British Airway’s Executive Club offers those who travel with this airline the ability to accumulate miles and points that can be used for free flights and a number of other things. Joining this frequent flyer program is completely free and comes with a number of benefits for members. This particular program is ideal for those who are looking for short economy intra-regional flights in particular. The Avios Rewards program through British Airway’s Executive Club offer members an excellent way to go about saving money on flights and a variety of other things. Many people belong to this program, and it has been lauded as one of the best frequent flyer programs in the world. With low change/cancellation fees and the potential to redeem a variety of huge rewards, it is certainly worth looking into for those who fly with British Airways regularly.

General Information

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Pros

  • Discounted off-peak awards
  • Unlimited stopovers
  • Award price from 4K avios
  • Priority boarding on American Airlines flights

Cons

  • Poor availability of partner awards
  • Major airlines impose fuel surcharge
  • First class awards cost triple vs. economy rewards

Fees & Charges

  • Phone booking fee
    $25
  • Cancellation fee
    $55
  • Change award fee
    $55

Additional Information

Expiration: Avios expire 36 months since last activity.
For some programs, an activity is any accrual of miles, crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles. For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.

Transfer Partners

1,000
Chase points
1 : 1
1,000
avios
Instant
1,000
Chase points
1 : 1
1,000
avios
Instant
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
avios
30 days
1,000
Starwood points
1 : 1
+5,000 BONUS
1,000
avios
30 days
1,000
Avios points
1 : 1
1,000
avios
Instant
1,000
Avios points
1 : 1
1,000
avios
Instant
1,000
Amex points
1.25 : 1
800
avios
Instant
1,000
Amex points
1.25 : 1
800
avios
Instant
1,000
Hyatt points
2.5 : 1
400
avios
56 days
1,000
Hyatt points
2.5 : 1
400
avios
56 days
1,000
Marriott points
2.8 : 1
357
avios
42 days
1,000
Marriott points
2.8 : 1
357
avios
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
avios
42 days
1,000
IHG points
5 : 1
200
avios
42 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
avios
42 days
1,000
Carlson points
10 : 1
100
avios
42 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
avios
4 days
1,000
Hilton points
10 : 1
100
avios
4 days

The ratio is the number of flexible reward points it would take to transfer to Executive Club.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.

Airlines And Fuel Surcharge

This table will show you the partner airlines can be booked online and those which impose fuel surcharge.

Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
Aer Lingus Aer Lingus
No alliance
airberlin airberlin
oneworld®
Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines
No alliance
Flybe Flybe
No alliance
Japan Transocean Air Japan Transocean Air
oneworld®
LAN Argentina LAN Argentina
oneworld®
LAN Colombia LAN Colombia
oneworld®
LAN Ecuador LAN Ecuador
oneworld®
LATAM Chile LATAM Chile
oneworld®
LATAM Paraguay LATAM Paraguay
No alliance
LATAM Peru LATAM Peru
oneworld®
NIKI NIKI
oneworld®
Qatar Airways Qatar Airways
oneworld®
Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian
oneworld®
Airline
Online
Booking
Fuel
Surcharge
Alliance
SriLankan Airlines SriLankan Airlines
oneworld®
American Airlines American Airlines
oneworld®
British Airways British Airways
oneworld®
Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific
oneworld®
Dragonair Dragonair
No alliance
Finnair Finnair
oneworld®
Iberia Iberia
oneworld®
Japan Airlines Japan Airlines
oneworld®
LATAM Brasil LATAM Brasil
oneworld®
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
oneworld®
Qantas Qantas
oneworld®
S7 Airlines S7 Airlines
oneworld®
Meridiana Meridiana
No alliance

British Airways was originally founded in 1974 and it is currently the largest airline in the United Kingdom with regards to its fleet size. When measured by passengers carried, this airline is the second-largest in the United Kingdom behind easyJet. It is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. With a fleet size of 268 aircrafts flying to 183 different destinations, this airline was privatized back in February of 1987 as part of a wide privatization plan by the Conservative government. You will find that this airline offers a rewards program for those who fly with British Airways often, called the Executive Club program. There are a number of benefits associated with this program that you will definitely want to take the time to look into.

