Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

195 British Airways Executive Club questions, answered

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Do you want to know how British Airways Executive Club and the Avios scheme works? Our ‘BA Q&A’ series covers 195 key questions you may have, along with the answers.

We have broken the questions down into five categories to make them easier to follow.

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Everything you need to know about Avios and British Airways Executive Club

SECTION ONE:  British Airways seating questions

Does British Airways charge for seat selection?

How to find out what aircraft type is operating your British Airways flight

Who can book and sit in exit row seats on British Airways?

Who can book and sit in Row 1 on British Airways flights?

How do British Airways boarding groups work?

SECTION TWO:  British Airways Executive Club

Executive Club basics:

How do I join British Airways Executive Club?

Is there a promotional code to use when joining British Airways Executive Club?

Is it free to join British Airways Executive Club?

What are the benefits of joining British Airways Executive Club?

What is the difference between British Airways Executive Club and Avios?

What is the difference between British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus?

How old do I have to be to join British Airways Executive Club and collect Avios?

Do I have to live in the UK to join British Airways Executive Club and collect Avios?

Do I earn Avios and tier points if I book British Airways flights via Expedia or Opodo?

Can I get British Airways priority boarding if I join the Executive Club?

Do I get free seat selection as a British Airways Executive Club member?

How do I open a British Airways Executive Club Household Account?

How do I open an Avios family account?

How do I close a British Airways Household Account? What happens to the Avios?

How does a British Airways ‘Family & Friends’ list work?

What is a British Airways Executive Club ‘third party nominee’?

What is the baggage allowance on British Airways?

What is the British Airways First Class telephone number?

What happens to your Avios when you die? Can you bequeath Avios in your will?

SECTION THREE:  British Airways Executive Club tiers and tier points

Executive Club membership years:

How do British Airways Executive Club membership years work?

Can I get an extension to my British Airways Executive Club membership year?

Can I change my British Airways Executive Club membership year end?

British Airways status questions (general):

What are the British Airways Executive Club status tiers?

How long does my British Airways status last for?

Will British Airways match my tier status with another airline?

Does British Airways Executive Club offer lifetime status?

Does British Airways Executive Club have soft landings?

British Airways tier points (general):

What are British Airways tier points?

How many British Airways tier points do I earn per flight?

Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points return?

Do British Airways tier points work on a calendar year or membership year?

What happens to my British Airways tier points at the end of my membership year?

If I upgrade my British Airways flight what tier points and Avios do I earn?

Do I earn Avios and tier points on a British Airways codeshare flight?

Do I earn Avios and tier points on British Airways reward or redemption flights?

Can I swap Avios points for British Airways tier points?

Can you buy British Airways tier points?

Do I need to fly British Airways to get British Airways elite status?

What is the British Airways Executive Club telephone number for Blue members?

Executive Club Bronze status:

How do I get British Airways Executive Club Bronze status?

What are the benefits of British Airways Executive Club Bronze status?

Which British Airways lounges can I use with a British Airways Executive Club Bronze card?

Can you use business class check-in with a British Airways Executive Club Bronze card?

Do I drop from Bronze to Blue in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

What is the British Airways Bronze telephone number?

What is the baggage allowance for British Airways Executive Club Bronze members?

Executive Club Silver status:

How can I get British Airways Executive Club Silver status?

What are the benefits of British Airways Executive Club Silver status?

Which British Airways lounges can I use with a British Airways Executive Club Silver card?

Do I drop from Silver to Bronze in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

What is the British Airways Silver telephone number?

What is the baggage allowance for British Airways Executive Club Silver members?

Executive Club Gold status:

How can I get British Airways Executive Club Gold status?

What are the benefits of British Airways Executive Club Gold status?

Do I get additional Avios seat availability as a British Airways Gold member?

Which British Airways lounges can I use with a British Airways Executive Club Gold card?

Do I drop from Gold to Silver in British Airways Executive Club if I don’t earn enough tier points?

What is the British Airways Gold Priority Reward?

What is British Airways Executive Club Gold Guest List?

How do I get British Airways Gold Guest List status?

What is a British Airways Gold Upgrade For Two / For One Voucher?

What is the British Airways Gold telephone number?

What is the baggage allowance for British Airways Executive Club Gold members?

SECTION FOUR:  Avios

General Avios questions:

Is there an Avios joining bonus?

How do I book a flight using my Avios points?

How many Avios seats are there on each British Airways flight?

What is the Avios award chart?

What is the best use of Avios points?

How can I avoid Avios fees, taxes and charges?

Is there a downloadable list of the Avios needed for every British Airways route?

What is the calendar of peak and off-peak 2023 Avios redemption dates?

How far in advance can you book with Avios?

Can I use Avios points on Virgin Atlantic?

Can I use Avios points for Eurostar tickets?

When does British Airways release Avios reward flights?

