British Airways Is Giving Away One Million Avios

You can win up to 250,000 Avios when shopping online through the Avios eStore up to 21 December.

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Selfridges Rocks Christmas 2018
Selfridges Rocks Christmas 2018 (Image Credit: Selfridges)

The Avios eStore has long been one of the most popular and easiest ways to earn Avios without actually stepping foot on board an aircraft.

There’s even more incentive to use the Avios eStore when shopping online before Christmas as BA is giving away one million Avios to members of the BA Executive Club.

All you need to do is spend more than £50 through the Avios eStore up to Friday 21 December 2018.

You could win one of three prizes of 250,000 Avios or 10 prizes of 25,000 Avios.

The offer is open to all members of the BA Executive Club resident in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle Of Man and the US. Remember you must make sure that you are logged in to your Executive Club account and “click through” the Avios eStore before starting your online orders.  You will be entered only once, and there will be only one winner per household.

The winners will be selected by Friday 15 February 2019.

Bonus Avios

In addition, the following online retailers are offering bonus Avios up to Sunday 23 December 2018:

One of the most generous offers is Selfridges which is offering 12 Avios per £1 spent. Note that some retailers may exclude specific product categories from Avios.

Apple – 6 Avios per £1, instead of 3.
Debenhams – 6 Avios per £1, instead of 3.
Fortnum & Mason – 10 Avios per £1, instead of 5.
Lego – 10 Avios per £1, instead of 5.
NET-A-PORTER – 12 Avios per £1, instead of 6.
Selfridges – 12 Avios per £1, instead of up to 6.

In addition, the following online retailers are offering bonus Avios up to Sunday 9 December 2018:

Etsy – 9 Avios per £1, instead of 2.
Very.co.uk – 3 Avios per £1, instead of 1.

BA releases 50,000 Club World reward seats

BA has released an additional 50,000 Club World reward seats for members of its Executive Club.

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British Airways Club World Boeing 747 (Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways)

British Airways has released an additional 50,000 Club World reward seats for members of its Executive Club programme.

The additional 50,000 seats are available for travel on direct one-way and return flights from Gatwick and Heathrow from Sunday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 31 March 2019. They must be booked by Sunday 2 December 2018.

To put this into context, BA ordinarily guarantees at least 2 Club World reward seats on every flight. It also operates in excess of 1,000 Club World seats a day between London and New York.

Members can book using their Avios balances at ba.com

The following routes are included:

London Gatwick:

Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Jose (Costa Rica), New York JFK and Mauritius.

London Heathrow:

Abuja, Accra, Amman, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Calgary, Cape Town, Chicago, Dallas Fort-Worth, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, Nashville, New Orleans, New York JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose California, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo Narita, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

The principal exclusions are routes to The Caribbean, Hong Kong, India (except Bangalore) and Sydney.

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£100 off BA long-haul economy flights for 5,000 Avios

British Airways is offering UK members of the Executive Club £100 off economy long-haul flights for for 5,000 Avios, up to 23:59 BST Monday 22 October 2018.

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Avios
Avios (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA has long offered the facility to reduce the cost of flights with a part-payment of Avios, the currency of its Executive Club frequent flyer programme.

This is rarely good value for money. However, BA has today, Friday 19 October 2018, launched a new promotion whereby you can reduce the cost of any long-haul economy return flight by £100 for 5,000 Avios.

The promotion applies to any long-haul economy return flight booked from the UK up to 23:59 BST on Monday 22 October 2018, for travel up to Wednesday 9 October 2019.

The offer is available to all UK registered members of the Executive Club. It only applies to flights booked through ba.com or a BA call centre.

Up to 9 passengers per booking can benefit from the £100 discount for 5,000 Avios each. The discount must be selected at the time of booking.

This is a good value promotion for a number of reasons:

– There are lead-in economy return fares of less than £300 to many North American destinations such as Boston, Chicago and New York. This means you could secure an long-haul economy return flight for around £200. This is ideal for a short and impromptu long-haul trip where you’re not concerned with checking in a bag.

– A family of four could benefit from a £400 discount to their holiday for 20,000 Avios. This does help take the edge off peak fares for those bound by school holidays.

– It’s probably one the best ways available to make use of a relatively small balance of Avios.
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BA relaxes lounge access rules for summer holidays

Members of the Gold Guest List can take up to five guests into BA lounges from Saturday 14 July to Sunday 3 September 2018.

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British Airways Lounge - London Gatwick South Terminal
British Airways Lounge – London Gatwick South Terminal (Credit: British Airways)

For as long as we can remember one of the biggest complaints about the BA Executive Club is the rule that allows Silver and Gold Executive Club members to bring only one guest into the lounges.

The biggest irritation is when an Executive Club member is travelling on their family holiday and cannot bring their whole family into the lounge.

BA has sought to address this in the past 12 months by allowing Gold cardholders to bring up to five guests into the Galleries Club lounges at Gatwick and Heathrow over Christmas and Easter.

BA has, once again, relaxed access lounge access rules from today, Saturday 14 July, to Sunday 2 September 2018.

However, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is that the rules appear to have been relaxed for all BA lounges.

The bad news is that rules have been relaxed only for members of the “Gold Guest List”.

The Gold Guest List is an Executive Club tier above Gold introduced a little over ten years ago. It is not that widely publicised. You have to earn 5,000 tier points in one year to become a member and 3,000 tier points in consecutive years to retain membership. Its benefits include access to a dedicated customer service telephone line, additional Avios redemption benefits, additional lounge guests, and a Hilton Honors Diamond membership.

Given the change of policy for the summer it’s not certain how this will be applied over Christmas.

