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

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

Bronze is one of four tiers of the Executive Club, British Airways’ frequent flyer membership scheme. In this article we’ll look at what the benefits are of holding British Airways Executive Club Bronze status.

When you first join British Airways Executive Club you’re given Blue membership. Being a Blue member doesn’t come with that many benefits so if you can it’s best to try and aim for Bronze. You can read more about what it takes to become a British Airways Bronze member here.

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

Bronze is the lowest of the elite levels of Executive Club, but it’s still got a lot more benefits than Blue, the membership status you receive when you first join. These are:

  • 25% bonus Avios on all British Airways, Iberia, American Airlines and Japan Airlines flights
  • free seat selection up to seven days before departure for you and anyone else on your booking
  • Club World, Club Europe or oneworld equivalent business class check in desks, regardless of your flight class
  • priority boarding

The official ba.com page outlining the benefits of Bronze status is here.

Although you don’t get access to any departure lounges, one of the more attractive benefits is being able to choose your seat for free from seven days in advance.

For non-status holding members seat selection is only available 24 hours before departure, so being a Bronze member gives you a good head start when it comes to where you want to sit on the aircraft.  You will also save substantial sums as British Airways charges for seat selection in all classes except First Class.

You can learn about the benefits of British Airways Silver status, if you hope to get promoted further, in this article.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

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