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Reminder: 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 from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (38)

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  • 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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