The Executive Club is the frequent flyer programme of British Airways. Members can earn Avios flying on BA and partner airlines and through a number of other means. Here is the latest news in connection with the Executive Club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Jose (Costa Rica), New York JFK and Mauritius.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.