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Reminder: Avios and British Airways Executive Club accounts unavailable from 13th to 17th November

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Just a quick reminder, although you should have been emailed by British Airways about this, that access to your Avios account will be blocked from around 3pm on Saturday 13th November to some point on Wednesday 17th November.

This to allow for the migration of all loyalty databases to IAG Loyalty and its new Global Loyalty Platform, which is the first stage in a broader reshaping of how Avios works across the various IAG airlines.

During this period, you will NOT be able to:

  • Access your Executive Club account on or through any of the British Airways apps
  • Makes changes to any booking paid for with Avios
  • Spend Avios on flights, cabin upgrades, hotels, car hire, baggage and seats
  • Buy food and drink onboard using Avios

You WILL still be able to:

  • Make new flight bookings for cash
  • Check in online
  • Make changes to any cash booking
  • Collect Avios, although there may be a delay in them showing on your account

If you need to book or change an Avios flight you should do so before 3pm on Saturday.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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 card

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (39)

  • Robert says:

    17:19, still down as far as I can tell

  • Faruk Ali says:

    I still can’t access my account today on 18/11/2021 @ 8.06am

  • Christine Randall says:

    Trying to shop through BA Avios account but not able to collect points even though BA says I can

  • Alexandra says:

    I persisted or an hour yesterday afternoon and after several attempts, I managed to book a reward flight LHR-MIA 🙂 I do have a question though, I actually wanted to book (LHR-MIA-SXM), where MIA-SXM is operated by AA. I can see reward availability on AA’s website for this leg, but it does not show up when I was searching on BA yesterday? Only the LHR-MIA leg was showing, which I just booked anyway for the time being. Does BA not show all of AA’s reward availability? Or do I have to ring BA up? I see a lot of complaints on Twitter of people being on hold for hours 🙁

  • Simon C says:

    Utterly ridiculous that it takes days to upgrade this. This is their executive club, they are frequent flyers. I’m done after 20years. Been through many changes but time to drain the companion vouchers and Miles and move on

  • Sterckxhof says:

    Still unavailable…….

  • Nick says:

    Any idea when it’s back up?

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