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What is a British Airways ‘Family & Friends’ list?

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How does a British Airways ‘Family and Friends’ list work?  And how do you create a BA ‘Family and Friends’ list?  Today I thought I’d take a look.

We wrote a Head for Points article recently on how to set up a British Airways household account.

Household Accounts have obvious benefits, allowing the Avios points from your entire family to be used for a single redemption.  However, a BA household account used to come with a massive caveat – if you had one, you could never redeem for anyone outside your Household Account.

What is a British Airways 'Family & Friends' list?

For many people, this was not a problem.  For me, it was a massive deal breaker.  I regularly redeem tickets for my parents in law in Germany or other extended family members.  A few years ago I booked a seat at a few hours notice for a relative in Canada whose daughter had become seriously ill whilst travelling in Venice.  I want that flexibility.

The ‘Family and Friends’ list is BA’s attempt to solve this problem.

A ‘Family & Friends’ list allows members of a British Airways Executive Club household account to book tickets for people who are not in the household account, as long as they are on the ‘Family & Friends’ list.

How do British Airways ‘Family & Friends’ lists work?

This is how it is described by BA.  Go to ba.com, click on Executive Club and then Household Accounts.  You will come to this page.  Scroll down and you will see a reference to ‘Family & Friends’.

This is how BA describes it:

Once you have a Household Account, you can create a list of family and friends, so you can spend your Household Avios on more people who are important to you, and who don’t live at the same address as you.

There is then a link which allow you to create a ‘Family & Friends’ list.

There is a long T&C’s on ba.com, but I have distilled it for you:

  • You can have five people on your Family & Friends list
  • A person cannot be removed from your Family & Friends list until they have been on it for six months
  • Only the head of the Household Account can add or remove people from the Family & Friends list.  This means that you can only have one Family & Friends list per household account, rather than per person.
  • You need the full name, date of birth and an email address to add someone to your Family & Friends list

Overall, the launch of the Friends & Family list was a massive improvement to how Household Accounts work with British Airways and it deserves credit for implementing it.  It made Household Accounts a lot more attractive.

What is the British Airways ‘Travel Companions’ list?

At the same time as they launched ‘Family & Friends’, British Airways also brought in an online ‘Travel Companions’ list.

If you regularly book revenue or award tickets for someone, you can now store their details online.  This will make it substantially quicker to make repeated bookings.  This has no impact on your Household Account or ‘Friends & Family’ list.

Again, this is a simple improvement to ba.com but one which should save some people a lot of time.

(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 (May 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

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.

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