This is one of a number of measures BA has introduced for families including “status hold” for new parents. If you’ve travelled through Terminal 5 recently you may have noticed a new family check-in area at the North side of the terminal. Certainly from anecdotal experience, even for the most frequent flyers, it is the experience when travelling with their own family that has the greatest influence on their perception of the airline.

You can now use Avios to pay for seat selection on BA

BA Executive Club members can now use Avios to pay for seat selection on BA operated flights.

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BA World Traveller Cabin, Boeing 777-300 aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

For airlines, charging for seating selection is the ultimate revenue raising exercise.

For passengers, the certainty of knowing where on the aircraft you will be seated can be of huge value. Whilst some can live the uncertainty. Others can’t bear it.

Not only that, beyond the initial IT expense, it costs airlines nothing to offer this service. All the extra revenue from seat selection charges goes straight to the bottom line.

BA has for nearly ten years charged for seat selection, except primarily for those travelling in First or Bronze, Silver and Gold Executive Club cardholders.

It was one of a number of measures introduced when the airline was scrambling to survive the post-Lehman Brothers financial crisis. Although many balked at the idea at the time, not least charging to reserve a seat in Club World, it has survived.

From today, Tuesday 8 May 2018, you can now use Avios to pay for seat selection in whole or in part, instead of cash.
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BA Executive Club Double Avios Promotion

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn double Avios on certain BA flights up to 31 December 2017.

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British Airways Executive Club Cards

Members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn double Avios on up to eight flights booked and flown between now and Sunday 31 December 2017.

In order to qualify you must pre-register at ba.com before booking any flights.

The offer applies to all British Airways operated flights from the U.K. as well as flights booked under a BA code and operated by American Airlines, Finnair, and Iberia between Europe, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico.  It also applies to services operated by BA subsidiary OpenSkies from Paris Orly and Newark and flights operated by BA franchise partner SUNAIR of Scandinavia.

It does not apply to flights operated by other BA franchises such as Comair in South Africa, nor flights operated by other IAG airlines, Oneworld alliance partners or other BA codeshare partners.

The offer is not open to members of the Executive Club in the USA, Canada, Mexico and South Africa.

If you are not a member of the Executive Club you can sign up at ba.com

BA releases 10,000 Club World reward seats for Christmas

BA has released an additional 10,000 Club World reward seats for members of its Executive Club this Christmas.

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British Airways Club World Boeing 747 (Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British Airways)

BA has made another move to curry favour from members of its Executive Club programme.

Hot on the heels of news that some members have been granted free renewal of their Executive Club cards, BA has announced that it has released an additional 10,000 reward seats in its Club World long-haul business class for Christmas 2017.

The additional 10,000 seats are available for travel over a 19 day period from Monday 18 December 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018. They are available to members of the British Airways Executive Club and the Avios programme.
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BA offers two years’ free Executive Club card renewal following IT outage

British Airways is offering frequent flyers caught in last week’s IT meltdown a free renewal of their Executive Club status for the next two years.

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British Airways Executive Club Cards
British Airways Executive Club Cards

After British Airways’ worst week in nearly ten years, the airline has begun to take steps to repair the damage to its brand and restore relationships with its frequent flyers.

The airline has e-mailed members of its Executive Club frequent flyer programme who were caught up in last week’s disruption to advise that their current Executive Club card status (e.g. Bronze, Silver or Gold) will be renewed automatically for the next two years.

This means that these members of the Executuve Club do not need to earn the requisite number of tier points to renew their current status level.  

This is not the first time BA has done this.  It has previously either offered or entertained requests for automatic renewal when there has been severe disruption at London Heathrow or when there has been a downturn in the economy.

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BA reinstates seat selection for cardholders on “basic” short-haul fares

Bronze, Silver and Gold members of the Executive Club can now select a seat for free when buying its “basic” short-haul fares.

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British Airways Short Haul Economy Cabin (Credit: British Airways)

A little over two years ago BA removed the right of its Bronze, Silver and Gold Executive Club cardholders to select a seat for free when booking its “basic” (formerly known as “Hand Baggage Only”) short-haul economy fares.

“Basic” is one of two types of short-haul economy fares on BA. The other is known as “Plus” which includes the option to check-in a bag for free.

The only option to select a seat at the time of booking was to pay for a seat assignment, as all other passengers are required to do, thus removing a valuable benefit of the Executive Club.

No doubt this was also to encourage Executive Club members to buy more expensive “Plus” short-haul economy fares. However, there was considerable criticism that many travellers are bound by their corporate travel policy to book the cheapest available fare. Therefore they had no option to buy “basic” fares and were not able to utilise all of the benefits of their Executive Club membership.

This benefit will be reinstated for all basic fares on short-haul flights from Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Clearly, this is good news. It at least, in part, reverses the trend of cuts by BA to its short-haul economy product. It also suggests that BA will not be following the trend of US airlines of stripping more benefits from its cheapest short-haul economy fares, such as lounge access or the ability to earn miles.

There’s more detail on the changes on ba.com

BA “status hold” for Executive Club members taking parental leave

BA has introduced a new policy allowing Executive Club members taking parental leave to “freeze” their current status.

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British Airways Lounge - London Gatwick South Terminal
British Airways Lounge – London Gatwick South Terminal (Credit: British Airways)

British Airways announced two major changes to its Executive Club frequent flyer programme today.

The first is the introduction of the option for members to put their account “on hold” for up to a year if they take maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

What this means is that if a member has Bronze, Silver or Gold status they do not need to earn the requisite number of tier points (eg 300, 600, or 1,500 tier points) in their membership year in order to renew their status for another year. However, tier points and Avios will still be earned if flights are taken whilst the account is on hold.
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