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British Airways Executive Club ‘unavailable’ for 3 days in November

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You may already have received the email that BA Executive Club will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance and improvements to the underlying tech.

All British Airways customers are being emailed today to warn of a scheduled outage of ALL Executive Club functions for a 3.5 day period, between 3pm on the 13th and midnight on the 16th of November, so that you can plan ahead.

British Airways Executive Club status cards

What will happen?

ALL Executive Club functionality will be unavailable during the scheduled improvements. That means you WON’T be able to:

  • Check your Avios balance or transactions
  • Redeem your Avios for flights or any other redemptions
  • Combine your Avios
  • Transfer Avios to another member
  • Claim missing Avios
  • Change or update your Executive Club personal information including email address, address, password etc
  • Manage your Household Account, Family & Friends or travel companions list

The engineering work does NOT affect flights and you will still be able to add your BA Executive Club number to any flights you take. You can still check in and use Manage My Booking as normal.

It only affects British Airways Executive Club – Iberia Plus, AerClub and Avios.com accounts will remain unaffected.

Will Avios transactions still post?

Yes. Any Avios transactions during the downtime (which could include Avios being deposited in your account from flights taken, or from Amex, or other partners) will credit once the scheduled work has completed.

They may take a little longer to appear whilst BA works through all Avios earned globally during the period.

Why is the outage happening?

Whilst not confirmed, this is likely to be related to the ‘Global Loyalty Platform’ project which has been ongoing at IAG for several years.

The platform would form a global hub for all Avios programs rather than having them managed separately by British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus etc, in a similar structure to how milesandmore.com is the single hub for all Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, LOT and Brussels Airlines mileage activity.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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Comments (81)

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  • Tony Stewart says:

    Hopeless site, just like the company. You’d think part of this upgrade would be to redeem the future flying vouchers we all got shafted with during covid but no we still have to phone. Useless.

  • krystna Lennon says:

    I have had no notification it is the 18th 7pm and still cannot use the web site!! so annoying

  • Timothy Firmager says:

    Now the 19th November and the “log in” button on the website is still disabled. Anyone know when the revised completion date of this IT
    outage will?

  • Tony S says:

    I was able to login and access the exec club. However, I can’t be arsed phoning BA to try and use my Future Travel Vouchers. I will write them off, spend my existing companion vouchers which I have done just now for my 2 flight to Tenerife for £70. And Chalk it up to experience. I will take my business elsewhere as BA honestly doesn’t give a shit.

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