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How can you manage someone else’s British Airways Executive Club account?

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Can someone else manage your British Airways Executive Club account for you, as a third party nominee?  Can you run someone else’s British Airways account? 

This issue came up on Sunday in the discussion about calling British Airways to book a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher redemption.

If you are ringing at midnight, and if you are using a voucher from your account and a voucher from your partner, it is obviously easier if one of you can stay in bed!

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There are also other reasons why you may prefer to manage the BAEC account of a friend, partner or family member on their behalf. If you have ever booked a flight using miles from your partner’s account, but then had to persuade them to call BA when the booking needed changing, you will know what I mean.

Some people also have jobs or other commitments which make it inconvenient to call British Airways during the day, whilst their partner is happily sat behind a desk for eight hours.

The good news is that British Airways allows a member to nominate someone else to manage their Executive Club account.

They need to create a ‘third party nominee’ for their account, or you need to create one via your account if someone else will be your nominee.

You aren’t even restricted to one nominee.  A member can list up to five people who will have access to their Executive Club account.

Once a member has added you as a nominee to their British Airways Executive Club account, and created a PIN / password, you can call BA Executive Club and book tickets, amend or cancel tickets or enquire about anything to do with their account.  The only thing that you cannot do on behalf of the other person is make any changes to the membership of their Household Account.

I have been a nominee for my wife for many years. It has made it very easy to, for example, book open-jaw redemption flights (flights returning from a different airport to the arrival airport) using her Avios, which is a feature not available online and requiring an often lengthy call to British Airways.

To add a third party nominee to a British Airways Executive Club account, you need to visit this page of ba.com and click ‘Add A New Nominee’.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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 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 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.

Comments (18)

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  • QFFlyer says:

    This is a good idea I wasn’t aware of, usually I book everything through mine as part of the HHA, but on the occasion I might need to I’d have to get my OH to do something and she hates it (but reaps the rewards so begrudgingly will). Now this is one less thing I have to bother her with haha.

  • Sussex bantam says:

    I use this all the time. It also works via the Twitter support where they just ask you to quote a couple of letters from the password

  • Lady London says:

    All the PA’s do it fot their bosses so I guess it works at home too

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