BA Introduces Pay Excess Baggage Fees With Avios

You can now use Avios to pay for excess baggage charges on British Airways flights.

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Avios (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has introduced the ability to pay for excess baggage charges using Avios.

This follows a move last year to allow passengers to use their Avios to pay for seat selection charges.

This applies only to British Airways operated flights. Rather unhelpfully, BA has not published a set tariff of Avios charges for excess baggage and this is unlikely to be the best use of Avios.

Excess baggage charges can vary widely by route, cabin, and type of fare. These charges have become more prevalent with the rise of “basic economy” short and long-haul fares. They can range from £20 to £120 per bag, so this may be at least a good way for some to take the edge off parting with cash.

Passengers can use Avios to pay for excess baggage charges in full or in part and passengers with existing bookings can compare charges using the Manage My Booking tool on ba.com

Full details of BA’s current cash seat selection charges can also be viewed at ba.com

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

British Airways is offering UK members of the Executive Club £100 off long-haul flights for for 5,000 Avios, up to 23:59 GMT Tuesday 12 February 2019.

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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 8 February 2019, once again launched a promotion whereby you can reduce the cost of any long-haul economy or premium economy return flight by £100 for 5,000 Avios.

The promotion only applies to BA operated flights and not codeshares. You can also reduce the cost of a one-way long-haul flight by £50 for 2,500 Avios.

The promotion applies to any long-haul economy or premium economy return flight booked from the UK up to 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 12 February 2019 for travel up to Sunday 30 June 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 around £300 to many North American destinations. This means you could secure an long-haul economy return flight for around £200.

– A family of four could benefit from a £400 discount to their holiday for 20,000 Avios.

– It’s probably one the best ways available to make use of a relatively small balance of Avios.
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The Economist Bonus Avios Subscription Offer

You can earn up to 25,200 bonus Avios if you take up a subscription to The Economist before 31 January 2019.

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British Airways Bonus Avios Economist Subscription Offer.
British Airways Bonus Avios Economist Subscription Offer.

You can earn up to 25,200 bonus Avios for your British Airways Executive Club account if you take up a subscription to The Economist.

This applies to all combinations of print and digital subscriptions in most regions of the world.

The precise number of bonus Avios, which ranges from 10,200 to 25,200, depends on for how long you take up a subscription. The most lucrative Avios earning offer is a three year print and digital subscription.

This is a regularly recurring offer and has also been offered by other frequent flyer programmes that use Avios, such as Iberia.

The offer expires on Thursday 31 January 2019. Simply visit ba.com and click the link to The Economist website to take up a subscription.

Please note that there are specific terms and conditions regarding the cancellation of subscriptions and refunds regarding this offer.

BA Relaxes Lounge Access Rules For Christmas

British Airways has relaxed lounge access rules for selected members of the Executive Club from Friday 14 December to Sunday 6 January 2019.

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

British Airways has once again relaxed its lounge access rules for the Christmas and New Year period.

One of the biggest irritations for Executive Club members when travelling with their family on holiday is that cannot bring their whole family as guests into the lounges.

BA has sought to address last Christmas by allowing Gold cardholders to bring up to five guests into the Galleries Club lounges at Gatwick and Heathrow. It has now become a regular occurrence over Easter and the summer holidays.

BA has, once again, relaxed access lounge access rules for all BA lounges from Friday 14 December 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.

However, unlike last Christmas, the rules appear to have been relaxed for selected members on an invitation only basis. This is most likely for Gold cardholders with a very high number of annual tier points.

If you are a Gold member of the Executive Club it’s worth checking your e-mails to see whether this applies to you.

Unfortunately, if you have not received an invitation, then normal lounge guesting rules will apply.

A gentle reminder that it is not within the control of the lounge staff to flex the rules. Please do not pressure staff into doing so.

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 (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