you can choose from an additional Gold Guest List redemption, two additional Gold Upgrade for One vouchers or 50,000 Avios.
As you can see, there are lots of big incentives to become a high-ranking Gold Guest List member. Once you reach 5000 tier points and cross the threshold into Gold Guest List, you get the following benefits in addition to what you already receive as a Gold member:
Two redemptions per year for British Airways to open up to five reward seats in fare classes A, D, T and B, rather than the standard reward fare class (this basically allows you to force open Avios reward seats)
Dedicated priority service phone number with 24 hour availability
The ability to invite two additional guests to British Airways departure lounges and one guest to arrivals lounges
At the beginning of your membership year you may gift your status to one person with an Executive Club Gold Partner card and confer Silver status to two other people. These cards are valid for one year only and once they expire they will return to their previous status
Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status
A Concorde Room card, British Airways’ most elite lounge offering
There should be plenty on that list to get excited about. Gold Guest List redemptions are particularly powerful as you can force British Airways to open up revenue seats for Avios in the fare classes A, D, T and B if they are available – this article explains how Gold Guest List ‘jokers’ work.
Renewing Gold Guest List ‘only’ requires 3000 tier points so, once you’ve achieved it, keeping it will be a little easier.
(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 (October 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.