 

Executive Club Program

The Executive Club is a frequent flyer program offered by British Airways. Those who belong to this club will be able to earn two different types of points through it—Avios and Tier points. These two different types of points are earned in different ways, but the program itself offers members a number of benefits. Some of the benefits that members of this program stand to gain include rewards flights, hotel bookings, cabin upgrades, and a variety of exclusive member-only deals. There are a number of different rules and terms that must be met with this program though, which is why it’s so important that you learn all you can about it.

 

Earning Executive Club Points

British Airways changed the way the Executive Program worked back in November of 2011 with the introduction of Avios currency. Members of this program still earn at least one Avios point per mile they fly on all British Airway flights. The number of Avios you earn on oneworld and partner airlines varies though. Members also earn a class of service along with tier bonuses in addition to base earn rates. A minimum of 500 Avios is guaranteed with all British Airway flights, even when the route falls short of 500 miles. Tier points are different from Avios in that they cannot be purchased, shared, or spent. The purpose of these points is to help members move through the elite status tiers of this program. While there is no official chart for detrerming the number of Tier Points you will earn on a single flight, the total amount varies depending on the airline, fare class, cabin of travel, and the route. Those who go on longer flights in a premium cabin typically earn more Tier Points than others.

 

Redeeming Executive Club Points

Most Executive Club members choose to use their points to redeem free British Airways flights, though there are a number of other things you can use them for. This airline uses a distance-based model for redeeming points. You will find that each leg of your reward itinerary is calculated separately with no layovers, open jaws or stopovers. This means that if you travel from London to New York with a layover somewhere in between, the total cost of your trip will ultimately be the total of the two individual legs. While this might not be quite as lucrative for those who are on a longer flights with connections, people who take shorter nonstop flights will benefit. All passengers must pay any necessary taxes, fees, or carrier charges on the reward flights they redeem. These extra costs will depend on the airline, but British Airways does not cover fuel surcharges. You also have the option using your Avios for flight upgrades. If you want a little bit more room to stretch your legs on your flight, you can use the “Book and Upgrade” form to search availability and make your booking.

 

Routing Rules

British Airways does allow unlimited stopovers on award tickets, but only within reason. There are very few rules concerning stopovers for Executive Club members. This airline states in their rules that there are no charges for stopovers included in an Award itinerary. Where stopovers are at connecting points on the most direct route between origin and destination.

 

Redeem on Upgrades

Executive Club members will be able to upgrade a cash booking to the next cabin wherever there is availability. You will be able to upgrade on British Airways, lberia, and American Airlines flights. Upgrades are allowed at the time of booking, or you can upgrade an existing flight. You have the option of upgrading one-way or return. If you want to upgrade an award flight, you will be able to do so on British Airways official website.

 

Booking Fees & Charges

British Airways doesn’t charge any fee for booking too late. There is a $55 charge for changing flights, and a $55 fee for reinstating award tickets. There is $25 Additional Service Centre fee for date/time changes, cancellation, and Avios redeposit.

 

Elite Levels

There are four different tiers that you can be a part of with British Airways’ Executive Club, including the Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Everyone starts out at the blue tier, but it takes 300 points to move up to Bronze, 600 to move up to Silver, and 1500 to get to the Gold tier. You will of course want to keep in mind that all Tier Points earned reset to zero at the end of your membership year. All of the Tier Points you earn as a member count towards your Lifetime Tier Points, which can earn you all kinds of rewards. From being able to book award flights to cabin upgrades and hotel rooms, you will find that there are lots of reasons to consider becoming a member of the Executive Club. There are already thousands of people who have joined because of all the benefits associated with doing so. In the end you will be glad you looked into this program.

 

Benefits of Executive Club Program

Some of the benefits you can get from higher tier levels include an additional baggage allowance, reservation assurance, no booking or service fees for Priority Reward bookings, additional reward flight availability in economy, lounge access when flying with British Airways and partner airlines, and much more. There are a lot of different benefits associated British Airways’ Executive Club program, including the fact that earning points/miles is very easy. There are a variety of ways to earn points as an Executive Club member, so you will never have to worry about being limited at all. The fact that there are minimal booking fees and very lax routing rules also make this program worth looking into.