Which airlines can I book with Avios points?

When do my Avios points expire? How can I stop my Avios expiring?

How do I extend the expiry date of my Avios points?

How can you stop your British Airways miles expiring?

Can you transfer your Avios points to someone else?

How many Avios do you need to fly in Business Class?

How many Avios do you need to fly in First Class?

How can you book hotels with Avios points?

Is it worth using Avios points for hotels?

What is the Avios distance chart?

Are Avios points useless and worthless?

What are the various British Airways fare classes?

Who are the Avios airline partners?

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

Can I pay for British Airways buy on board food and drink catering with Avios points?

How many Avios will I earn from my British Airways flight?

Do I earn Avios on a British Airways codeshare flight?

Do I earn Avios on reward or redemption flights?

What are the Avios cancellation fees?

How do I change an Avios booking?

Do I earn bonus Avios as a British Airways Bronze, Silver or Gold member?

Can I earn Avios if I fly with Emirates?

Do I earn extra Avios if I book with BA Holidays?

Can I book a flight for someone else using my Avios points?

Can I convert Virgin Points into Avios points?

How do I claim missing Avios points?

Can I claim Avios if I wasn’t a member when I flew?

Do I earn Avios if I book a flight for someone else?

How many Avios do I need to book a flight for an infant or baby?

How do I move Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club?

How do I move Avios from British Airways Executive Club to Qatar Airways Privilege Club?

How does Combine My Avios work from Iberia Plus to British Airways?

How can I transfer Avios from British Airways to Qatar Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Aer Lingus or Vueling using ‘Combine My Avios’?

What does it cost to cancel an Avios redemption flight?

How do I convert Avios points into Nectar points?

How can I Avios points into cash? Can I sell my Avios?

How to upgrade flights with Avios:

How do I upgrade my British Airways flight with Avios?

How many Avios points do I need to upgrade my flight?

How many Avios points do I need to upgrade to Premium Economy?

How many Avios points do I need to upgrade to Business Class?

How many Avios points do I need to upgrade to First Class?

Can I upgrade a flight booked with a BA Amex companion voucher?

Earn Avios with BA partner airlines:

Which 35 airlines can you earn Avios on?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Aer Lingus?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Alaska Airlines?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with American Airlines?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Cathay Pacific?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Finnair?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Iberia?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Iberia Express?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Japan Airlines?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with LATAM?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Malaysia Airlines?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Qantas?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Qatar Airways?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Royal Air Maroc?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Royal Jordanian?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with SriLankan Airlines?

Can I earn Avios and BA tier points if I fly with Vueling?

Spending Avios with BA partner airlines:

Can I spend Avios points on Aer Lingus flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Alaska Airlines flights?

Can I spend Avios points on American Airlines flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Cathay Pacific flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Finnair flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Iberia flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Japan Airlines flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Malaysia Airlines flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Qantas flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Qatar Airways flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Royal Air Maroc flights?

Can I spend Avios points on Royal Jordanian flights?

Can I spend Avios points on SriLankan Airlines flights?

Earn Avios with non-air partners:

Is it worth buying Avios points?

How much does it cost to buy Avios points?

Can I earn Avios buying wine?

How do I earn Avios when buying British Airways on-board duty free?

How do I earn Avios from my online internet shopping?

Is it better earning Avios or hotel points from hotel stays?

Who are British Airways hotel partners where I can earn Avios?

Can I earn Avios from Hertz / Avis / Europcar / Sixt or other car rental companies?

Can I earn Avios from Business Traveller magazine?

Can I earn Avios with Uber rides?

Can I earn Avios from Heathrow Express?

Can I earn Avios with Airbnb?

Can I earn Avios from airport parking?

How do I earn Avios at Bicester Village?

How do I convert Heathrow Rewards points into Avios?

How do I earn Avios from Nutmeg?

How do I earn Avios when buying petrol?

How do I convert BPme Rewards points into Avios?

How do I convert Nectar points into Avios?

Travelling from the UK regions:

Where can I fly from UK regional airports with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Aberdeen Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Belfast airports with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Birmingham Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Bristol Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Cardiff Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Cornwall Newquay Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from East Midlands Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Edinburgh Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Exeter Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Glasgow Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from the Isle of Man with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Leeds Bradford Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Liverpool Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Manchester Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Newcastle Airport with Avios points?

Where can I fly from Southampton Airport with Avios points?

SECTION FIVE:  British Airways and airport lounges

Can I pay to get into a British Airways airport lounge?

Can I use Avios points to get into a British Airways airport lounge?

Do I need my British Airways Executive Club membership card to get into a lounge?

Can I use American Airlines lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

Can I use Cathay Pacific lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

Can I use Iberia lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

Can I use Malaysia Airlines lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

Can I use Qantas lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

Can I use Qatar Airways lounges with a British Airways Silver or Gold card?

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